What You Can Learn From the Marvel Cinematic Universe About Taking Risks

Growing up, Marvel’s comic books and cartoons were special to me. The characters are — and continue to be — the heroes and protectors of their worlds. They dream big, fight against incredible odds, and always persevere. When I was younger, the journeys and missions of these heroes resonated with me. That fandom has endured as I’ve seen these larger-than-life stories transition to the big screen and other properties. That shift connects with me on a professional level, along with the aforementioned personal enjoyment. As I’ve grown up and further honed my skills, knowledge, and experience, I have been able to bring some of my biggest professional goals to fruition. Doing so, however, came with some degree of risk. Risks …

5 Social Distancing Busters

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are taking a toll on the human psyche and fueling the loneliness epidemic that has raged for several years. Let’s face it: It’s isolating inside for long stretches. And when we venture outside, we find others who look like aliens with face masks and gloves, darting away from each other. It’s downright creepy. Before Coronavirus knocked us off our feet, one-fifth of Americans reported feeling lonely. More than one-third of Americans age 45 and older said they felt socially isolated. And 28 percent of older adults live home alone, more than ever before. Too much isolation is bad news: Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, being obese, or having high blood …