(Updated July 27th, 2012.)
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 days, business thought-leaders like Dave Logan give TED talks reminding those in the audience to “remember you’re Batman.” These stories help us believe we can change the world, too.These stories help us believe we can change the world, too.
Recently we asked Red Roomers to blog about a time when tenacious belief in what they were meant to do, à la Bruce Wayne, was rewarded. If they still in the middle of the tenacious part—as Red Room still is—we wanted to hear about that.
A few posts stood out:
Antiguan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse said that the numerous rejections she got made finally getting published that much better. She tells a wonderful tale of tenacity (with some great tips) in "Pushing Water Up Hill—One Writer's Guide to Doing the Impossible."
Every superhero has a flaw or defect that makes them vulnerable. Member Kelly Tweeddale thinks it's these flaws that keep heroes going, as well as her and her daughter. She talks about their two alter egos in "Batman vs. Invisible Girl."
An admiration for Batman—who, through just investing enough time and money, could sometimes beat Superman—inspired member Avery Tingle to achieve much, including getting off the streets. You'll be inspired in turn by his entry, "On Being Batman."
–Gina Misiroglu, Executive Editor, Red Room