Whether through the comic books, animated series, or movies on the big screen, we have all had our fair share of seeing superheroes in action. Maybe you’ve even heard them mentioned on The Big Bang Theory. The reason we watch superheroes is not because they perfect. Instead, it is quite the opposite.
If superheroes were perfect, they would be boring. No matter what angle you look at it, no superhero is perfect. Kyrptonite makes Superman powerless while some enemies were able to defeat Batman the first time (but almost never the second time).
No matter how much we try (or how close we think we are), we will never be able to reach perfection. The reason superheroes appear to be perfect is because they are closer than the average person to perfection. They may be far off from perfection, but just for the pure fact that they are closer to perfection makes them seem perfect.
Superheroes are the good outliers. They are so different from everyone else that they seem to be perfect. Being an outlier separates them from the rest. The #1 person always appears to be perfect, but that is not always the case. The #1 person on social media may not know about a new Google+ update.
Focusing on being perfect will stagnate your business. You can’t be everything for everyone. Instead of worrying about being perfect, superheroes just put on their costumes, go out there, and get the job done in an effective manner. Although the superhero succeeds in most cases, there are some times when the superhero fails miserably. The failure is a temporary setback that the superhero does not dwell upon. After the failure, superheroes put on the costume and try again to get the job done. Sometimes, they use a different approach to get the same job done.
It’s okay to make a mistake. If superheroes can do what they do and make mistakes, then you can make some mistakes as well. Even the perfectionists find something wrong with their products after the same product has been analyzed for months. Perfectionists are the ones who look at the small piece of dust (that can easily be moved) on the best painting in the art gallery. Perfection is impossible. Not thinking about perfection and becoming successful is very possible. In fact, it’s common.
d0ob (@EMPTeam) says
pretty nice article 🙂 Superheroes are unachievable idols, mostly shown with the most positive attributes, but what when a “Perfect being” loses control – Try “Gods Among us” Flaws are that what gives us humans our value 🙂
Marc Guberti says
I did some research on “Gods Among Us” and doing it very interesting. It has a shocking plot. No one can be perfect, but we can strive for excellence.
Great article once again Marc, of course perfection is indeed a worthwhile goal to strive to reach, how-ever the realization that true perfection is simply a measuring stick for us to guage our efforts is the real sign of entreprenueral muturity….
Marc Guberti says
I agree. Although we know we cannot be perfect, it is important for us to be as perfect as possible to the people who matter. I think of the ideal person I would want to be and strive to get there.
Sonja Hartemink says
Yes, very true. Had this problem, and now learning about, and, applying, imperfect action!
Marc Guberti says
Perfection is something impossible. That’s the first step to getting out of the shell of stagnation.
John DaftGeek Lordan (@LordanArts) says
Another EXCELLENT article Marc. You know I model a LOT of my art and even my activism after superhero mythos (see http://www.AgentsOfLASSO.com for an example). You’ve nailed the point, we have something to learn from ALL types of art, and in particular these stories are helping us in our most trying times (9-11).
I just lost my friend… this article helped me immensely. Watch what I do with this belief system at http://www.KryptonianChurch.com
Let’s change this world together Marc. Keep writing these GREAT blogs!