Everybody wants to be heroes except heroes
But sometimes you just become one
And even less often it’s because you don’t try
But…perception isn’t always reality.
What you don’t ever get to see is that the hero
Has, in almost every case put in massive
I mean unthinkably massive amounts of work.
Many people see the hero and just think he
Got lucky and had the right opportunities
But those opportunities would be worth nothing
Without months, maybe years of preparation
But the truth is that many throughout history
Were different than what we’d think of as
A hero or a superhero.
They were regular people that became great
Because of the love and trust they received
From friends and strangers alike.
There are a few important things that
I would like you to consider about heroes.
However, I would like to first look at a
Few heroes of the past and discuss what
They had that we may also have in us
And not even know it.
Being a hero is not easy, but it’s also
Not as hard as you’d might think if you look
At what these people did…
This guy was a hero, not for what he did, but he didn’t do
He inspired others to join his cause through several
Hunger strikes that lasted for weeks.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King was all about the non-violent protest
He was probably best known for his 1,000,000 man
March and the “I have a dream” speech.
But out of those millions of people that showed up
Not one of them showed up for MLK.
It was for his cause and for the fact that he had a
Clear vision of what he wanted for our future.
By the way, it was called the I have a dream speech
Not the “I have a plan” speech.
(More on that in the p.s.)
Helen was a different type of hero. She didn’t have
Any one strength except for her desire to learn.
She was blind, deaf, and didn’t really speak, but
The impact she had on the world was immense.
It was because she desired for the most basic
Of human experiences that we all are inspired by
What we can achieve. It also helps us appreciate
The blessing that is to simply be alive.
Not everyone may agree that this man is a hero
But I would be willing to bet that a vast majority
Of our lives would be drastically different without
The visionary prowess of a man who could make
A computer company also a music company
I mean a computer company making portable
His vision to see the world in his own light
Inspired us all to follow him and buy into all
Of his products and ideas.
So all in all, a hero can have a huge impact
There are many more throughout history
That I could have named, but really it
All boils down to this:
Heroes are also leaders in that they both
Share the same characteristics that make
People follow and revere them.
Those that are willing to sacrifice themselves
For what’s right, speak their minds and
Inspire us with their vision, are the ones
That will tireless work to create that world
In their vision and we are simply left to
Marvel at their genius.
It doesn’t take a genius to be a hero
Just a person that is dedicated to happiness.
Because fulfillment comes when you bring
Happiness to others.
Jerry “bringer of smiles” Washington
P.S. MLK is a personal hero of mine. I actually have
His I have a dream speech on my iPod. One thing that
Made him such a great leader and why so many people
Followed him is because he had vision. Which is different
From a plan, because it’s really an answer to the question
“Why” which is probably the most important question
We can start with.
Let me try and put it how it was put to me.
You don’t exercise every day to hurt yourself
You exercise every day to NOT hurt yourself.
It’s the accumulation of taking little actions that
Count towards your vision of the future that
Eventually show in your body, mindset, and even
Learn more about it here in my private group
On Facebook. It’s called Project SELFFY
And if you’re looking for a place to talk about
Living the good life where you’re not eating
Chicken and broccoli out of Tupperware containers
You should consider joining the conversation.