Peter Parker (Spiderman), in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) was a protégé of Tony Stark (Iron man’s alter ego). An epic animation titled, Spiderman – Into the Spider-verse (not connected to MCU) reveals a few lessons he probably learned from his billionaire mentor.
If you want to see the 1st two lessons. I wrote about them Here . Following up are these other 3 that I took note of.
Do not invent the wheel – Innovate the wheel or invest something else that can run on wheels
“Anyone can wear the mask. YOU could wear the mask. If you didn’t know that before, I hope you do now….Because I’m spiderman (my son actually reminded me of the last phrase 😊)” attributed to Miles (a spider-character in the movie) is my favourite quote from Spiderman – Into the Spider-Verse. Peter Parker realized other capable spider-characters existed in different dimensions, eliminating the need for him to increase his workload across those dimensions. On the other hand, it meant Spiderman could deliver value across the world in different universes without him ever leaving New York. In fact, Miles insisted he returned to his dimension as he was not going to survive staying in his, Miles, dimension.
Iron Man, Tony Stark demonstrated this same early in the MCUs when he created several Artificial Intelligence (AI)-controlled Iron-man suits to fight villains and keep world peace. Also, rather than seek to recreate the vision stone, recovered from Loki (a villain at the time), he created a character, Vision, that could harness the powers of the vision stone (To be honest, he only completed what Ultron started, technically 😊).
To apply this lesson, identify what works quite well now and then find unique ways to harness it to create a new solution.
- Your uniqueness is your USP
Tony Stark realized he would need others to help maintain World peace. Others with varying abilities to him, and that is why he assembled a team – The Avengers. True, he was brilliant and could create almost anything he put his mind to, but he recruited Steve Bannon – The Hulk, another scientist who he believed was just as brilliant and their collaboration helped bring “Vision” – Another Superhero to life. Bannon was not just a scientist. When he got angry, he could become quite handy as a huge green powerful monster.
Captain America was also recruited. He was a steady hand who due to his age and experience brought outstanding leadership qualities to the pack as he always seemed to be able to focus on the bigger picture (An example is when he found out that the winter soldier was an altered form of Bucky, his erstwhile best friend from a lifetime ago. He refused to simply kill him and insisted there was some good underneath the evil that was being manipulated by the enemy. He turned out to be right). Black Widow, Thor, Spiderman, Scarlet Witch, Dr. Strange, Ant-man, Wasp, Hawk Eye all brought different, unique abilities to the team that made it formidable. All had known and visible weaknesses, however their unique strengths contributed far more than their weaknesses detracted from the team.
Identify your unique abilities. What are you good and comfortable at? What skill, if developed, do you think you could achieve excellence in? Billionaires leverage their strengths and staff their weaknesses. Outsource or collaborate with others who are strong where you are weak.
- Take responsibility for the solution
Iron man, at one time was only interested in the wealth and fame derived from his genius. A near-brush with death and a real encounter with one of the nefarious use-cases of his weapons initiated a turn-around in his approach. Needless to say, the experience birthed in him an epiphany.
His focus shifted from designing weapons to the reason why weapons were actually needed – World Peace. He devoted his resources to finding a solution that would do less harm to more innocent people and contributed to increased world peace as against sponsored conflicts. This sometimes involved his taking personal risk and responsibility, as the Iron Man to solve a problem beyond the reach of most people, even governments.