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What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From The Movie ‘Iron Man’

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The 2008 film ‘Iron Man’ was a big hit at the box office and blew away critics and comic book fan boys alike. Robert Downey Jr. received a lot of praise for his role as the billionaire industrialist Tony Stark who turned him self into a motivational character who fought the bad guys. There’s a lot to love about this superhero flick, but you might not know what every entrepreneur can learn from the movie “Iron Man”.

There’s plenty of motivational content in the film, and here are some of the lessons worth pondering on:

How the movie Iron Man can teach you to become a successful entrepreneur

#1: It’s OK Not To Get It Right The First Time

Learning the ropes of business is an ongoing process, not a one-shot deal. In the film, Tony Stark didn’t just develop one version of his armour, but three. Although the Mark I (which he built during captivity) helped him get out of the cave, it was slow, clunky and only lasted 15 minutes.

As soon as he got home, Tony immediately worked on the Mark II which was the silver version he took for an impromptu test flight. With this version, he also ran into problems, namely his suit freezing at extremely high altitudes.

Towards the end of the film, he came up with the Mark III which built upon the strengths of his first two suits while doing away with their respective weaknesses.

So, the point is that Tony didn’t get things right the first time, nor did he expect himself to. He knew that he had to learn from his past mistakes before he could finally come up with something that truly worked.

In the same way, what every entrepreneur can learn from the movie “Iron Man” is that it’s ok to make mistakes because they can teach you what not to do the next time around.

 

#2: Sometimes You Gotta Run Before You Can Walk

Speaking of the Mark II, Tony’s A.I. butler JARVIS warned him that there were still terabytes of calculations that needed to be done before he could take his suit to the skies. Tony responded by blasting off anyway in spite of this and learned how to fly his baby by learning first-hand.

As an entrepreneur, you can test the waters and speculate all you want, but you’ll never really learn the business by never taking a risk and trying stuff yourself.

Studying business in school and reading books about it is helpful in the sense that you need to know the theories before stepping out into the real world. However, the other half of the equation is about getting out there and actually doing it.

If fear is holding you back in any way, here’s a motivational tip: going out there and doing it will teach you a whole lot of other things you won’t find in a book.

 

#3: Be Willing To Evolve

When Tony realised that his business endeavors put people in harms way, he decided that he needed to shut down Stark Industries & weapons division and re-think the direction of his company.

In the real world, you also need to change what you’re doing if your previous approaches or methods are no longer working for your business. Change is not only an inevitable part of being an entrepreneur, but also when it comes to life in general.

The better you can adapt to and work around your ever-changing circumstances, the greater success you’ll enjoy.

 

#4: Don’t Be So Serious All The Time

While Tony Stark often found him self in dire circumstances, he didn’t always hunker down and contemplate on the seriousness of it all. In fact, he always tried to find humor in any given situation in order to diffuse the tension and take the edge off.

Running a business has its challenges and you’ll face constant pressure, so what every entrepreneur can learn from the movie “Iron Man” is that you should always try to see the lighter side of everything so that you don’t drive yourself crazy.

 

#5: Work With What You Have And Improvise

When you’re starting out in business, you may not have all the resources you’d like. The problem is that you may end up focusing on your limitations more than what you actually have.

While he was held hostage, Tony Stark built the Arc Reactor (the gizmo that powered his suit) in a cave with nothing more to go on than spare parts and components from discarded weapons. He didn’t have the luxury of being in his high-tech workstation, but yet he pulled it off.

Tony didn’t whine about his situation and instead, he made the best of what he had at the moment and powered through his personal crisis.

If there’s one important bit of motivational advice you can get from the film, it’s that you won’t have everything you need all the time.

Sometimes, you just need to suck it up and work with your circumstances rather than struggling against them.

Not everything will go your way all the time. You’ll have to rise above your difficulties and use them to make yourself a better person, be it in business or life in general.

PS. Tony Starks character apparently is loosely based of PayPal creator and Billionaire inventor Elon Musk who we have featured numerous times in the past on Addicted2Success.com, checkout his articles below:

(Video) Elon Musk – The Real Life ‘Iron Man’, Engineer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

The Top 5 Successful Men Who Broke The Rules

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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