Who Wants to be a Hero?

Who Wants to be a Hero?

For some reason, I am often asked why anyone would want to be a hero. It seems a strange question, but I have the answer. There are three reasons:

  1. Becoming a hero automatically increases your attractiveness by 20-40%. FACT.
  2. Your chances of being in a parade multiply by six.
  3. You could get on TV.

Do you need any more?

Try these: heroes save lives, change lives, and improve the world.

Heroes do these things. Observers and bystanders do not. The anti-hero on your favourite premium cable TV show doesn’t.

Heroes are not born heroes. Except Achilles. And Hercules. But they had gods in their family trees.

Heroes are forged. They are forged through practice, through preparation, through study, and through circumstance.

Who doesn’t want to be a hero? Seriously.

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6 Responses to Who Wants to be a Hero?

  1. Jaime Buckley August 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    What some people don’t realize is you can train in motion to be a Hero!
    That’s right…you don’t have to wait or have any special skills other than a willingness and the ability to pay attention.

    “How,” you ask?
    By doing for someone else what they cannot do for themselves.
    The cat in the tree. Getting a drink for a small sibling. Helping mom or dad find their keys. Mowing the lawn for the elderly couple next door.

    These are all true-to-life that not only make you a hero in their eyes, it starts building your “Hero Reputation”.

    …no, you’re not born a Hero, BUT–if you have a good heart, the rest is just practice.

  2. Peter Steeves November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Author Rory Miller has pointed out that you can make a profound, nearly mythical change in yourself by always jumping right in and doing things you don’t like, if you were going to do them anyways.

    Start with the small stuff: gotta do the dishes? Don’t wait – just grab the sponge.
    Need to workout more? Do a push-up or two right now (unless you’re at the office – that’s weird).

    Those little steps add up, and soon enough you’ll have a personality-based habit of just doing what you ought to do, without added hesitation. I think that’s brilliant.

    • Jaime Buckley November 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Peter, that’s brilliant. Appreciate you pointing that out–especially since that’s doable by all of us, regardless of circumstances!

      • Matt Langdon November 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

        Exactly right. It’s easy to just sit on the couch or complain. Slightly less difficult is getting up and doing something – anything. That habit of doing “something” can be a difference-maker.

  3. M.Soul December 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    False. The 3 reasons that’ll bash yours into the ground are as follows

    1./ I want to help change the world. Heroes do that, right? Change the world.
    2./ To follow in my great grandfathers footsteps (WWII tail gunner)
    3./ To know that I did it. Not for a self-satisfaction sake, but to know I did something good. Maybe to atone for my past. Who knows?


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