Everybody has a super hero power (or at least I haven’t found anybody yet who doesn’t.) The funny thing is, not everybody knows what their super hero power is (or at least not off the top of their head.) The people that know their super hero power and use it, find work more rewarding and they get more rewards. Why? Because they are giving their best where they have their best to give. They stand out. They go into a flow state more often. They make more impact because they get leverage and they play to their strengths.
Your One-Liner Super Hero Power
I highly recommend expressing your super hero power as a one-liner. I like helping people find their one-liner super hero power. It’s fun to help people unleash their best. In fact, one of my super powers is, I “make others great.” Another one is, I “stand on the shoulder’s of giants” or “turn insight into action.” One of my former manager’s is “take teams from good to great.” One of my friend’s is “frame and name a problem.” Another friend has the super power to “innovate at the speed of thought” and “turn ideas into working software.” I encourage people to use it on their resume. It makes them stand out.
It’s similar to having a one-liner vision. For example, I think ITunes is “world’s best music store.” I think Google’s might be “organize the world’s information.” I think Starbucks’ might be “world’s best coffee.” These one-liner tag lines make it really easy to stand out and stick in the hearts and minds of yourself and others. They are empowering. They are compelling. They are simple reminders that give you lift off or get you back on track.
Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Which is a better day at work? Slogging through the day, or mastering your craft while flexing your super hero power? I look for ways to test my strengths. I grow more from it. The more I grow my super power, the more valuable I become. It’s a self-fulfilling loop and the beauty is working on my super hero power gives me energy. I can do it all day … and then some.
Finding Your Super Hero Power
You might figure it yourself, but I recommend asking a trusted set of friends, as well. What do they rely on your for? What do you do better than anybody else? For example, one of my friends has a knack for “orchestrating a group.” He’s like a band leader and he doesn’t even have to try. It’s wired in him.
Your super hero power might be a blind spot. Here’s why. It comes so easy to you, you might not value it. Or, you might not have thought about it in the context of your current job. A friend can help you see what you might not see in yourself (remember the Johari Window?) You might have several super hero powers. Look for the one that maximizes your passion, profit, and value.
So find it. Name it. Have fun with it. Make your one-liner evocative. And, when the going gets tough, whip out your super power. If we all unleash our strengths, it might be just the boost the economy needs.
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