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What do Superheroes and Entrepreneurs Have In Common?

If you haven’t thought about superheroes and entrepreneurs to be much alike, you should start giving both of them more credit.

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Every one of us can be considered a superhero in their own surroundings

Entrepreneurs’ lives are nothing short of an arduous battle. Starting a business and facing everyday challenges sometimes feels like constant combat, because the way to success doesn’t come overnight. Just as superheroes fight crime and have their daily struggles with various villains, entrepreneurs need to tap into their superpowers of knowledge and experience to accomplish what they’ve envisioned. However, there are a few more similarities between the two.  

Success doesn’t come overnight

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With every business expenditure, comes new adventures, and the journey never really ends.

Superheroes weren’t taught to control their powers, but they had to figure out for themselves how to put them to good use. After trying to fly and falling numerous times, they eventually mastered the skill, which allowed them to start saving the world on a daily basis. The same goes for entrepreneurs. They don’t expect real success to happen overnight. They know that it yields profit only after many sleepless nights, hard work and incessant effort. Only after they go through various training programs and learning, do they get to see what the business is all about.

They need rescuing from time to time too

People in great danger are always the ones who need superheroes the most. Putting out fires, jumping into a burning building, and fighting criminals is what they’re accustomed to, but sometimes they need to be rescued as well. Not just physically but emotionally. Superheroes doubt themselves more often than not and struggle the reality of not being able to tell about their powers to other people, which is often overwhelming. That’s when a conversation to a loved one helps immensely.

Even though they have superpowers, they still need the biggest power of all – love – to keep them going. When it comes to entrepreneurs, their superpower of making the business thrive comes at a certain price. They tend to become lonely, exhausted and even lose their motivation sometimes. That’s when their family jumps in, to save the day. Behind every successful entrepreneur, there’s an army of loved ones having their back. Whether it’s a spouse, a sibling or a child, entrepreneurs have their own saviours who remind them why they’re good at what they do.

Physical strength and endurance

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We’re all fighting our battles day in, day out.

Working around the clock requires plenty of physical and mental strength, which is another common denominator for superheroes and entrepreneurs. While superheroes couldn’t fight the crime without their muscle strength, entrepreneurs need it to survive one hard-working day after another. Moreover, it’s the best fuel for their workouts, as carbs represent the source of immediate energy for their entire body. It also helps them stay confident and believe in themselves, which is why it’s essential that both of them have enough carbohydrates in their nutrition, to overcome all the challenges that the new days brings along. The number of carbohydrates a person consumes during the day will determine how much work they’ll be able to do, and how long a workout they’ll be able to engage in. Namely, carbohydrates fuel our workout routine, so it’s essential that your pre-workout meal contains at least 50g of carbs.

Battling against villains

Every superhero fights their arch nemesis in order to show how fearless and powerful they are. Villains are there to make heroes’ lives turbulent and try to ruin everything good, which is similar to how business “villains” operate. While building their empires, entrepreneurs face a series of dents in their ventures. Whether it’s a competition, or economic downtime, employees or maybe a partner, it’s entrepreneur’s greatest villain sometimes. They’re constantly battling their internal and external demons, making mistakes from time to time, which is just as challenging as superheroes fighting the bad guys. However, at the end of the day, both of the villains’ help shape superheroes and entrepreneurs to be what they were meant to become and to work even harder the next day, learning from their own mistakes and setbacks.

Functioning well in a group

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Behind every successful entrepreneur, there’s an army of loved ones having their back.

While Batman, Superman and the Flash all fought bad guys on their own, it wasn’t until they were all united together with Aquaman, the Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter that they really saved the world. The point is that even though they were all amazing fighters on their own, they became truly successful after forming the Justice League. The more diverse powers, along with the strength in numbers gave them the ultimate advantage against the evil. The same goes for the world of entrepreneurs. Teamwork is a business’s best friend and the strongest suit. Two heads are much better than one, which is why joining groups can form a strong support system for many entrepreneurs.  

The battles can be never-ending

A series of comic books written and superhero movies filmed only suggests that the battle with the evil never ceases. When it comes to entrepreneurs, they keep saying that the challenges are ongoing as well. The larger the number of challenges, the greater the need for learning. This is precisely why each milestone reached breeds higher expectations, only to set a new goal for every following victory. With every business expenditure, comes new adventures, and the journey never really ends.  

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Final thoughts

If you haven’t thought about superheroes and entrepreneurs to be much alike, you should start giving both of them more credit. We’re all fighting our battles day in, day out, and every one of us can be considered a superhero in their own surroundings because no matter how small our combats may seem, it’s still the one thing that makes us better people at the end of the day.

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After Failed Hanoi Summit, U.S. Imposes First North Korea-Linked Sanctions

Trump and Kim have held two summits — the first in Singapore last June and the second in Hanoi this February. Trump has not ruled out a third such meeting.

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Protesters march toward the U.S. Embassy during a rally supporting the U.S. policy to put steady pressure on North Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 3, 2018. VOA

With negotiations at an impasse, Washington has imposed additional sanctions on those assisting Pyongyang — the first such action since February’s failed summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“This is not really about intensification of pressure,” a senior U.S. administration official said. “This is about maintaining pressure as defined by the international community.”

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks at a news conference in Hanoi, following talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions.
In this Feb. 28, 2019, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks at a news conference in Hanoi, following talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions. VOA

Thursday’s sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department on two China-based shipping companies were the latest evidence of some “leakage” in the enforcement of sanctions by Beijing, but U.S. officials said that overall, China was abiding by the U.N. resolutions slapped on North Korea for its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.

Washington wants Pyongyang to surrender its entire nuclear arsenal and other mass-destruction weapons before being granted any relief from sanctions. The North Koreans insist on sanctions relief before halting production of fissile materials.

“Insisting on unilateral North Korean disarmament upfront is pushing on the wrong door. We should be pushing to first slow the program, then cap it, and ultimately keep rollback and disarmament the long-term goal,” said Vipin Narang, associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “But every month that passes without a grand deal is one in which North Korea’s nuclear program continues to grow larger — increasing the risk of its own use and proliferation to other countries — and the chances of a deal grow smaller.”

 

FILE - In this undated image from video distributed Jan. 1, 2019, by North Korean broadcaster KRT, leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech in North Korea.
In this undated image from video distributed Jan. 1, 2019, by North Korean broadcaster KRT, leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech in North Korea. VOA

Analysts also worry Kim could grow impatient, turn away from diplomacy with Trump and look to China to provide sanctions relief that North Korea desperately needs.

“I’m not sure we can be confident that Beijing will uphold enforcement after Trump so abruptly walked away from negotiations with North Korea,” said Jean Lee, who directs the center for Korean history and public policy at the Wilson Center, a global policy research group in Washington. “I do hope North Korea sticks to negotiation and does not resort to provocation. If Pyongyang doesn’t get the response it craves and needs from Washington, North Korea may turn back to a tried and tested strategy: to get Trump, and the world’s attention, with another illicit missile launch or test.”

U.S. officials on Thursday, speaking to reporters on condition of not being named, expressed patience and confidence with their stance toward North Korea.

Patience

“What they’re facing now is unprecedented,” said one U.S. official of the sanctions on North Korea. “We’ll give it some time.”

Lee, currently in Seoul, told VOA she found it “interesting that we’re back to a form of strategic patience. There was high hope, especially here in Seoul, that Trump’s impatience and unpredictability would lead to fast movement on North Korea. But the Trump administration is finding that it’s much tougher than the president may have thought of simply bullying Kim into acquiescence.”

A prolonged lull in talks “could become risky, and maintaining maximalist positions will not be sustainable,” said Duyeon Kim, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a national security research group in Washington.

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, photo, a North Korean woman walks outside Bugsae Shop, also known as the "Singapore Shop," in Pyongyang. Business is booming at such shops, which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things U.N. sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block.
In this Dec. 21, 2018, photo, a North Korean woman walks outside Bugsae Shop, also known as the “Singapore Shop,” in Pyongyang. Business is booming at such shops, which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things U.N. sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block. VOA

“They need to negotiate a denuclearization-peace road map soon and preferably an interim agreement on fissile materials. Rapid and complete denuclearization is not realistic. Denuclearization will have to occur in stages but in accordance with an agreed road map on how this all ends,” Kim told VOA.

The current primary point of pressure on Pyongyang by the international community is on entities, including their ships, involved with illicitly exporting North Korean goods, such as coal, and taking products — especially petroleum — into the impoverished country in violation of U.N. sanctions.

Unless North Korea denuclearizes, “we’re going to maintain that pressure,” a senior U.S official said.

Daily monitoring

A coalition of countries — using their vessels, aircraft and classified intelligence means — are daily watching the movement of ships involved in the illegal trade.

North Korea and those helping it are trying to obscure identities of ships and cargo by disabling or manipulating systems that identify the vessels for safety and navigation, physically altering vessel identifications and making ship-to-ship transfers to avoid ports, according to a sanctions advisory jointly issued Thursday by the U.S. Treasury and State departments and the Coast Guard.

Neither the United States nor any other country has moved to interdict the offending ships.

FILE - This photo released by Japan's Ministry of Defense shows what it says is the North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2, left, and the Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea, Feb. 16, 2018.
This photo released by Japan’s Ministry of Defense shows what it says is the North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2, left, and the Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea, Feb. 16, 2018. VOA

“I don’t want to talk about potential steps we may or may not take,” replied a senior administration official when asked by VOA whether there was discussion here about using the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard in international waters to take such action.

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Trump and Kim have held two summits — the first in Singapore last June and the second in Hanoi this February. Trump has not ruled out a third such meeting.

“The door is wide open to continuing the dialogue with North Korea. The president wants to see progress at the working level, and he’s engaged as well,” a senior administration official said. (VOA)