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What Marvel Heroes Taught Me About Success

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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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                      How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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                      Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                      Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                      The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                      Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                      Program Your Own Algorithms

                      Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                      Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                      By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                      How to Form a Ritual

                      I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                      Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                      1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                      2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                      3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                      4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                      Ways to Use a Ritual

                      Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                      1. Waking Up

                      Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                      2. Web Usage

                      How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                      3. Reading

                      How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                      4. Friendliness

                      Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                      5. Working

                      One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                      6. Going to the gym

                      If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                      7. Exercise

                      Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                      8. Sleeping

                      Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                      8. Weekly Reviews

                      The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                      Final Thoughts

                      We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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