4 Business Lessons you can learn from the Black Panther Movie -Heather Cummings

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If you haven’t seen the upcoming trailer for the Black Panther, you’re either sleeping under a rock or living in an underground cave to miss this much anticipated Marvel franchise movie. It’s been the buzz ever since the premiere dropped and so many people including myself, bought presale tickets to prove how much this movie is well anticipated.

The movie is going to be a must-see, especially with seeing previews of the trailer. The Black Panther (T’Challa) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, debuting years before such early African-American superheroes as Marvel Comics’ the Falcon (1969) and Luke Cage (1972).

I am so excited to see a movie of Superhero representing the African Ancestry, shows how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby was aware and conscience of the diversity of superheroes would look like. I grew up reading comics with my older siblings, and it gave us a sense of belonging and felt good to know superheroes are not one dimensional in race or ethnicity. The superhero’s that got mainstream recognition put a shadow over superhero’s like the Black Panther, but he is still a superhero none the less.

Reviews posted from the special screening in the  Los Angeles Times writer Jen Yamato wrote it best, “Black Panther’ is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people.” When reading this, I had these similar sentiments when just watching the trailer and seeing how a movie has sparked such an exuberance of emotions. Pride, empowerment, self-worth, the list goes on with the how much I look forward to how this comic will be on the screen.

Sometimes my inspirations and motivations for great ideas and projects are stemmed from reading books and watching films.  Have you ever got hit with an enlighten inspiration, and you just want to do something with it?   Well, The Black Panther has tons of high motivation and inspiration to entrepreneurs as well.


Here are four business lessons you can learn from the life and times of a superhero we all should know.


1. Persistence

Despite all the circumstance faced with the death of his father, T’Challa is willing to push through his challenges to help retain and continue to keep the nation of Wakanda in order and not dragged a world war. He is committed to his duties as Black Panther and now King. When facing so much making sure that we don’t lose sight of the big picture and remain committed to something we feel deeply passionate.


2. Turn your setbacks into set up for success

Setbacks are a constant reminder of we can make the most of where we are and what we have. T’Challa to inheritance to the throne wasn’t through circumstance he did expect but he was not going to allow the death of his father  T’Chaka to keep him from maintaining the course of taking up the responsibilities he now must carry. Whenever we experience in business, we have to utilize the setback or circumstances to grown learn.


3. Don’t forget what brought you to where you are

The fictional nation of Wakanda is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. This nation built itself independently without the use of outside resources. They maintain a precious resource called vibranium, making it a target for those looking to get their hands on the rare metal. T’Challa is committed to making sure the value of his home remains what it was as a child. He knows the value and importance of what it means to continue to make sure the work his father and fellow countrymen have sacrificed in making sure this cherished land they built will remain an essential resource for them. This lesson is also valuable in doing business, and we should keep in mind that as it grows, to remember what brought you to level you are now. The customers, the staff, and the product or the service is all part of the why we started a business in the first place.

4. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries

The role of a leader will always come with challenges that will push us to break out of comfort zone. T’Challa was expected to take on the role as King eventually, but he also was torn between honoring traditions and preserving the rich history of the Wakandian legacy. To the broader world, he is a superhero, but in Wakanda, he is the king who decided to end the country’s long seclusion. We often have to look at how to push the envelope when doing business, it’s the risk of being in business, but it’s business just the same. T’Challa made a crucial decision to showcase a country to possible potential enemies is a risk, but he also knew there was a significant agenda In doing so as it can impact the entire world as a whole. We have to even look at how sometimes the possible benefits outweigh the risk for what could be a more significant return. There are going to be moments that will scare us into our normalcy, but without taking a risk and pushing past our comfort zone, we may not see what we are capable of.

The Black Panther movie is more than just another entertaining film, its also inspiration, which conveys a powerful message of taking every opportunity to see how much potential we all have in ourselves. Our relationships with superhero movies draw from a personal connection to them. It speaks to our inner desires to do more than just exist, but to bring something meaningful to ourselves and society. As businesswoman, I really look forward to seeing this movie and how the representation of a black character can shed light on the need to continue to showcase the much-needed diversity our culture should uphold.

Wakanda Forever!



CurlKit owner-founder, blogger+ business mentor for Subscription Box BluePrint+ mompreneur.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, church and traveling.

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