In part I of ‘the importance of virtual mentors’ I gave an overview into this concept. Now it’s time to dive a little deeper.
Let’s look at an example of a virtual mentor. Batman, The Dark Knight that is, not spandex Batman.
Batman is one of few superheroes to posses no actual superhuman power.
Why is Batman a virtual mentor?
He is an entrepreneur, martial artist, world class detective and a business man; which means he is me and you. Now i’m not saying that you should quit your job to become Batman, but there are a lot of lessons we can take from the caped crusader. (If you do quit your job to become a superhero, can I interview you for an Industry Spotlight?)
Batman’s lack of fear or rather his determination to face his fears, his discipline to being the best at his craft and of course his moral code are an inspiration.
In a world where we are all beginning to break out of the mould and follow our own paths and choices, it’s not surprising how franchises like Batman and Iron Man are so successful. They inspire us all to want to follow our dreams and take on the world.
Why is it that these superheroes are always entrepreneurs? The majority of them are striving not only to help mankind survive against evil, but also to inspire mankind to achieve against the impossible.
Think about this, if Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark are the entrepreneurs in us, the fighters, those that are contributing and challenging the status quo to give the world a better chance of hope, then who do The Joker, Bane, Obadiah, Aldrich Killian and the Extremis represent in the real world?
People around the globe are deciding they no longer want to be an employee; they want to be an employer. And they feel they have the belief to achieve that. Batman is a virtual mentor to us all.
These stories are far more than entertainment. They are a part of the revolution that is happening right now.
In my next post on virtual mentors I will be jumping out of the comic book and into the cook book with a feature on world renowned UFC nutritionist and trainer Mike Dolce.