Chadwick Boseman’s death rocked the world. Not only was it sudden but it felt unreal; after all our Fearless King of Wakanda seemed to be in the best shape and mental space of his life.
Then the news broke that he passed on August 28th at his home, and in any case where a major celebrity dies, we all start to question our own mortality, we begin to question our purpose in life, and start to attempt to do things we always wanted to do in life.
Chadwick was a 43-year-old American actor who was most renowned for playing the role of the Black Panther. For many African Americans and wider communities, he was not only a Marvel superhero but a real-life superhero.
Here are 3 lessons to learn from Chadwick’s life.
- Giving 100%
Many people didn’t know or even suspect that Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer back in 2016, showing that he was not only great at fighting in action films, but he was also a fighter in real life.
He starred in Marshall (20 September 2017), Black Panther (29 January 2018), Avengers: Infinity War (23 April 2018), Avengers: Endgame (22 April 2019), 21 Bridges (21 November 2019), and Da 5 Bloods (12 June 2020).
These films were done between a number of chemotherapy treatments and surgeries. So, in everything we do we should also place focus on giving our best even when we are faced with difficult and precarious situations.
2. Being Positive
Faced with the news of imminent death, Chadwick always displayed positivity, never seen with a down spirit but in every interview or Instagram video he always had a smile on his face.
He transformed his extremely difficult circumstances into an opportunity to strive harder for what he wanted.
He stated that “the struggles along the way are meant to shape you for your purpose.”
This shows that we must do what is within our capabilities and what aligns with our purpose, whether that be in terms of personal development, or bettering your community or even the wider world.
3. The power of resilience
Chadwick graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2000. He appeared in various television shows and wrote plays in the subsequent years. But his first starring role as an actor happened in 2013 as Jackie Robinson, in the movie 42.
It took 13 years for Chadwick Boseman to find success as a leading actor, and 18 years to become an international superstar with Black Panther. Often, people look at someone else, eager to emulate the person’s success, not realizing the amount of work and sacrifice that led to that success.
Chadwick’s life trajectory reminds us of the importance of resilience and understanding that greatness is a process.