August 25th, 2020
Growing up as a kid, I loved reading superhero comic books. As I settle into my fifties, I still love watching superhero movies. I’m hoping to stay a kid at heart for as long as I can. All of this got me thinking about what realistic superpowers we have and what my own superpower might be.
Everyone has something special that they are really good at. It’s just a matter of finding out what it is. It may sound crazy, but I stumbled upon my superpower a few weeks ago. I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine who is in the window business. He was asking me about how I was doing with retail sales, as it is so different than manufacturing sales.
I said, “You know, it is amazing, but I seem to connect with people really quickly and I build a nice rapport with them.” I went on to explain that my customers really seem to trust me and how I don’t take that for granted. If they don’t need new windows, I have no problem suggesting an alternative idea to them.
“Are you kidding with me?” my friend asked me. I wasn’t sure what he meant. But he went on to say, “One of the reasons I have really enjoyed working with you over the years is because you connect with people so easily.” I was genuinely surprised by this, as I just never thought about it much.
I enjoy meeting new people. I also enjoy being in new situations, along with the relationships and friendships I have formed over the years. In this way, over time, I have unknowingly worked on improving my superpower. I know that I am fortunate to have this “gift” and I know that it has helped me to become a better “me” over the years.
So, in turn, I ask you: What’s your superpower? What are you really gifted at? Is it numbers? Analytics? Building rapport? Public speaking? Patience? Are you great with details? Maybe you are fortunate enough to be great at a lot of different things? Whatever the case may be, you need to harness your superpower and really craft it into something special. I know what you are thinking: The “experts” always say you should figure out your weakness and turn it into a strength. I understand this. But I also think it is just as important not to ignore your strengths, which you should hone to become the best you can be. And, besides, who is a better “expert” on you than yourself!
Understanding yourself and knowing your own strengths and weaknesses is important to unlocking a more successful version of yourself. With all that is happening around us, it is important to stay positive—to work on yourself. Listen to podcasts, read or listen to books and do the things that are necessary to separate yourself from mediocrity.