Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, died yesterday at the age of 95.
Lee created countless iconic characters such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Panther and more.
As we mourn the loss of this buoyant force of creativity let’s look back of some of his most memorable quotes that truly defines character and leadership.
1. Turning imagination into reality.
It’s a tremendous challenge to create so many iconic superhero characters over the years.
Every time you think you come up with a great name, you find out somebody has already done it.
Hence as Stan Lee said “dreaming about something isn’t that hard, but executing it is the toughest part.”
Stan Lee with a copy of a Spider-Man comic book. PHOTO- WASHINGTON POST PHOTO BY GERALD MARTINEAU.
2. Always be humble.
Stan Lee has once said “I never thought of myself much of a success.”
Hence, no matter how high you reach always remember to keep your feet to the ground.
Let the work speaks for itself, just like all his superhero characters.
Stan Lee and wife Joan at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan 21, 2012. PHOTO- REUTERS.
3. Own up to your work.
Do not be embarrassed because you are just a comic-book writer while others are building bridges or going on to medical careers.
Always remember what Stan Lee “doing what you love is a best thing to do.”
The handprints, footprints and signature of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee are pictured in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, on Nov 12, 2018. PHOTO- REUTERS.
4. Be kind to all kinds.
Stan Lee defined a hero as someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them.
Even if there is no chance of a reward.
That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do.
If you too put others need before you then indeed without a doubt, you are a real superhero.
Like he once said “with great power comes great responsibility.”