The Anti-Hero Advisor

Merc With The Mouth
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First off, we at The Intro Machine do not endorse murder or contract killing.  That being said, Deadpool (The Merc with the Mouth) can inspire us in many ways.

First and foremost is the attitude.  Almost constantly Wade Wilson (Deadpool) is in a good mood.  Even in the face of the terminal cancer spreading throughout his body, he never gives up his humour nor banter, trying to enliven those around him.  Yes, many use comedy as a front for dark thoughts (see Robin Williams), but a single smile from another can make your day no matter how horrible it otherwise may be.  Make others smile, even if you sometimes become annoying with your positive attitude.

HOLLYWOOD – JUNE 26: Robin Williams star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. This star is located on Hollywood Blvd. and is one of 2400 celebrity stars.

Secondly, Deadpool is infamous for breaking the Fourth Wall.  This means that he knows he is a comic book character or in a movie, but can interact with the audience.  Do you ever break the Fourth Wall in your business, stop and look at what you are doing with a client and say “What the?!”  Do you literally stop the action and reflect on what you are doing and why?  On whether or not your language is effective, or to disrupt the flow of the meeting that isn’t going the way you had planned?  Why not?  What is holding you back and trapping you in the reality of your situation?  “After Action Debriefs” do not apply to just the military.  Sports teams watch the tape after the game to improve, and now can make alterations in game based upon feedback.  Deadpool alters his actions when he stops and talks to the camera, why can’t you do the same in a meeting?  WWDD?

Third, Wade might be the worst hero ever because he is violent like the Three Stooges on Steroids, lacks almost all redeeming social characteristics, loves bad 1980’s movies, and has the fashion sense of well, me.  But that’s beside the point.  What is important is that he actually believes he can be a hero, and ultimately becomes one.  “Four or five moments-that’s all it takes to become a hero.”  Do you take the four or five moments a day to face your fear and fight for what is right?  That instant when the fear hits you and you stand at Wimp Junction, do you alpha up to do what is painful but needed?  That is all it takes.

Wade Wilson premiered as a bad guy, an assassin.  He recreated himself through Maximum Effort and attitude.  He refused to give in to circumstances that would annihilate other’s psyche and rose to the challenge.  He became a hero not because of his decade of Special Forces training, not because of his hot chimichanga, but because his choices.  His choices to look on the bright side of life and be better.

Do you chose to be the anti-hero today that your clients need?

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