I’ve heard it said that success is loving what one has to do. Since we all have to earn a living, how could you bring more success and love to what you do?
Recognizing Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics who died recently and left a legacy for everyone to enjoy what he loved.
Even if you’re not a big comics fan, the stories of goodness triumphing over evil has lasting appeal. Stan Lee loved goodness and it flowed into his work.
Stan Lee quotes:
“Most people say, “I can’t wait to retire so I can play golf,” or go yachting or whatever they do. Well, if I was playing golf, I would want that to finish so I could go and dream up a new TV show!”
“I don’t know where the hell I’ll be in five years. Maybe I’ll be producing movies, maybe I’ll be on a corner selling apples. I don’t know, but I’m having a hell of a lot of fun.”
“I think whatever you do you should do what you most want to do and what you’re best at. Too many people don’t do what their heart’s desire is. They try to do something else ’cause they think it will be easy to get a job or make money. And if that happens then when you’re doing it you feel like you’re working. But if you do what you really want to do you feel like you’re playing and it’s easier for you to do.”
The results are better too when you are playing. “Working” has a vague feeling of poverty to it when compared to playing, love and flow.
Consider. The things we appreciate most come from people who love what they do.
- Michelangelo loved sculpture
- Lincoln loved politics
- Fred Rogers loved children
Every picture I found of Stan Lee, he was smiling. It is as though those who bring love to their work are all ministering to us, creating their form of healing through their work.
You could call each one of them a hero in their own right.
What would be possible for you if you would bring some of this spirit of goodness within you to your work…recognizing, embracing and inspiring the goodness in the world?
What if we reached a little beyond the categories, social constructs and divisions and lowered some walls?
“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” – Stan Lee