Finding Your Super Power

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…

  1. Write down your passion
  2. Write down what you are most knowledgeable about or love to actually do
  3. 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?


  1. Tricia Binion Gardner on March 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    This is a little more than 10 words, but here it is…. “I’m a good homemaker because I empathize with people and anticipate their needs.”

    This post really touched me because sometimes I feel as if staying at home and taking care of my family is seen as lazy. I know it isn’t, but to alot of the world, it is. Now I have something to describe what I really do and feel powerful when say it!! Thank you!!!

    • D. Sweet-Williams on July 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Tricia don’t ever think that taking care of your family is a form of laziness. As I placed on my resume and job applications when returning to work I listed my time at home as being a domestic engineer. My duties included being an executive chef, a chauffeur, a nurse, a psychologist, budget and event planner, organizer and family historian (capturing memories to share down through the years) and early childhood educator. Honey that is what a mother and wife and homemaker is. Be proud!

      I help women empower themselves so they can become advocates for their children in the educational system. 17 words

      • Home Maker on September 23, 2016 at 6:26 am

        Oh my goodness this has tuched me in such a tremendous way! Thank you for helping me to truly understand my role at home.

    • Pinky on April 7, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      I am a young girl passionate about bullying and the emotional outcome. Some children do not have a voice or are fearful of repercussions, this reduces self confidence and creates social issues with added peer pressure. There is no place for bullying, so my voice and story will be heard, giving others the strength to speak out. x

  2. Keisha Hill on March 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    My first smart-mouthed answer was going to be that I change atomic diapers and leap mounds of laundry in a single bound – now you’re forcing me to actually think about this. Thanks ;;)

  3. Cassie Beauvais on March 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I suppose my super power is to fight for human rights through music and writing, even though I’m still a teen. This was a spectacular article, though! This website is always making me feel more empowered and emotionally stronger. Thanks so much.

  4. gretchen on March 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    So I’m making you all think, eh? I told you my Super Power is to “Challenge”. b-)

  5. Him on March 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Many women wait to be swept away by some torrent of power without realizing that they can influence their lives in a greater way than any person or situation out there. Whether you are waiting for a guy or a career, it really is up to you, the woman, to make it happen. At the very least, a strong effort needs to be given.

    Just as the article implies, Strengths are developed and often revealed through the trials of life. Examine the past, and grown because of it.

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  7. troisnyx* on December 22, 2009 at 2:08 am

    My super power would be…

    *thinks again*

    I’m having trouble putting it in ten words. Help ? o.O

    • gretchen on December 22, 2009 at 8:21 am

      You don’t have to be exact with it or get it perfect the first time. Start by writing down the things you’re really good at and then keep revising it until it makes sense for you. ;)

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  9. Amira on May 31, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    My 10 words: “I am bright and shine my light to the world.”
    P.S. Check out my blog, It’s a blog written by me, for girls. Crafts, activities, polls, and advice are written on there. Leave a comment if you are able, please!!! :) And, in my recommended sites section, Girls Can’t WHAT is definetley there!

    • gretchen on June 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

      That’s awesome Amira – thanks for sharing!

  10. alyssa jones on October 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I’m 11 yrs old. Ive played American football in pads on a boys team since I was 7. My position is middle linebacker or free safety. I love to blitz and have 3 interceptions this season. My super power is “I play and compete with boys my age. I love the game and play it well!! “

  11. Fumani on March 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Young girls are the future

  12. Ayesha on June 30, 2016 at 7:11 am

    My superpower is in my leadership skill. i want to work for women of my country. i am writer too. i am running a girls’ society in my institution. All i want is to inspire other girls to stand up for their rights.

    • Shanell Latham on December 25, 2016 at 12:12 am

      Iesha this is real good I’m a writer to a rapper I stand up for the youth group girls

  13. Tonya on August 7, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    This article was everything! I’ve been back and forth with what I want to do to make someone else’s life better. So here’s my 10 words (9 really)…
    I help urban black female teens 14-18 find opportunities.

    • Tonya on August 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      I have a mentoring organization maybe we can network on ideas and what works best to help them reach their full potential in life.

  14. Tonya on August 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    This post just saved my organization I stated years ago called Girls II Women, Inc. a mentoring organization for at risk young girls. I stopped for what I used as an excuse that my brother died and I needed time to heal but the truth is I lost passion I knew in my heart I wanted to work with women. I never wanted children of my own but still had a passion for them. I have one daughter and we have the most precious relationship we do everything together and its always been like that. Traveling, pampering, dining, movies, church, pray etc. I kept trying for the last three years to start it back up but couldn’t find the passion or real interest to do so. I kept praying is this what God really wants me to do, if so I need something unique and genuine. It wasn’t until this post that I found the real passion for my organization. I want to help build the bridge to mother daughter relationship. something my hometown need so badly. I want to help Build the woman in the little girl and heal the little girl in the woman. I can work with young girls and still have my passion of working with women to build a better life regardless of circumstance. I want them to not only set goals and dreams but achieve them too. As I stated that I never wanted children but God blessed me with the gift of a beautiful girl who is 20 and I constantly get commits what an awesome job I have done with her. she is 20 still a virgin, works full time at the airport and about to start massage therapy school (her dream career). Life knocked us down but we kept pushing together.

    • Yvonne Gayle on October 10, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Hello Tonya I relate to your story so much because this is where I am. I was doing a girls empowerment workshop at my salon once a month and I stopped because my personal life got turned upside down. I know that this is a vision that God gave me and I’m in the processs of starting it back again. It wasn’t that I lost my passion I lost me. Now that I have redidicated my life to Christ I know what His purpose is for me with this vision that He gave me. Thank you for being brave enough to share your story.

  15. Home Maker on September 23, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Thank you for existing love this website

  16. Yvonne Gayle on October 10, 2016 at 5:29 am

    My Super power is I love inspiring and empowering young girls and women. I’m a passionate hairstylist by trade and I absolutely love what I do. The added bonus is that I meet and spend time with women and young girls on a daily bases.

  17. Keishanna on October 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

    My super power is encouraging, motivating, and directing millennials towards being self sufficient and successful adults. Being a single mother of four youth who are now 17, 18, 19, and 20 and realizing the attention, support and guidance they needed made me finally understand that it’s not always a youth in a negative environment. These youth could come from upper, middle or lower class families and still need direction cause mom and dad are providers and not supporters or whatever the case may be.

  18. Teen Advice on April 20, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Hey there, first of all thank you so much for this post and honestly I was searching for the same information from last few days. Keep posting and keep sharing.

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