I’ve just been reading up on Stan Lee’s life. Here’s how the Hollywood Reporter started their article about his death…
“Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95”.
LEGENDARY WRITER, REAL LIFE SUPER HERO. Not a bad legacy to leave behind, right?
I then saw a few of Stan Lee’s quotes…
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”
“All I thought about when I wrote my stories was, ‘I hope that these comic books would sell so I can keep my job and continue to pay the rent.’ Never in a million years could I have imagined that it would turn into what it has evolved into nowadays.”
Sometimes we tell ourselves that we can’t dream big because we don’t believe it is possible. Or because we don’t know how to get there.
Sometimes we undervalue what we do and who we are because we compare ourselves to others and create an idea (that only exists in our heads) that others are better than us, doing something more worthwhile, making a bigger difference.
Sometimes we’re not even aware of the impact we’re having, of the inspiration we’re providing.
But let’s take our inspiration today from Stan Lee. Trust that it isn’t important right now to know the how, that the how will come if you remain true to yourself, if you pursue something you are passionate about. He clearly didn’t know the how when he began. He just took the first step. Imagine if he hadn’t, imagine the inspiration to generations of fans that would have been lost.
Draw on what you can from his story. Allow yourself to dream. Take your first step. Then watch what unveils as you begin to create your very own legacy to leave behind.
My superpower is getting people to believe in themselves.
I wonder what your superpower will be!