The Power Of Superhero

April 12, 2018

Arthur Schopenhauer stated that everyone takes the limits of their own vision for the limits of the world. Aryus believed that statement to be true and attributed the cause of such scarcity of mindset to the fact that most people grow up programmed with limiting mindsets. Aryus understood that the mindset you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life, determining whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value. Aryus saw limiting mindset as the culprit for most people’s inability to achieve fulfilling and meaningful lives, so he resolved to find a way to free people from the poor mindset. He looked for people who have overcome challenges and achieved meaningful successes in life that in turn positively affected their communities, society, and the world - the real-life superheroes. Convinced that real-life superheroes have valuable lessons to teach through their stories, Aryus set out on a journey to discover these superheroes and their stories of struggle, determination, and perseverance. He made it his mission to tell these powerful stories to as many people as possible with the intent to communicate practical and tangible life lessons to help people overcome the poverty of mindset.


Fan of superhero stories, Aryus was intrigued by how much the society has become obsessed with comic book superheroes. He knew that Hollywood’s latest obsession with comic books was one reason for their rising popularity. He also realized that growing popularity of superheroes was due to people getting frustrated more and more with ineffective politicians and people in power. Aryus understood that people needed an ideal in their lives to look up to, and comic book superheroes filled that void. He too loved these entertaining characters and appreciated the general moral of their stories, like standing up to injustice. However, he was growing frustrated with the fact that these stories tended to celebrate the wrong superpowers in heroes such as the ability to transcend the physical limitations imposed on humans, like gravity. That made these superhero characters only loosely aspirational in Aryus’ eyes because, in reality, it was impossible to do what they could do, so he felt he couldn’t really relate to their lives or their realities.


Aryus realized, however, the life-changing potential of superhero stories, so he decided to look for real-life heroes whose stories offered practical and usable lessons for an average human being while connecting them to the hero’s humanity. Aryus wanted to illustrate the failures, the struggle, the real-life challenges, and the learning and growth that the real-life heroes go through. Through these stories, he wanted to demonstrate the practical step-by-step lessons on how to develop the right mindset to overcome obstacles, how to persevere through challenges, and how to use failure as an advantage. Based on his own experience, Aryus strongly believed that one does not change his or her life based on clichés like “never give up” or “anything is possible”. He understood that to drastically change one’s life it requires a shift in mindset - a change from mindset of poverty, mindset of impossible, and mindset of “I don’t have what it takes to become who I dream to become” to a mindset of growth, mindset of wealth, and mindset of “if they can do it so can I”.


That’s how the idea of spotlighting the people in trenches was implanted in Aryus’ head. However, his intention was not to tell or teach people what to do, but rather to learn and let others learn with him. In his quest for growth mindset, Aryus discovered many real-life superheroes. It was empowering for him to learn that these superheroes faced same limitations and challenges and went through everyday struggles just like he did. One perfect example of a real-life superhero for Aryus was Michael Jordan. He viewed Michael Jordan as a true superhero due to the impact Michael had on millions of kids worldwide on and off the basketball court. Realizing that this superhero was a human being just like him and witnessing his journey of self-improvement simply empowered Aryus to dream bigger. He realized that anyone could become a superhero if they were willing to put in the work. The invaluable lesson Michael’s story taught Aryus was that failing, learning from mistakes, and trying again is the biggest part of achieving success and fulfillment.


The challenge that Aryus was determined to answer, however, was the way the stories of superheroes were told by the mainstream media. He was frustrated that the media obsessed with innate talent and success but failed to recognize what got the superheroes there - journey, struggle, hard work, failure, and perseverance. Aryus hated the commonly used terms for superheroes such as “naturally gifted” or “talented” because they took away from the hard work and effort superheroes put in to acquire their skills. Aryus saw this type of mindset as cancer that was affecting the kids’ brains. He was convinced that instead of glorifying imaginary “innate talent” that only discourages kids from even trying, telling raw and genuine stories of real people filled with tangible examples of right attitude, hard work, perseverance, and how they built themselves up piece by piece is the best way to bring out that hidden potential in people.


This discovery was truly empowering to Aryus as he believed that superhero characters and their stories should be more than just an escapist fantasy. His ultimate goal was to change the common perception of superhero to a symbol of hope with practical real-life lessons that would inspire people to allow themselves to believe that they can. To Aryus, the most exciting part was the fact that there are many more superheroes with unique superpowers that can empower millions more kids and adults with their stories.



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