Ever feel like you have friends out there doing amazing things and having a profound impact on other people’s lives and you’re just…not? It always leaves me asking: “How could I ever do that much good for the world?” That was until I found my superpower.
I know I’m not alone in trying to work out what my purpose is and how can I make sure the work I do has a positive impact. In fact, 39% of millennials believe that businesses should be doing work to improve society, whether through education or promoting health and well-being.
For those of us out there who might not have the skills to cure cancer or solve climate change, it can be hard to work out how to do good in our lives. But there are ways we can all make an impact — you just have to figure out what your superpower is!
My last boss used to tell me that everyone has their own superpower. I know what you’re thinking, and no, it doesn’t mean getting into a telephone box to transform like Clark Kent or waving a wand like Sailor Moon — it’s far simpler. It means everyone has something they’re great at.
Turns out my superpower is learning and teaching others. Sounds kinda lame but it’s actually a really powerful strength. Over time I learnt that this was actually a pretty cool superpower and it’s one way I can make a difference in the world. It’s also part of how I found my current job working in research at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). Here, I basically spend all my time learning about challenges and opportunities for young Australians and teaching others how to work with young people to create a better future.
And now I want to help you figure out what your superpower is!
Find your superpower by looking inward
- Start by asking yourself: “What are my skills? What am I good at?” If you’re unsure, , check out this Strengths Finder tool to help you work it out.
- Crowdsource some ideas! Ask your manager, a friend or someone in your family to help you figure out what you’re best at.
Sometimes it’s not obvious how you can use your superpower at work but trust me, there’s always a way! Here are a few examples to get you started:
- Got a knack for storytelling through words or images? Check out this awesome Ted Talk on Storytelling for Change.
- Numbers nerd like me? Check out data-driven projects designed to create social change at Data4Change.
- Love video games? Explore how games can make the world a better place with organisations like Games for Change.
There’s more than one way to make a positive impact
Work is certainly not the only way you can make a difference in the world. If you’re still at school or not yet employed, you might want to consider the following ways to contribute to your community:
- Find a volunteer opportunity. There are many websites and networks (Facebook groups, for example) that can help you find a volunteering position that’s right for you. Try Vollie or Goodie for some #inspo
- Figure out ways to help your local community. You could organise an event like a bake sale, fun run or music gig to raise money for local causes. GoVolunteer is a great place to find opportunities near you.
- Take care of the land we share. This might be as simple as ensuring you recycle correctly or picking up rubbish on your way home. Check out Seed Mob and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition to learn more.
- Create an initiative of your own! Think about starting your own business or social enterprise, finding a mentor or even taking part in FYA programs like $20 Boss or Young Social Pioneers.
There are so many ways to have a positive impact in the world. Start small and discover how you can use your superpower for good.