6 Lessons About Success From The Avengers

In the entertainment industry, there is no shortage of inspirational superhero stories encouraging children and adults to believe in the magic all around them. Sure it’s easy to see these as merely for entertainment, but it would be remiss to dismiss their potential impact so casually. In life, we all struggle to find the tools we need to achieve our biggest dreams, and while they may often seem out of reach, tips for reaching for the stars are all around us. For example, superhero movies. One such story is The Avengers. It is a story about the power of teamwork and working with conflicting personalities for a greater good.  While everyone likely has a favorite Avenger for amusement purposes, let’s take a closer look at what each of their stories can teach us about finding real-life success for ourselves.

Iron Man

Tony Stark is a billionaire playboy with too many toys when we first meet him in the Iron Man franchise. Through hard introspection, reflection, and self-sacrifice, Stark realizes that he needs to be a part of the solution to the problem he once contributed to- outbreaks of war and violence. So, he changed up his style from supplying government contracts with new weapons to using his wealth and assets to equip himself for crime-fighting. As part of the Avengers, Stark’s quick wit, sharp tongue, and headstrong nature work both for and against the team at times. What he learns from his experiences is that sometimes you have to be willing to ask for and accept help when you need it.

Hulk

After being exposed to gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner suddenly finds that whenever he gets angry he transforms into another entity/personality known as The Hulk. Hulk is a large green, fearsome being who can fling cars like pebbles and smash through walls effortlessly. He is incredibly strong and brazen, the complete opposite of his alter ego, Banner. In a very Dr.Jekyll/Mr. Hyde style tale, Banner and Hulk exist at opposing sides of the consciousness, but somehow agree on their single calling: to help people. In learning to embrace and utilize his “darker” side, Banner teaches us that often success requires embracing all the things that make us unique, however unusual or non-traditional they may be.

Black Widow

Natasha Romanov (a.k.a Black Widow) is an incredibly skilled USSR spy and master of disguise. With the help of some government experiments, she is a finely tuned espionage asset whose story shows a lot of struggle with her allegiances. In spite of her wavering attachments to anyone alignment, Black Widow’s story is one of survival and perseverance. She survives several attempts on her life and heavy emotional blows from the deaths (and feigned deaths) of people she cares for. In her continued perseverance, Romanov teaches us that even when we think something will kill us or is too hard, chances are good we’ll survive and come back stronger. Outside your comfort zone is where your life truly begins.

Thor

The Norse god of thunder and lightning, Thor’s story is a classic one of sibling rivalry, but it’s also much more. As the son of Odin, Thor’s strength and endurance, as well as the might of his hammer, are just some of the incredible gifts that set him apart from most people and heroes alike. Thor is on a mission to do his part to save Earth and the human race after initially not fully understanding it. So, it is through Thor and his story that we learn the difference between destiny and duty. It is only when we learn to own and take control of our destiny that we can flourish and become who we are meant to be.

Captain America

America’s first super soldier is the picture of perfection, or at least he was made to be. Between his dashing good looks, charm, and do-gooder heart, Steve Rogers (a.k.a “Captain America”) is a walking billboard for a time long-ago. Despite being thawed from his suspended animation in a time and societal structure darker than he’s accustomed to, Rogers manages works to hold on to his ideals. Captain America shows us why it is important to hold onto your roots and stay grounded.

Hawkeye

You don’t have to have supernatural abilities to be a superhero. Hawkeye is what you would call “the most average” of The Avengers. Although he practices deadly accurate aim with the bow and arrow, he doesn’t have other-worldly or government-enhanced abilities like his teammates. It is because of this “averageness” that his natural prowess and capabilities are that much more impressive. Clint Barton (a.k.a “Hawkeye”) teaches us that sometimes the path to be “super” is through old-fashioned hard work and perseverance.

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