Source | LinkedIn | John Boitnott | See my work at jboitnott.com – Writer at Entrepreneur Media, Inc.com and Readwrite.com
Comic books often get dismissed as trivial and inferior works, but of course they aren’t. They live in the intersection where literature and visual art meet. Honestly, this should make us appreciate them more.
The workplace can be a tough place for professionals and entrepreneurs, and we can trace similarities between our mundane world and that of superheroes. So, it’s never a bad time to rise to the occasion, pick up a comic book and learn from superheroes.
Here are some of the most significant lessons we can learn from names you’re probably familiar with, and maybe should consider spending more time with.
Batman: Overcoming Fear
As a child, Bruce Wayne was terrified of bats, but he made a conscious decision to not let this fear control him. I was always shocked that he could become a (mostly) healthy adult after losing his parents when he was very young. Wayne made the conscious decision to be a hero, even after all the sadness he’d experienced. Through hard training and discipline he embraced both the good and bad characteristics that made him. As a result, he came back stronger and more self-aware.
He is the perfect example of what self-improvement is all about.
Spiderman: Coping With Adversity and Toxic People
Peter Parker is another underdog that got more than his fair share of adversity from life, including living with his poor relatives, barely making ends meet, and having an absolute nightmare of a boss. This comic book teaches us one of the most important lessons for life and the workplace: With great power comes great responsibility.
This is Peter’s guiding principle when it comes to using his powers, and what keeps him from becoming a supervillain in the face of great loss. However, we can also use this lesson as a cautionary tale when it comes to Peter’s toxic boss.
J. Jonah Jameson is the person we should never be at work, especially if we’re the boss. He’s a micromanager who takes advantage of Peter’s talents while underpaying him and making impossible demands. Basically, Jameson is an example of all the wrong ways to use your power in a work environment. The way Peter deals with him also inspires us to deal with our own adversity or toxic colleagues.