Have you ever played that game? You know the one, suitable for kids parties, grown-up house parties and even as an icebreaker on an awkward first date. All you need to do to play is ask one simple question…
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You’ll get a few sniggers but once the question digs its way in, you’ll notice the traits of deep thought. Should that opportunity arise (and you were given the choice, of course, rather than having your power thrust upon you!) what would benefit you (or the world) the most?
Some would wish for the ability to fly. Great in principle, but surely exhausting. Would you have to stop for periodic breaks? It would make crossing oceans a bit of a pain.
Some would wish for super strength. Sure, if you’re planning on collecting a few strongman trophies and want to impress people in car parks, but unless you happen to be in a situation where super-strength will be useful it probably won’t get you (or anyone else) very far.
Some would wish for invisibility, which would only be useful if you are either a complete voyeur (which would likely get a bit dull once the element of danger is removed!) or if you’re a spy. If you are a spy, or have spying aspirations, then you should definitely wish for invisibility.
I was asked this question (as I often am – I go to a lot of parties) recently, and I gave the same answer I always do:
“I would be able to speak, write and understand any and every language masterfully”
In my head, that was a clever answer because it’s something useful to me, and to mankind. Imagine if I was the only person in the world able to effectively translate for several warring nations, bringing open and fluid communication so nothing was “lost” along the way? I’d be able to do good things and travel the world. I love doing good things and travelling the world!
The last time I gave that answer, it dawned on me that such a power wasn’t really a super power. It was something that could be attained. It was merely a power! Sure, one that would be pretty much impossible for one person to attain in one lifetime, but it was still possible. If I dedicated every waking moment of every day to learning and mastering every language known to mankind, by my deathbed perhaps I’d be a fifth of the way there?
And then I realised that my desired super power was very much an extension of who I am… and what I am. My entire world is built upon language and, more specifically, communication. Personally and professionally. All my super power really is, is an exaggerated version of the stuff I’m already good at: communicating! Writing, speaking and telling stories in various forms. The only thing my super power would actually do would enable my words to reach and engage with more people. All people, if you think about it.
Let’s bring this back to you and your business. If I was to ask you:
“If you could have any superpower… what would it be?”
But don’t answer with something fantastical, answer with something you know would be of use to you and your business. Of real use. Something that is perhaps improbable but not impossible to obtain. Something completely personal.
And now ask yourself:
“What is my power?”
Mine is communication. I’m good at it, and it has gotten me to where I am in my life. The fact of the matter is, if you’re reading this, you’re the kind of person who definitely has a power. You’re a business person. You are the boss. You are running a business under your own fruition, and your power got you there.
What is it specifically about you that enabled you to get to the point where you could successfully keep a business afloat?
- A great innovator?
- A master of focus?
- An incredible sales person?
- Stupendously driven?
- A great leader?
One of those things will likely be the thing that give you your entrepreneurial fire. Just think about what you could do with your business should you master your own power and super-fy it? If you were to dedicate every waking moment to honing your skill of sales, of innovation, of leadership… what could you do with it?
If I may bring you back down to earth for a moment: chances are, you’re not spending much time working with your power. In fact, you’re probably doing everything but.
That comes with the business territory, right? Stuff needs to be done or the whole thing will grind to a halt!
Whatever your power is, you need to use it. What’s more, you need to use it as much of the time as you can. All of the time, if possible. “How” comes down to a matter of delegation, automation and operations, which is another article for another time. For now, all I intend to do is alert you to you power, and encourage you to spend as much of your time using and practising that power as possible. Even if, on your death bed, you are only a fifth of the way there.
One last question:
“What can my power do for my business?”
Your power as it is has already gotten you this far. Now is not the time to abandon it for the sake of the day-to-day. Now is the time to recognise it, embrace it and hone it. Grow your business with it.
How else will you become a (business) superhero?