By Damilola Faustino
Black Panther is the movie rave of the moment and if you haven’t seen it, we understand. Tickets must have been sold out at the cinemas when you went. Dont worry, try again today. Keep trying until you can get your movie ticket. It is worth the wait. The widely acclaimed film has an impressive amount of lessons to be learned that are extremely relatable, and they are applicable to your life and your career. Here are career lessons we can all learn from Black Panther:
You can have fun on the job.
T’Challa’s 16-year-old sister and the princess of Wakanda, Shuri, designs new technology for Wakanda. She’s basically the brain behind T’Challa’s suit and can teach us all how to have a little more fun on the job, no matter how mundane the role. Even though she carries a great deal of responsibility, Shuri doesn’t let that stop her from exploring ways to make her work better, supporting her team, and bringing joy to everyone. From her special handshake with her brother, to her constant jabs at him and sarcasm, she lights up her lab every time.
It’s important to create equal opportunities
A prominent theme seen and felt throughout Black Panther is one of inclusiveness and creating equal opportunities for all. A fear that is experienced by Wakanda and T’Challa is that too much opportunity will bring demise to the world, especially when vibranium, the most versatile, and strong metal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is involved. However, by the end of the movie, T’Challa puts plans forth to build an outreach centre at the building where N’Jobu, Killmonger’s father, died. He also makes plans to reveal Wakanda to the world, something of which was forbidden earlier on. When you create equal opportunities for others, you give them a chance to access better educational, networking, and career opportunities, you also get to learn from and experience different ideas, cultures, and ways of thinking that might not be possible had there been limitations in place.
You can use difficult situations to your advantage
After T’Challa awakens from his coma, he went back to Wakanda, a fictional African nation, to reclaim his throne from Killmonger, the main antagonist. Instead of abandoning Wakanda to fend for himself or taking refuge under the Jabari Tribe, a mountain tribe consisting of Wakandans who have shunned the use of vibranium and removed themselves from mainstream society, T’Challa chose to embrace his issues head-on, and take back his throne. The most important lessons learned are when things go wrong, they teach us how to prepare for future problems to come. They also show us important values that will carry us through life and our career. No matter how big or small, don’t let adversity stop you from claiming your full potential.
Do not be scared to take a stand
In one of the scenes of the political thriller, T’Challa, has to decide whether he should lead his nation as his father did or create new opportunities for his people, and the outside world. The young T’Challa went against his father and made the choice to lead as he believes. It can be easy to cringe under leadership, especially if there are strict rules in place. But whether it’s on the job or in your everyday life, you have the right to stand up for what’s right and make your voice heard. Don’t be afraid to address concerns with your boss or take control of areas in your life that are bothering you.
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