Traditionally, we think of a Super Power as some freak ability or the possession of an object like Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth. We joke around on Facebook notes, memes and social profiles about what our Super Power might be if we had one. We answer as if it’s just wishful thinking.
But the truth is you do have a Super Power. And just like your favorite cartoon heroine, you can change the world with your Super Power – but only when you know what it is. Are you ready to find out?
What Makes You Super?
In every Super Heroine story, there is a problem to solve and Super Heroine with just the right skills to do the job. In this world, there are oodles of problems for you to solve. Knowing what makes you Super is your key to picking the right battles. Heroines all have one thing in common: Passion. That is what makes you Super. Your passion will help you locate injustice and bring it to light. Passion will drive you and inspire you to make a difference. But Passion is useless without Power.
Where is Your Power?
Every heroine had a strength. In order to solve the problem, she would turn to her strength to fight the battle and save the day. In order to fight your battle, you have to define your strength. The good news is that you’ve been developing it all along. Your passion did not show up overnight. You’ve put a lot of thought and research into it. You’ve trained for it. You’ve studied it. You KNOW every aspect of it by heart. You LOVE it. It fuels you like nothing else.
What is this secret power you’ve unknowingly developed? If you’re a School House Rock fan then you already know this….Knowledge is Power! You can’t be passionate about a topic without building up a wealth of information about it. It’s now time to harness your Passion and your Knowledge into the unstoppable combination known as the Super Power.
What is your Super Power?
Has someone ever caught you off-guard by asking what you do? You likely responded by saying your occupation or telling where you go to school, right? How lame do you usually feel when you say that? I know when I say “web developer,” the person’s eyes usually glaze over and they lose interest in the conversation quickly. I used to wish I had come up with a better answer and now I have one. The next time someone asks me what I do, I’m going to tell them my Super Power. You will, too.
Here’s how to figure it out in 3 easy steps…
- Write down your passion
- Write down what you are most knowledgeable about or love to actually do
- Combine the two into 10 words or less
Let me give you a little more detail on how I worked this out. I knew my passion was women’s rights, female empowerment, feminism, etc. I also knew that more specifically I am passionate about helping women get past stereotypes and road blocks that prevent them from reaching their dreams. That is, of course, how I ended up with this web site. For the knowledge part, I looked at what I preferred to study and learn about the most. I love books on intuition, goal-setting, achieving the extraordinary, beating the odds, self-motivation, etc. I eat them up.
Next, I took a blank piece of paper and began writing down answers to the question “What is your Super Power?” using my Passion and my Knowledge to find keywords that resonated with me. I started with a couple of sentences but I kept rewriting and paring it down until I had a 10-word statement that identified a problem and what I am doing to resolve it. Here is my Super Power:
I challenge women to break stereotypes and achieve their dreams.
It is important to keep it short and sweet. Like an elevator pitch – meaning you have to be able to memorize it and recite it within a few seconds. The shorter the better so the person you are answering can fully grasp it. The next time someone asks you what you do or you have to fill out your online profile, tell them your Super Power. :D
So What is Your Super Power?
Maybe you are passionate about women’s rights legislation and you want to close the wage gap. Maybe your passion is animals and you want to relocate abandoned pets. Maybe you love soccer and want to draw more attention to girls sports.
Finding problems is easy. Solving them takes a Super Power. What’s yours?