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What Marvel Heroes Taught Me About Success

What Marvel Heroes Taught Me About Success

There is definitely nothing more empowering than watching your favorite Marvel hero save the day and, at the same time, discover some key lessons that helped them succeed. Minor or major, all Marvel heroes stick to you like glue. They make sure that the mission is accomplished, even if they end up giving their lives in the process. I was able to watch all the Marvel movies that have come out in the past few years. Each one was full of life-changing success lessons that helped me push through in accomplishing my own goals.

Life is, indeed, simple. You just have to get some encouragement from time to time, so you can get your act straight. Wouldn’t you appreciate it more if a Marvel hero was the one encouraging you?

1. Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider)

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     “My daddy once said, ‘If you don’t make a choice, the choice makes you.’” ~ Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider)

    Ghost Rider’s quote made me realize that I should take control of my life. If I master how to do that, then I will most certainly reach my goals. The choice takes control if I let it dictate whatever I do–if it becomes who I am. Choosing to make my choice makes me the one with the remote. I don’t become a zombie slave to my work.

    2. Phil Coulson

     

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      “Don’t ever tell me there’s no way.” ~ Phil Coulson

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      This is a quote I got from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, which expresses Phil Coulson’s leadership and compassion. In this episode, Mike Peterson was about to explode and Coulson was assessing possible solutions. The compassion that Coulson showed in this moment is very strong. He cares for Peterson enough to refuse that the situation is a dead end. Coulson’s leadership is also shown here because he demands a solution, though the situation at hand may look bleak. Coulson tells me that if you really want a way out, you should not surrender to the hopelessness of the situation. This continuously makes not want to give up and keep looking for possible solutions, no matter what type of challenge it is that I am dealing with. 

      3. Colonel James Rhodes (The Iron Patriot)

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        “I am not afraid of you!” ~ Colonel James Rhodes

        When James Rhodes said this in Iron Man 3, I was moved because fear has always been there in every challenge I face. Overcoming my fear is definitely a major factor in making sure that I fulfill my duties and responsibilities well. I have taken what Rhodey said as one of my mantras. With it, I take on any challenge with confidence and strength of character. I know that, in the end, success is my choice. 

        4. Nick Fury

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          “Until such time as the world ends.” ~ Nick Fury

          I have always perceived Nick Fury as a strong leader. He wants to get everything done his way and, ultimately, it is the best way. This quote inspires me to keep on going, no matter what happens. I should keep on moving on and perform my best every single day. Even if there are trials, I should see them as minor glitches and not as major hurdles. 

          5. Bruce Banner (The Hulk)

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            “I’m always angry.” ~ Bruce Banner (The Hulk)

            Always being angry here is Bruce Banner’s way of telling people that he has already taken control of The Hulk. This tells me that, in order to succeed in life, I should have control over my demons. I should take over and know what I want. Only then, would I be able to use my power to reach my goals. 

            6. Professor X

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              “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they can’t be saved.” ~ Professor X

              Professor X tells me here that everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are important. If I make them, what matters would be how I surpass it and correct it, to recover from the situation. This is one vital success lesson because what Professor X said makes me want to stand up again, even if I do stumble and lose my path. 

              7. Thor

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                “There will never be a wiser king than you.” ~ Thor

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                This quote by Thor tells me that in order for me to become more than I am, I should be ready to accept that I still have many things to learn. I should regard those who are more experienced than I am as role models and as sources of valuable knowledge. Thor also tells me here to humble myself because even if I am already good at what I do, I should always acknowledge the fact that there will always be better people. And this fact makes me go further in improving my craft.

                8. Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow)

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                  “I’m working.” ~ Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow)

                  Her simple quote is one of my success lessons because when I am working, I should be productive. What I am doing should produce results. Natasha is the best at what she does because she focuses. That focus is one of the most important success lessons to remember. 

                  9. Tony Stark (Iron Man)

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                    “I AM Iron Man.” ~ Tony Stark (Iron Man)

                    Tony Stark knew what he was doing when he told the world who he really was. Telling the whole world that he is Iron Man is beyond arrogance and egoism. This means that he is there, accepting the responsibility of defending the world against evildoers. Being ready for big responsibilities is an important success lesson for me.

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                    10. Steve Rogers (Captain America)

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                      “I am just a kid from Brooklyn.” ~ Steve Rogers (Captain America)

                      A huge part of all success lessons is being able to stay humble. Maintaining your feet firmly rooted to the ground makes you think more clearly and do things with more heart. If you remember where you came from, like Steve, you will surely understand and appreciate what you have achieved.

                      The success lessons I was able to harvest from the Marvel movies I’ve watched showed me sides of my personality that I never even knew existed. They brought out the fight in me most of the time, especially when times really got sticky for me. With all the success lessons that I have now put together, it clearly shows that the Marvel heroes made a huge difference in my life and they can definitely have an impact in your life as well.

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                      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                      No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                      Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                      Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                      A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                      Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                      In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                      From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                      A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                      For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                      This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                      The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                      That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                      Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                      The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                      Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                      But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                      The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                      The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                      A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                      For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                      But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                      If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                      For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                      These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                      For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                      How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                      Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                      Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                      Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                      My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                      Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                      I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                      Reference

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