What's Your Superpower?
I believe that everyone has a superpower. Just wanted to put that out there.
In order to be successful, I believe one has to figure out what that superpower is and then spend as much time as humanly possible developing it.
Most people hear the word "superpower" and think it has to be some grandiose thing. It doesn't. It can be extremely simple and pedestrian. But if it's your superpower than that means that you're uniquely skilled at developing that one thing.
Your superpower could be that you're able to communicate effectively. Another could be that you're really good at creating art in different mediums. My wife's is that she's extremely patient and empathetic, so when it comes to references from former co-workers they always say that she's awesome at working with different personalities and keeping cool.
Interesting right? They didn't talk to one another but throughout her career, that's something that people have picked up on. This may develop in her being an organizational engineer or COO or A role that ties into taking craziness and keeping it together.
When you find your superpower it's easier for you to determine your career path. Now, I'm not discounting the fact that you have to find a job you're passionate about and a culture that fits you, but it will help you search for the right roles that will be easier for you to succeed in.
I'm not saying that my wife would be terrible at accounting or sales, what I am saying is that the fastest route for her to succeed in her career is going to be taking ops/data/organizational roles because the tasks and projects in those roles tie into her superpower.
When a position ties directly into your superpower, it starts to feel a lot less like work. You're more engaged and more productive and you invest more in that role outside of normal business hours. And guess what...people notice.
You're probably wondering what my superpower is...if not, I'm going to tell you anyways. I can overload my brain with information and then, without knowing it, begin applying them within the context of business. I didn't realize this was unique at all until a year or two ago. My wife pointed it out. I had been assuming, for years; that everyone could do what I could do if they tried or was passionate enough. Because of this mindset, I have been consumed with Impostor syndrome for ages. Turns out it's been my superpower all along (since middle school) and now I have a role that directly ties into it, at a company that I love, with a mission I believe in.
Did I mention that your superpower can change? Well, it can. Since we're only human (cue that song that's everywhere) our passions may shift or our focus will lend itself to other priorities. Don't judge yourself. Embrace the change and then adapt.
Now I have to ask...what's your superpower?