In the movies, characters get their superpowers through interactions with radioactive spiders, mutations or contact with far-flung artifacts from space. People in the real world are born with their superpowers. The problem is, they just don’t always know it.
My superpower is creation: I manifest an idea, create a vision and curate a team to make it happen. Once everything is underway that’s my queue to exit stage-right – I’m not good at the management and details of the process.
And that’s fine.
Part of knowing your superpower allows you to identify the stuff that isn’t in your wheelhouse: your weaknesses. This applies if you’re an entrepreneur running your own business or if you work inside a company.
Over the years I’ve done a whole lot of introspection to identify both my strengths and weaknesses and doing this has helped me find my success. And it can help you too.
So how do you find your superpower?
Here are four key hacks to identify and develop yours.
1. Know what drives you
Finding your superpower is going to be a real struggle if you’re not doing something you love.
Think about the last time you were working on a project of any kind. What were the parts of the project you gravitated towards? And what did you want no part of? What you love to do is usually where you’ll find what you’re extremely good at.
2. Find people who compliment your strengths
When you’re working out what your strengths and weaknesses are, take a look around you and find a person (or people) who complement your strengths. Connect and network with people who have greater skills and abilities that you don’t have.
For me, I found this in my business partner, Frank Restuccia. Without Frank, there’d be no Finder, and for that matter, there’d be no Fred. If you can find people that fill the gaps of what you’re weakest at, you have a much better chance of achieving everything you want to achieve.
3. Don’t do things you're not good at
It’s common to focus on your weaknesses and try to improve what you’re not good at. But I submit to you to try doing the opposite and focus purely on your strengths.
This is often where many people stumble. At this point, you know what you’re good at and you’ve surrounded yourself with people who you can learn from. It will empower people around you to do their best work while you can focus on what you’re good at.
4. Don’t be the limiting factor in your growth
Once you have identified your superpower, it’s important to fully embrace it. Keep developing and building on top of your strengths. Study it, learn from others who also share the same superpower as you, and immerse yourself in that field.
Become obsessed with mastering your craft. If you don’t continue to learn and grow your mastery, you will become the limiting factor in your growth and your business.
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