What’s Your Superpower?

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What’s your superpower?

Back in May, when Kelly Rae and I did an event at Teahouse Studios, we went around the room and posed this question. I was delighted and surprised to find that everyone had an answer! (I was imagining a lot of pushing and prodding, coaching people into defining their particular strength)

Instead, everyone knew. And they were all unique. And pointed to something that lit them up, that made them come alive. Not only is your superpower something you are good at, it’s something that gives you deep meaning and joy. It’s something you offer the world as a gift.

I am a wise listener.

I bring the humor and fun.

I can see the big picture.

I connect people.

I can make a space beautiful.

Some responses from my tribe

To celebrate the new site, I asked some members of my tribe to answer the question, What’s Your Superpower? Here are their wonderful answers, in blog form!

Vivienne McMaster Superpower: Playfulness

SARK Superpower: Joy

Marianne Elliott Superpower: Caring

Karen Walrond: Superpower: Cheerleader

Laurie Wagner Superpower: A digger

Jen Downer Superpower: Photography

Hannah Marcotti Superpower: YOU

Catherine Just Superpower: Willing to be transparent

Mati Rose Superpower: Choosing color

Susannah Conway Superpower: Truth-telling

Jen Louden Superpower: Cheerleading

Sherry Belul Superpower: Celebration

Design Mom’s Gabrielle Blair Superpower: Recognizes beauty

Your turn

Now I want to hear from you! What’s your superpower? Leave it in the comments below.

P.S. If you want to put your name in the hat for the big giveaway, go to this post!

72 Comments

  1. gayle
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    staying calm when surrounded by chaos

  2. Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Seeing beauty in the small things in my immediate surroundings.

  3. Diane
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    My first thought was photography, but then I let my brain be quiet and listened to my heart. Compassion and empathy are my superpowers.

  4. Diane
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    and the ability to make a mean penne ala vodka!

  5. Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Being funny. Make-your-belly-hurt-from-laughing, unapologetically, irreverently, dark-humoredly funny. Oh, and I can also wipe a very poopie butt, on my lap, using only two wipes. And only get poop on three surfaces. That’s very Super-Power-y.

  6. Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I am a ‘fixer’ and a gratitude cultivator 🙂

  7. Candyce
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is being nice. It is probably, at worst, a strong desire to people-please, but I also really do wish the people whom I encounter on a daily basis well. I hope that I can be a spot of brightness in their day. Maybe I’m the only smile they see all day … that sort of thing. It’s something that I struggle with, however, as I’ve been told that I’m “too nice” and that I can “let people walk all over” me, so I may need to think about how best to use my superpower in the future.

    Also I can drink copious amounts of Diet Coke and eat nachos for every meal without getting tired of either.

  8. Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I show students who think they can’t draw that THEY CAN DRAW!!

  9. Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Candyce,

    I think re-framing your superpower as “kindness” might even say it best, without all the other stuff attached.

    I really resonate with wanting to be the bright spot in someone’s day.
    Such a great superpower…

  10. Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    My initial thought was photography… but it’s “listening and “getting” people”… I think

  11. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    A friend told me yesterday that my colleagues appreciate the way I lead with a “generosity of spirit.” I’m mulling that over today.

  12. Marissa
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is ENTHUSIASM! Where there is “meh” I will bring excitement.

  13. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m a problem solver – whether than is in my work, solving design and branding problems or at home finding inexpensive ways to do things, getting something to work or finding out how to find the information I need. I can look at something, see the problem and usually find ways to solve it. I like to think of myself as MacGyver! 🙂

  14. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    SENSE OF SMELL – which is terrible on those days that I encounter more dog pee than roses. BUT I think that is just one element of my heightened sensitivity, which inspires me to bring compassion and wit to those stinky times in life. 😉

  15. Joanne Dean
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is kindness 🙂

  16. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    My superpower: connecting people with books, stories, music, information that they don’t even know they want/need.

  17. Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    When I was in NY this summer, I made a purchase at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. You have to say an oath and give them your Superhero name when you buy something. I was stumped. I couldn’t come up with anything and I couldn’t even remember if I had superpowers (stupid, we all have at least one superpower). I gave them a completely lame name (Super Authenticity Girl – I don’t even know). It was a reminder that I needed to exercise those super powers.

    My strongest superpower is truth and finding the truth. At least this is what I’ve been told by others. I think my superpower is pie crust. I make a mean pie crust.

  18. Annie
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    My son asks this all the time! The superhero power I want to have is making sure everyone feels loved. The one I have for real is arriving (most) places ahead of the line.

  19. Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Being funny and having fun, recent quote from a girlfriend, “tammy’s here, we can start laughing!” wait a minute does it still count as funny if they are laughing AT you? 🙂

  20. Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I think my superpower is showing someone how much I care/love about them through cooking/baking.

  21. Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Possibility seer- i can see possibility in things, people, situations

  22. Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    My superpower is listening well and remembering the details of people’s stories.

  23. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I’m a child-whisperer. 🙂

  24. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    My superpower is that I see the positive side to things!

  25. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    My superpowers:

    I’m a Good Friend
    I’m a Fixer
    I’m sensitive
    I’m kind
    I’m giving
    I’m crying…..

  26. Diane
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    waking up and at this point grunting: ugh. and then putting one foot in front of the other. and knowing i will have better days.

  27. Diane
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    no , i’m not whining.

  28. Rakesh Bhatia
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    My superpower:Helping individuals/community to achieve their dreams and in the process accomplishing my life purpose as well.The uni-verse always pays me back with extreme happiness ,joy and fulfillment.
    Many Congrats for a beautiful site Andrea!Its a real piece of art.Has become my homepage!

  29. Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Superpower: Inner Child Advocate.

  30. Teresa R
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    My superpower: giving

  31. Jocelyn
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Choosing happiness is my super power. It encompasses compassion, nurturing, kindness, humour, and delight. It acknowledges frailty and is growing in becoming less and less judgemental.

  32. Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    My superpower would be intuition. I am not saying I always recognise it though! There have been a lot of times when I haven’t trusted my gut instinct and looked back later and thought “a-ha I knew it all along”.

  33. Brandi
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    My superpower is to see to bring beauty & order to my happy little home. Thank you.

  34. Cheryl
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    My superpower is caring and compassion.

  35. Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    My superpower is creating a bubble of calm.

  36. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    My superpowers are my sense of humor and the way I use color. Thanks for inviting me to look at my gifts as powers 🙂

  37. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is being able to sense when to lighten the mood and laugh.

  38. Doretta
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    My superpowers is my open heart and my ability to be fully present for the one I am in front of.

  39. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I connect with people on a core, emotional level

  40. SarahWT
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Empathizing, caring, wanting to understand different points of view

  41. Ella
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is designing mellifluous melodies and harmonies.

  42. Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Creative idea generation

  43. Jennifer
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    My super power is connecting dots. Whether at work or through relationship or even observing myself…I make the connections between facts and tidbits that bring the aha moment. Thank you for asking – that is the first time I’ve ever claimed it!!

  44. Linda
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    My SuperPower is Resilience. I’ve made my mess my message, and I help women whose lives have gotten very small from chronic illness how to travel the path of the Hero’s Journey, gather their own superpower and gift, and then bring their purpose and vision into the world.

    Loving your message and your website, Andrea! Thank you.

  45. Susan
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Research, finding answers.

    And I am an expert at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, especially the years before he was in A Few Good Men.

  46. Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    “Divine Priestess.” There. I said it.

  47. Linda
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    My super(s)hero power is PATIENCE.

  48. marie-francoise
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I partially answered this by mistake in the other post but without all the angst attached that I have around it, I believe my superhero power is PASSION. wow, it took me forever to get around to saying that. maybe because I haven’t felt that my superhero power isn’t good for much. I go very deep into things and I’m sensitive and that has gotten me into trouble…but I’m willing to consider that maybe just maybe it’s a gift that could be useful and powerful..

  49. D.
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Superpower: Special Education teacher!

  50. Julie
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Superpower: Organizer

  51. sklars
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Encouraging. I get really excited for my friends & family and encourage them to live out their dreams. Now I just need to find a mirror so I can turn my power onto myself:) Thanks again for the cool site!

  52. Posted September 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Superpower: Visionary of Enchantment

  53. Posted September 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Superpower: Able to See in the Dark. They say Dragons live in the Dark Places… but there’s also great treasure there. I’m a Soul Adventurer!

  54. Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I love the new site! Love love love!

    My superpower is that I can bake really delicious things that make people happy.

  55. Kristi
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Superpower? Deep listening.

  56. oraclenine
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    My superpower is Story- story telling, story hearing seeing the Story in what’s happening.

  57. Inez
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Superpower: Sensitive

  58. Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    When I close my eyes and listen to my heart, I hear LOVE!

  59. Posted September 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    love this. have always loved this invitation, but have yet to name one that feels true. today, thinking my superpower is…weaving ideas (connecting and synthesizing).

  60. Pamela Balabuszko-Reay
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I see beauty in the quirky. Especially in people.

  61. Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I am “harmless”. People see me as harmless and approachable–I get random people who start talking to me and telling me their thoughts and desires.

    I can also get babies to smile. They see my squinty Asian eyes and I think they respond to that!

  62. Bridgette
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is my loyalty. I am also well grounded and find myself often being the anchor for people to bring them back to shore so to speak.

  63. Mary Aviles
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m good at finding information and synthesizing complex topics!

  64. Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I am a warrior who knows the tender heart of sadness. My superpowers are gentleness and generosity, holding my heart open to both the beauty and the brutality of life, knowing the broken tenderness of loss and grief and the medicine of love, voice finding, love letter writing, and remembering (and reminding) that we all are basically and fundamentally good, wise, compassionate, and powerful.

  65. Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Speaking the invisible.

  66. Nina
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Heart whisperer

    What a wonderful challenge.
    Thank you again for being here.9

  67. Posted September 17, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Diplomacy among artistic temperaments.

  68. Summer
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    My superpower is being a peacemaker. I can get along with anyone.

  69. Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    My superpower is discovering someone’s essence. So many great powers listed here. I feel like I’m in good hands if I send up the signal. In an emergency there are so many of us here ready and willing to respond when needed. Thanks Andrea, for being YOU!

  70. Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    My super power is my sense of direction ( can get my bearings in a city very quickly and remember it when I go back, even if years later.) My other super power is being able to open even the most stuck jam jar. I am still looking for a career that might combine these !

  71. Posted September 18, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    My husband says my super power is “Being Super Mommy”!!!!

  72. Posted September 25, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    My superpower? Inner sensitivity that makes me see things in postive way, see the Beauty of the Nature and stay calm when the storm is all arround. I’m also a good organizer and the professionalist in my field, loving mother and a good learner, curious in the world. I’ve learned how to prioritize in life… LOVE to all of YOU – SUPERHEROs!

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