"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." – Superman
An important learning point is that “one person can make a difference”.
Stan Lee used his passion for storytelling to find his purpose, which was making a difference. He reminded us that a superhero is not just somebody who was discovered and developed his superpower. All the characters that Stan Lee created, they weren’t only incredible wonder women or wonder men that were just perfect, they were actual humans with their flaws and challenges.
Superpowers don’t make them superheros, what makes them superheros is using those powers for good.
Jim Kwik said: “I believe, as many of you, that the mindset of an incredible creator affected billions of individuals. We have the power to make a difference. It’s not about unrealistic powers. It’s about discovering and developing your superpower, so you could make a difference. Because just having a superpower doesn’t make you superhero. You have to use it to be able to save the day”
"With great power comes great responsibility." – Uncle Ben (Spider-man)
Stan Lee believed that there is a superhero in each of us, and we have to discover how to unleash our superhero power. But he also believed that when we have great power, we have great responsibility to wield it in the area of service.
To that expression Jim Kwik shares an important reflection, that in the opposite sense it’s also true. “With great responsibility comes great power.” When we take responsibility for something, we have to make things better. We can be responsible for be the best version of ourselves, our family, community or work. When we take responsibility for what we focus on, for our actions, when we own our mistakes and become accountable, then we have great power.
We have great power, but we are responsible not only for what we do, but for the results we get from it.
Once, Jim Kwik asked Stan Lee, if he could have any superpower what would it be?
And he got two answers from him:
One was the super power of luck. (…) Having the ability to be lucky is the ultimate superpower, you’re gonna win every single battle, you’re gonna be able to do all these amazing things because you’re always lucky.
And he (Stan) felt lucky. He felt lucky in his career, he felt lucky in his life.
The power of gratitude. Gratitude rewires your brain, what you appreciate actually gets better.
Luck is really a superpower and a lot of it is your observation. Paying attention to the things that you are most grateful for will makes you more lucky and grateful.
His second answer from Stan was the power of love. How do you have tolerance or acceptance, it’s like the ability to spread love is the ultimate superpower.
Do you ever ask yourself, if you could have any superpower what would it be? What are your current superpowers?
Everyone has a superpower.
We can be accountable. We can make things better. We can create. We can be people who don’t shirk responsibility when the chips are down. People who want to do the difference. Who live our values, who want to make an impact in the world.
Be the first person to greet, be first to say something that cheers the day to others.
Do not despise small steps and small moments of routine, diligence and fidelity. Because those are the steps that lead us to the great things that we are striving for.
Everyone can make a difference.