What would you put? If you don’t know, it’s worth deciding.
When I talk about superpowers, I’m talking about what makes you special. Everyone has something that makes them stand out. In order to excel in your work or get that job offer, you better know what makes you unique.
How To Find Your Superpower
You probably minimize your superpower because it comes so naturally to you that you could do it in your sleep. But other people struggle with it. What’s the thing you can do that seems so easy to you but that seems to amaze others? Mapping out a big project? Helping people feel deeply understood? (You have more than one superpower.)
Think about it. Better yet, ask others what they would say is a unique talent of yours. They can see it better than you can.
Another way to discover your superpowers is to take a personality test (such as Myers-Briggs) to see where you excel. For instance, if you find out you’re an introvert, you’ll learn how they are amazing at cutting to the heart of the matter.
I figured out my superpowers with my coach. I’ve decided to write my superpowers on the back of my new business card. Isn’t that what people really want to know before they hire you? They want to know “what makes you so special?” Be ready to tell them.
Clarifying your superpower(s) is a great way to define your personal brand. The buzzword for 2010 is personal branding. Branding isn’t just for businesses and entrepreneurs anymore, it’s for every individual who wants to earn a living.
As drafted for my new business card, here they are:
- Uncovering and mobilizing your superpowers!
- Bringing our hearts to online and offline communications.
- Making networking fun – even for introverts!
- Getting to Aha and Aaaaah – today.
(Update: you can see the final list I used on my business cards here.)
Are you ready to say what some of your superpowers are in the comments box below? It’s OK to tell us. It can be a brief rough draft. No one will hold you to it. Try it on.
And for extra credit… now that you know one or more of your superpowers, consider whether you’re using them to their potential!
Recommended Resources About Personal Branding
- Book: The Anti-Resume Revolution (2009) by Angela Lussier
- Book: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (2010) by Seth Godin
- Blog post: Personal Branding for Introverts (2009) by Andrew Hedges
Resources for Discovering and Activating Your Inner Superhero
- Quiz: Which Superhero Are You?
- The Personal Productivity Encyclopedia of Superhero Powers (2008) by Matt Cornell