Know the Rules. Bend the Rules.

Know the Rules. Bend the Rules.

You need to know the rules so you can effectively bend them to meet the changing needs of your environment.
I’m a rule breaker. Well, maybe more of a bender. I believe in spirit and intent, as sometimes rules take time to catch up with reality.

Going into this past weekend, I was really looking forward to Captain America: Civil War. I’ve long said I am Iron Man, and identify with Tony Stark as someone who has had to figure out how to lead without the suit. However, when it comes to Team Iron Man or Team Cap, I’ve been Team Cap all the way.

While I say I’m a rule bender (Tony frequently bends, shapes or ignores rules as he sees fit), I have a firm grasp of what I see as right and wrong. I understand the rules – all the nuances of the rules – to make sure I don’t put a toe past them.

If Tony and Cap are each on one side, then I know Cap is going to be squarely on the side of right. That’s just what he does. In effect, he’s the balance Tony needs.

At least that was my position going into the weekend. The reality, as expected, is murkier than a strict definition of right and wrong.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you may want to stop here. Spoilers ahead.
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