Until recently, you’ve probably never even heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy. After this weekend, all your friends are going to be talking about the new movie and how absolutely amazing it was.

I’m in the same boat. Only recently did I discover who the Guardians of the Galaxy were. Honestly, I’m disappointed I hadn’t heard about them before.

Leadership lessons from Guardians of the Galaxy

Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy?

That’s a good question as they’re an more obscure Marvel comics team. The Guardians are basically 5 space scoundrels who join forces to save the galaxy.

A quick rundown of the characters:

Peter Quill/Star-Lord – Peter’s an orphan who was taken by aliens at a young age. He became a scavenger and petty crook throughout the galaxy.

Gamora – She’s a green woman who’s the adopted daughter of Thanos

Think back to Christmas day and the expectations you had. Presents wrapped underneath the Christmas tree. Snow on the ground. The days off of school.

Expectations were built. Expectations were had. Sometimes they were met, other times we were left empty.

However, there was a power behind our expectations.

The power of our expectations was able to get us out of bed early. Excited and ready to rip into presents.

Now, expectations normally let us down.

We have the expectation of the daily grind. The expectation of doing our daily workout. Or maybe it’s the expectation of returning to work on Monday.

Somehow we’ve let expectations turn into a negative, rather than a positive, empowering force.

How can you harness the power of expectation today? Here’s a few tips to do so.

The amount of money you make is proportional to the amount of people that you serve and the value you offer.

Bob Burg

Every time I hear the name Hercules, I flash back to the Nutty Professor movie where Eddie Murphy’s character chants Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!

But that’s not what this post is about. Nor is it about the Disney Hercules movie from a few years ago.

This isn't Disney's Hercules movie

Instead, these are the leadership lessons from the new live-action Hercules movie with Dwayne Johnson. The one released in July 2014.

Leadership lessons from Hercules

I was really excited to see the new Hercules movie. The premise fascinated me and I love watching Dwayne Johnson act. He’s been fun to watch since his time wrestling as The Rock in the WWF and WWE. He’s also had great roles in the Fast and the Furious movies, the Scorpion King, and many others.

So, I was expecting great things from Hercules. I’m not sure I got that but I was able to take away leadership lessons from Hercules.

There’s something romantic about being a creative. Whether it’s an artist, a musician, or a writer. Everything about the creative process, to those on the outside, seems amazing.

You get to create a masterpiece others can enjoy. You’re sharing a talent you have with the world. You’re able to express yourself. Oh, and you’re always inspired!

Oh, what a crock! I’ve got to tell you that rarely does an inspiring moment hit right when I desire it to.

Knowing this, I had to stop waiting for inspiration to strike.

There’s been stories written about inspiration and how inspiration strikes at just the right moment. I’m not sure I’ve found that to be the case.

Inspiration rarely strikes me when I want it to. I can’t call upon inspiration to bless me with the insights I want to have.