How To Unlock Superpowers You Never Knew You Possessed

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How to mine for your superpower

When you look at most resumes and professional websites, you’ll find mostly generic skillsets. That’s because most people choose the first words that pop into their head: analytical, tech-savvy, project management, spreadsheet expertise.

You need to dig deeper and mine the depths of your talent, experience and character to discern your unique value.

To make the mining process successful, I’ll co-opt a simple rule from my Copywriting days. It’s the fundamental law of writing kick-ass sales bullets.

1) Start with categories

Begin the process by focusing on at least five categories. I chose these six.

  1. Artistic
  2. Interpersonal
  3. Analytical
  4. Technical
  5. Business

2) Go Deeper

Now that you’ve cleared the junk out of your mind, you can mine deeper and harvest the hidden value.

  1. Give an example of how each skill provided benefit to you or someone else. What extraordinary things did you do that the majority of other folks could not do?
  2. Give an example where you received unexpected praise for each skill. What did the complimenter say? What was the underlying ability which led to the positive outcome that prompted the compliment?
  3. Give an example of where you initially did not succeed using this skill, but later learned something new that enabled you to pull off the victory. What was the gap between failure and success?
  4. How did you come to master this skill? Think of events from your past that led you to where you are today.
  5. What natural talents, character traits and experiences brought you to where you are now? Be honest with yourself. List the qualities that honestly describe you.
  6. How would you describe this skill after answering these questions?

3) Unite them all

It’s not the individual talents, experiences and personal traits that matter. It’s how they combine, dance, and play with each other. The result of this interplay yields your unique brand of superpower. It won’t be valuable to everyone, but it will matter to some.

What are the biggest deficiencies or problems you come across in life or business that your combination of skills, traits and experiences can address?

Be specific. Spell out how your combination of attributes can address these issues.

4) An example you can model

I know it seems overwhelming. If you do it in small doses, it won’t feel so monstrous. Here is an example you can model from my attempt. I show only a sample of answers for brevity.

  1. I once wrote about my experience as a quiet person and received an exceptional level of positive feedback. The underlying skill was my proficiency at distilling my experiences into a story and presenting it as an easy to understand manifesto.
  2. I embraced what came naturally. I am generally quiet and curious about human nature. I enhanced this skill as my Copywriting and blogging experience progressed.


Completing this exercise will bring you clarity on your set of skills, traits, and experiences that combine into your unique superpower. It’s hard work, and it will test your patience.

Experimenter in life, productivity, and creativity. Work in Forge | Elemental | Business Insider | GMP | Contact: barry@barry-davret dot com.

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