Hey it’s December. The end of the year and it’s nearly that time for New Year resolutions to start rolling in. There’s a simple question, which has the potential to give a lot of focus and clarity:
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Don’t worry: This isn’t another one of those curveball interview questions. Most successful people are able to answer this question immediately: John Maeda, who led the MIT Media Lab and Rhode Island School of Design, responds with “curiosity.” Maria Popova, who curates the popular Brain Pickings blog by reading 12-15 books a week, said “doggedness.” Eisenberg’s own superpower? Enthusiasm.
Knowing your superpower means you know yourself well enough to have a focus, and that’s the same competitive advantage that makes you so great at what you do. It’s the quality you’re most proud of, the one thing that makes you stand out, and what gives you an edge over everyone else.
So, if you haven’t ever considered what your superpower might be, do! Having an answer to this question shows that you’ve thought hard about your best personal qualities, and you’ll even have something prepared for the “What’s your greatest strength?” question at your next interview.
And if your current answer doesn’t sit well with you? Well, there’s no better time to think about what you want to be known for and fill in the blank space on the superman’s – up there – breastplate. 😉