Identifying good role models isn’t just an exercise for children. A working adult can also benefit from having someone they look up to, as well. You probably already have a few individuals who you admire in your industry past and present, but what about people whose work habits you want to emulate? It’s not as glamorous, but those productive qualities can be put into place right now.
And they don’t need to necessarily be people you know, either. Get a bit creative, and set high standards— super high standards. Today, we are exposed to superheroes via films (thanks Marvel and 20th Century Fox!), TV, and traditional platforms like comics. That’s why us freelancers can aspire to be like the heroes in the stories.
Here are six superheroes who would make great freelancers in and out of the comics, and what you could learn from each of them.
The Flash — The Obvious Freelancer
Spawn — Impervious to Freelance Stress
Jean Grey — The Client Whisperer
Iron Man — The Ideal Freelance Starter Nestegg
Now let’s bust out the Marvel movies until the real Tony enters the startup sphere…
Barbara Gordon — Freelance Coding Legend
Black Panther — Martial Arts Extraordinaire
If “freelancing martial artist” is a thing, then Black Panther is your top choice for superhero idol. But for the rest of us, we should look up to his genius level intellect and insatiable curiosity. We get the feeling that if tasked with an assignment, T’Challa would either know enough about the subject matter to crank out an amazing project or know exactly where to look to acquire that knowledge. He is a bonafide genius and reminds us all to always keep learning, no matter how much of an expert you consider yourself to be. Pick up a new skill or try to master a new subject with online courses. Or maybe just spend some downtime at work watching some fascinating lectures. Keep expanding your knowledge base, because in today’s world it’s not just about what you know, knowing where to find what you don’t.
Maybe comics can boost your freelance skills…