Sunday, August 31, 2014
Where The Everyday Begins
Meaningful moments & lessons on leadership from Captain America.
IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN SOMETHING, DON’T LET ANYTHING GET IN YOUR WAY OF ACHIEVING IT
The first Captain America movie was set around World War II. There, we are introduced to a young, small and timid Steve Rogers. It was a time where all young men were eagerly signing up for the army. Rogers, who was very passionate about fighting for his country, also tried to sign up. However, because of his small build, Rogers wasn’t able to pass the physical exam, therefore his application was rejected. Rogers didn’t let that get him down. He persisted and tried every time he had the chance, and even though he kept getting rejected and laughed at, it didn’t stop him.
STEP UP AND LEAD, WHEN THERE IS A NEED
In The Avengers, Captain America takes on the role to lead The Avengers in battle against Loki’s destructive army. Rogers doesn’t focus on himself to get all the glory. He understands the dynamics of his team, understands each of them for their different strengths, and uses it to the team’s advantage. He delegates and sends each of them to take care of different things. Even though it was getting overwhelming as they were largely outnumbered, he didn’t let it get in the way, and pushed through till the end.
Whether you are working or studying, you will be placed with different teams consisting of different types of people, and there will be times when there is a need for someone to take the reins. Don’t be afraid to step into the leader’s shoes.
ALWAYS STAY TRUE TO YOUR BELIEFS AND PRINCIPALS
In the second movie, our Captain is placed in a difficult situation when he realizes that the person he is fighting is his best friend Bucky. Even though Bucky didn’t recognize Rogers, and was still determined to kill him, Rogers stood his ground and chose not to go against his friend.
Steve Rogers: You’re my friend…
Bucky: You’re my mission!
Steve Rogers: Then finish it…because I’m with you till the end of the line…
If what you believe in is something good, then you should never let go, no matter how tough it gets. That’s what keeps us true to ourselves.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME VISION
Even with his superhuman abilities, he knows that he would have a better chance of winning if he had help from trusted people. It’s easy to feel alone and work on our own most times, but this can leave us drained in the end. When you surround yourself with individuals who share the same vision, you will be able achieve great things as a team.
WHATEVER HAPPENS TOMORROW, YOU MUST PROMISE ME ONE THING. THAT YOU WILL STAY WHO YOU ARE. NOT A PERFECT SOLDIER, BUT A GOOD MAN – Abraham Erskine.
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