Why is it that we have all got heroes that many of us have not ever met?
If heroes are just ordinary people who do something extraordinary, how can they be so everywhere yet uncommon all at the same time?
I think this picture goes part of the way to answering that question.
That this was you when you were four years old, the young superhero.
What on earth happened to the young superhero?
For a start, as you grow up, you learned that you were not superhuman, that you could not really fly and jumping off walls might actually hurt.
You learned that you made mistakes and that sometimes people would laugh at you.
You learned to be careful about what you said, not to stand out, to fit in.
Most importantly though you learned to stop believing in yourself.
Then you grew up and you learned to worry about the important things in life like; Does my bum look big in this? Does my tie go with my shirt? And how many friend requests have I got on Facebook today?
You learned how to put your best face and feet forward not what you make you come alive inside.
And you were saved by the greatest invention known to every the lost hero. The delete key.
You decided to hold back on your art and started to put forward what you thought is acceptable to society.
You might not be a hero anymore, but you could be ‘super’.
You know we have got this notion that we are inspired by the extraordinary stuff that we see happening around us.
We are so focused on the ‘big what’, that we have lost sight of the truth about what really inspires people.
Being successful is not about what you do, it is about how you do it.
Heroes touch us by being masters of how.
Seth Godin shows us how to inspire.
Xolani Gwala showed us how to be professional and humble at the same time.
Eliud Kipchoge showed us how to do the impossible.
Richard Branson shows us how to believe in our dreams.
Nelson Mandela showed us how to let go.
Mother Theresa showed us how to care.
And Steve Jobs showed us how to live before we die.
You see real heroes are not always out there doing extraordinary things every day.
They are often doing stuff you and I could do, if we chose to.
Every Person you impact you leave a heart-print, or not, and that is your legacy. – Oprah
I would like to propose a new definition of the modern hero.
A hero is an extraordinary person doing ordinary things.
You have the potential to reach out to people every day and how you do that is what makes your ideas matter.