Our CEO, Ivory Madison, told me a story years ago about meeting Michael Uslan and how he inspired her. For an entire decade, every Hollywood studio told Uslan that no one would ever make a Batman movie—Batman was dead. But he believed in his childhood hero, in the power of stories, and in himself (although he occasionally wondered if he was crazy). Now, his Batman movies have grossed more than a billion dollars and completely transformed popular culture. These stories help us believe we can change the world, too.
That’s why Comic-Con International selected Uslan to be the guest of honor at this year’s convention, where he’ll appear before more than 130,000 fans, authors, and industry professionals this week. His memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, is a must-read for anyone who has a big dream and won’t let go until they make it come true. These days, business thought-leaders like Dave Logan give TED talks reminding those in the audience to “remember you’re Batman.”
This week, we’d like you to blog about a time when tenacious belief in what you were meant to do, à la Bruce Wayne, was rewarded. If you’re still in the middle of the tenacious part, tell us about it. So are we at Red Room.
“Being good. Knowing myself. Being old. Having learned a lot. Being ‘inner’-directed like that Maslow guy talked about fifty years ago. Being sane. Seeing stuff for what it is. Having been to the mountaintop. And the mountainbottom.”
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