1. You can do great things no matter how small you are.
Great things comes in many form. A simple act of kindness or helping someone is already an act of doing great things.
There was once a car parked in a mall that failed to start. The owner keeps turning on the engine but the car won’t roar to life.
Bystanders nearby notice the whole scene but never helped.
Later on, a skinny kid offered the man to push the car hoping it would kick-start.
The size of the car is incomparable to the size of the kid’s skinny arm. But he continue to push hard that his body is already slanting to the ground.
The bystanders then came on rushing and joins the kid in pushing the car.
For whatever psychological-melodramatic-thing going on in the mind of those bystanders, that I cannot say. But one thing’s for sure. That kid did something great.
More than that, being “small” in the structure doesn’t mean worthlessness.
Just because you’re the lowest rank on your organization doesn’t mean you can’t influence the whole. Who knows, your actions might be the solution your organization are looking for.
2. Technology can be used in a righteous way or in an evil way.
A technology sitting idly in one corner remains neutral unless someone uses it. It is like clay that forms on whoever hands molding it.
Our communication device such as mobile phones can be used to communicate to ants our friends and families. But can also be used to backbite them or talk against a person.
Internet can be use in many good things, but can also be used in a malicious, naughty manner.
Our technology nowadays can be used by your kids for educational purposes. But it would be a different story if you let them see brutality and whatnot.
It is a double edge sword and it is very apparent between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket. It really depends on how we use it.
As quoted by Hope Van Dyne talking to Ant-Man: “The suit has power, and you have to learn how to control it… and these are your greatest allies.”
3. Recognize talent. Utilize resources.
Dr. Hank Pym recognize Scott’s talent, thus he choose him to be the Ant-Man.
Scott, the Ant-Man, chooses his buddy thieves because he can rely on their talents.
Ant-Man communicates to ants and use them as resources in helping him do his tasks.
In the corporate world today, many talented employees are ants are not recognized by the management or the higher-ups. They just don’t see the value of the person. Sometimes the person ends up resigning, looking for another company.
It’s a waste looking at a talented employee leaving the company without regret by the higher ups simply because no one recognizes the person’s talent.
4. Protect your trade secrets.
Ant-Man’s case on protecting the secret technology is of extreme nature because it involve human threat if it fall on the wrong hand.
But let’s not get too extreme here.
Nowadays, technology leaders suing each other because of a copied design. Corporations are now doing patent on their ideas, designs, discoveries.
We all have secrets. And we all have ideas.
Some may be as useless and worthless as you think it is. Some may prove big time.
Some happen to discover a great recipe combination (i.e. 11 herbs and spices) and turns into a successful restaurant business.
Protect your trade secret. You might profit from it (…well, in a less extreme case).
5. Believe in second chance.
This sounds corny/sentimental.
So I won’t emphasize on this too much. It’s self-explanatory anyway.
I’ll just leave this quote to you from the movie on what Hank Pym said to Scott:
“Second chances don’t come around all that often. I suggest you take a really close look at it. This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter’s eyes, to become the hero that she already thinks you are.”