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This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4. If you’re curious to see what I wrote about for the first portion of the challenge, check out days one, two and three!
No, I can’t read minds or teleport, and I definitely can’t fly (without an airplane). So how is it that I have a secret superpower?
Well according to Natalie, we all have our superpowers. Every person has unique talents and skills, and to make the most of our unique potential, we should discover what our superpowers are and make the most of them!
I think many people focus far too much on making money when starting a business. Since they follow the dollar signs rather than using their unique superpowers, this business, however successful, becomes a drain. For me, the whole point of starting a business is to do something that comes naturally and makes me happy.
If you hate what you do, then what’s the point?
Finding My Superpowers
You all know I can be a bit self-depreciating. For me, it can be really difficult to boast about my strengths, especially in a public forum!
While I do have a general idea of my talents, sometimes it’s easy to fail to recognize your own superpowers. If something comes naturally, you may assume it also comes easily to everyone else.
Well for this challenge, I decided to base my answers not only on my own thoughts, but from the feedback I’ve received from friends and all of you! I also may or may not have stolen some of these from my Myers-Briggs Personality test too… don’t judge me.
Without further ado, these are my secret superpowers I hope to use when creating my ideal location-independent lifestyle and business!
1. MY EMOTIONS.
For most of my life, I was under the impression that being emotional is a bad thing. Especially as a woman, I’m taught to control my emotions, and never show my true feelings right away. But you know what’s great about having emotions? Empathy.
Emotions make you relatable, and interesting. Without emotions, how are you human?
Whenever I open up, I always have comments about how it feels like I can read people’s minds. People have told me that it seems like I’ve taken all of their thoughts and feelings, and expressed them in a way they never could. If that’s not a superpower, I don’t know what is. Maybe I can read people’s minds.
2. I’m Enthusiastic
I get really excited about a lot of things and I just want to share them with anyone who will listen. Whether it’s China, blogging, salsa dancing or my Myers-Briggs test results, you can be sure all of my passions will rub off with my “characteristic infectious enthusiasm”.
I think this is a great quality because my enthusiasm usually rubs off on others. I can easily get people excited about a destination, a course, period panties, or whatever it is that I’m super passionate about.
For me, the best part is that my excitement is genuine. I never struggle to “sell” things I enjoy. If I like something, I won’t shut up about it!
3. I’m Determined
This one was suggested by a friend, and I think it’s fairly accurate. When I set my mind to something, it gets done. Whether it’s certain grades in school, forcing my way onto the
When I set my mind to something, it gets done. Whether it’s certain grades in school, forcing my way onto the varsity crew team in high school despite my short stature, or continuing to write this blog NO MATTER WHAT, you could probably say I’m decently stubborn… in a good way.
I never let people tell me what I can and can not achieve. When things seem too difficult, I just work harder or try a new approach.
I think this is a good time to mention I was a horrible two-year-old.
4. I’m a Good Storyteller
Apparently, you all like my stories. I don’t think I’ve ever had to struggle to communicate, whether it’s writing, talking, singing awkward songs on Snapchat… I get the message across.
I absolutely love telling stories, whether it’s my epically horrible night bus adventure in Cambodia, or that time I lost my passport in Nepal and there was a car chase to get it back, I love drawing people into my ridiculous tales.
5. I Like Helping People
This is the most awkward to write, but my friend brought it up so I thought I’d share it here. I actually get genuine satisfaction in helping people and connecting with others. If I’m not making a positive difference with my work, I won’t be happy.
For me, it’s not just helping others that I enjoy, but also the chance to make genuine connections and friendships. I love Skype consulting and solving problems for readers who want to teach abroad in China. I think meeting up with people who read my blog is the best thing ever, and I’d love to lead backpacker tours around off-the-beaten-path China someday!
I’m also extremely passionate about social justice causes, and I’ll probably end up working for a non-profit organization in some capacity in the future. There’s a reason why 16Personalities calls ENFP the “Campaigner”.
I’m a Superhero!
Not really… but I think this assignment was a great exercise in recognizing my strengths and feeling good about myself. I have some very unique skills that I can make use of now and in the future, and it’s good to have them at the forefront of my mind when I’m creating my own business.
There’s no point trying to fit yourself into a box with anything that you do, especially not when writing a blog or creating a business. I’ll keep focusing on my unique “superpowers” until I find something that speaks to me!
What are your unique superpowers?! I’m curious to hear what you guys think about mine and which ones you come up with for yourself!