How do you think you would feel about your career if you believed you have superpowers that others need?
It’s an inspirational way to look at your career passions, focus and strengths.
As a kid who grew up with a German father and Icelandic mother, I had both practicality and whimsy infused into my DNA.
I love percentages. It’s why I’m so good at making decisions based off of numbers. (German side)
I also love the idea of having superpowers. Stuff that I do that others wish they could do. (Icelandic side)
You probably know how much I talk about unlocking your superpowers. In fact, I have an e-course dedicated to it.
When I first started my career coaching practice, I focused on strengths (practical), but left out the whimsical side. I also kept falling into the trap of leaving out the emotional side (passion). But I kept coming back to the idea of superpowers. It’s just a much more fun way to look at our skill set. It’s more whimsical and empowering.
When I first started coaching people, I was afraid to mention the word “superpowers” thinking that they would laugh at me. When I did, I would say something like, “What is your strongest superpower, AKA strength.”
I realize now that it diluted the impact of what I was trying to accomplish with my clients.
When I finally owned up to using the word “superpowers”, everything clicked. I got better results for my clients and I had a lot more fun coaching them.
Your Career Superpowers
Many of you asked how I came up with the idea of a superpower. I would explain that too many people focus on strengths at work and forget about passion and focus.
Because my parents recently just came for a visit, I see a little more clearly who I used to be and who I am today. As I sipped on a cup of coffee with my dad, I saw myself in him, and I realized something very important.
Superpowers are passed on from generation to generation. It’s how we leverage our superpowers that makes us different from our parents.
When I talk to a client that takes their past into account as they make career decisions I found they made better decisions. They try to remember why they've been successful in some situations and not others and how to set themselves up for better success for the upcoming project.
It’s this balanced approach that also helps them follow through with their idea. Follow through comes from understanding your superpowers and your weaknesses, so you can work with people that complement you instead of those that replicate your superpowers.
Unlock Your Superpowers
To be able to find people who complement your superpowers, you need to have a fundamental understanding of what your superpowers are. Once you know what skills you are passionate about, get in the zone with (focus), and that come easy to you (strengths), then you can add people to your team (network) who can help you and those that need your help as well.
I wrote the Unlock Your Superpowers Manifesto to help you dive deeper into the idea of career superpowers, so you can connect with people that complement you instead of weaken you.
You can learn more and download the Unlock Your Superpowers manifesto right here.
I hope it provides inspiration to follow your superpowers in your career choices. The world needs people with your passion, focus and strengths to make this world a better place, so go grab your favorite drink and take an hour to read the book. You should find something to help you illuminate your next career decision.
If you know someone that could use a career boost, please send them the manifesto, or even better, send them a link to download the book. Thanks!
* Want to win a career strategy session with me. Just leave a comment below, letting me know you downloaded the ebook and what your greatest career superpower is. Looking forward to reading them.