Dave Lim

TEDx Ambassador, TEDxSingapore

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Who is your Everyday Hero?

By this I mean, a person who you see frequently as part of your life, work, school, etc.

Any age. Could be your neighbor, colleague, friend, family, someone you see in your neighborhood.

(Rather than a public figure, famous personality, etc living or not)

.. and share with us "Why?"

Closing Statement from Dave Lim

It's wonderful to see all the tributes and recognition you have be giving your everyday heroes.

Many people cited heroes based on their disposition towards life and those who give of themselves to others, especially parents and grandparents.

As food for thought, and to share, here are some definitions of heroes:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/13/assignment_america/main4802049.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTVKmZZN39I

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    Oct 9 2011: My everyday hero is the gentlemen who cleans the toilets at my workplace. He certainly does not earn the highest salary there, but seems to be the happiest employee. Always kind to everyone, everytime we enter the toilette and he is there performing his job, he treats us as if we were arriving to his home's living room. And when we leave, greets the people like if we were to come and visit him back one day, when he would have the opportunity to be the kindest guest again.
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      Oct 12 2011: wow. You got it right my friend. God bless you.
  • Oct 19 2011: My children, who understand that I am not perfect.
    My husband, who has endless patience and respect for me and others
    My parents, who thought me the most important things in life: honesty, respect, compassion, and all the good character trades one should have.
    And of course, God.
    I believe there is a hero in all of us.
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      Oct 23 2011: Thank God for kids who love us inspite of our imperfections! Nice point Patricia!
  • Oct 12 2011: Today it was me who was a hero. I have made a lot of people smile today, both at home, with my band and at work. Feel realy good about myself. Hope I can repeat myself tomorrow. It's nice to be a hero.
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      Oct 12 2011: what an honest thing to say. I appreciated hearing that Marcus. So often, we don't allow ourselves to acknowledge our own achievements or good works. Whatever it was, I'm glad it gave you such satisfaction. :)
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      Oct 13 2011: I think you are so lucky .I never had such a beautiful day,and i really want to follow you if conditions permit.And I think i will be happy in that way .
  • Oct 11 2011: Pat. I met her last year on an intergenerational dance project. She's 75 years old. She has the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of her years. The world seems to be her playground and she will seek out adventure at home and abroad. Age and gender don't stop her. I find her inspiring. She demonstrates how you are never too old to play
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      Oct 11 2011: I recently rewatched the movie Harold and Maude, which rekindled my desire to further my passion and curiosity into my age. I'm extremely inspired to find that you have someone in your life like that. I think we have so much to learn from people who embrace life like that.
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        Oct 12 2011: Hi Bella! I recently saw Harold and Maude for the first time and found it to be a fascinating take on life!
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    Oct 5 2011: Honestly, I am my Everyday Hero myself. At least for most of the days.

    I have children to care for, I am living in a (for me) foreign and sometimes strange country, I try to learn something new every day, I try to contribute as much as I can to things that matter. I cook, I organize, I care for the whole family, I try to keep in touch with my parents and my dear friends all over the world...

    At the end of the day, if it was a good day (and some days are not), I really feel like a hero. And I think we all deserve to feel this, if we know, that we've tried our best.
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      Oct 5 2011: Nice, I really appreciate people with nice attitude towards life :)
  • Oct 12 2011: My hero for several years was a man who sold newspapers on a street corner I passed every day on the way to work. I never bought a paper from him (I subscribe at home), but he always smiled and waved when I drove by. He appeared to be in his 50's and had an artificial leg, and I later learned that he was homeless off and on, but his cheerfulness never flagged. One Christmas I gave him a card with a note, "Thank you for brightening my mornings!" and a small amount of money, and he seemed amazed -- I think he didn't realize how rare his good attitude was. Eventually he disappeared, and I later saw a brief article (in the paper he sold) saying that he had died. I miss him.
  • Oct 11 2011: My heroes are the unstoppable caretakers--usually moms--of children with ADHD, autism, sensory issues, bipolar disease, etc., who are up late at night on the internet gathering information about how to help their kids and offering loving support and advice to other moms. They amaze me. They keep each other going, often know more than every professional their kids come in contact with, and are so generous of spirit. They inspire me daily.

    http://www.sensorysmartparent.com
  • Oct 11 2011: life itself is my hero, eveyone and everytheing teaches me how i like to live.
    I just like to thank life for being such a good hero no matter what?
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    Oct 11 2011: My everyday hero is my daughter Bethany. At the age of 22, one month after graduating from the University of Florida, Bethany left the home to join the Peace Corps. She now lives in Ghana, W. Africa working as a science teacher and is raising funds for water tanks for her school/village, as they do not have running water. In her young life, she has taught me what it means to be unselfish and totaling giving, expecting nothing in return. I have learned so much about this world, through her eyes. Although I miss her terribly, I am proud that my child is making a positive change in this world.
  • Oct 10 2011: My best friend Tony.
    He has gone through so many problems throughout his life that I could never match up to or even know if I could deal with...ever. I will save his life story for the sake of his own privacy, but seeing him go through life being as content as he is blows my mind. He is one of the people I can look to, to care about me regardless of the situation. He always puts his friends and others around him before himself. Always. I have told him these things before and he was modest about it of course, but he truly does motivate me to try and help others around me before myself no matter what. After going through all the hardships he has dealt with and still deals with in life, he STILL has never given up on his dreams to be in a great band and use his music to make people happy. That motivates me to follow my dreams. He is truly one of my great heroes.
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      Oct 23 2011: Nice story Chris. Tony sounds like a great guy and a good friend. I'll bet he is proud of you too.
    • Oct 26 2011: My every day hero has been my dad who has brought me up all this while, foregone every thing of his to educate my self and my siblings.chose the lean path because of us!
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    Oct 5 2011: The mothers and fathers trying to keep their children alive in the areas of the world which are facing starvation are everyday heroes to me. Can you imagine doing everything in your power and watching your child die of starvation knowing that there are others in the world who are hoarding food and driving up the prices? Here is what they are stuggling against.

    http://www.wfp.org/stories/rising-food-prices-infographic?gclid=CK_P_b6iyqsCFWhgTAodm0OM0A

    EDIT: I am sorry that I took off half cocked and did not read exactly what you were requesting.

    Therefore I revise my answer to the following: right now it is my friend Alice who just nursed her husband of 47 years for more than 18 months as he died of a form of asbestidosis contracted years ago when he worked in a factory. He died a few weeks ago. She has been supporting the family and even a grandchild lives with her. She keeps putting one foot ahead of another, keeps caring, keeps loving and keeps everyone around her feeling that everything will be OK. The strength of good women is so amazing!
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    Oct 5 2011: Me. For embracing the possible.

    My father (who died in 1998.) For his simple integrity.

    My wife. For her childlike openness, willingness to learn, joyfulness, effort, and persistence.

    My mother (who is still alive.) For her positive attitude and unwavering support.

    Another person whom I do not wish to identify. For teaching me were to look.
  • Oct 31 2011: my hero is everyone I don't know who has to care for a disabled or terminally ill person full time. That takes real courage.
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    Oct 23 2011: My husband of 57 years. He is a good guy.
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    Oct 22 2011: My mother - her strength and perseverance is an inspiration to me. For that reason, any mother I meet or come across has evokes a sense of admiration from me.
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    Oct 22 2011: People here. Speakers on TED. Pretty much anyone who can bring forth a creative idea despite ensuing unpopularity with the masses.
  • Oct 20 2011: My students and my husband are inspirations for me. I have students from all walks of life, who work at tough jobs to pay their tuition. Many are the first in their family to attend college, or even graduate from high school. Even with all of this against them, so many of my students are original thinkers who are excited to be invited to be part of the larger conversation, and to even set the agenda for that conversation.

    My husband coaches Special Olymics basketball, and just got a volunteer of the year award. He gets up every Saturday and Sunday for 4 month, and leaves the house by 6am ready to go out and spend his free time to bring joy to other people. I feel so lucky to know him. much less to be married to him
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    Oct 19 2011: Very difficult question because in life, we all are heroes. Everyone is a hero with a different strength and a weakness. We all continue to develop and some are just looked at depending on a person's likes or dislikes. So personally, I do not have one. However, the heroes I prefer...are those who have a voice, say their opinion (Even if it could be wrong but you never know it could be right) and not be influenced or scared by many others. Those are the really brave ones I respect and look up to and therefore, my heroes.
  • Oct 12 2011: My everyday hero is my sister-in-law. She put herself through college while being a single mom to two boys who have grown up to be amazing young men. She's now a middle school teacher. I admire her strength, humor, and resiliency and am proud to know her.
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    Oct 12 2011: This question really got me thinking and suddenly i realize that the true hero in my life who inspires me everyday is my mother. I never thought about this question before. Sometimes i even think that my mum can't follow my thoughts, but i totally forget about how hard she tried to bring me up and got me leading a life like other kids who grow up with two parents. Thank you Dave wholeheartedly! I really appreciate your inspiring question!
    • Oct 13 2011: from your words i read that you are a positive girl. You know what your mother have given to you and really appreciate what your mother's devoted to you. You are a good gay. Wish you happy everyday
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    Oct 12 2011: I hate to share my personal stuff online but this got me thinking and I realised that I need to share this... My everyday Hero is none but my DAD. He Was.. He Is And HE Would Always Remain My Best Friend Forever! Even though he’s not around now for almost 20 years – may God Rest His Soul in Peace. He inspires me every day to live life with compassion and purpose.

    There wasn't a time when I saw him getting angry... Agitated… He was always smiling, making space and time for people in his life and being humanly human to one and all. He always had a smile on his face and a look of compassion on his face. He always said that don’t try to Be Anything Except being a Human. HE IS EVERYDAY MY HERO....ALWAYS AND FOREVER REMEMBERING.

    And then life itself is my hero... as it keeps throwing new challenges at me and testing me.
  • Oct 11 2011: My husband is a rare breed. Friends call him MacGyver because he can figure out anything. He started making alpine snowboards for himself in order to be more competitive, even though everyone told him he couldn't do it. After winning everything, people started asking him to make boards for them, and a business was born. His philosophy is that he doesn't sell snowboards, he sells the snowboarding experience - he'll do everything he can to make you the perfect board for you. And I can't get him to charge more! He's just on a mission to spread snowboarding joy. Honestly, everyday he teaches me about perseverance and generosity. I wish everyone had a Bruce in their lives. It would be a much better world.
  • Oct 11 2011: My current hero is the school nurse, Barbara. She knows every one of the 500+ children in our school, no lie. She indulges their needs and makes them feel important and loved. She takes care to help the kids who have less than good lives, making them feel like she and they are part of a family. She saves them from themselves and refocuses their considerations and values, gives them food when they have aches because they haven't had breakfast or last night's dinner, and makes them feel important -- as they certainly are, but they may be the last to know. The future is safe with Barbara.
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    Oct 10 2011: "YOU ARE MY HERO BECAUSE...."

    Would you go up to your everyday hero and tell them that you consider them your hero, and share why?

    If you like, come back and do share with us what happened after...

    (Even if the person is yourself, you can tell it aloud to yourself in front of the mirror)
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    Oct 9 2011: for me... my dear Agrwal sir....he is mine every day hero......
    replenish my soul 2 achieve my career
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    Oct 6 2011: My children.....by asking their open questions remind me to keep looking at the world and people in amazement without any prejudice.
  • Oct 5 2011: My everyday heroes for today are all of the single parents who manage to keep their focus on the most important job of all: raising children, and somehow manage to support their family by juggling work and social schedules - often on limited budgets and a lack of sleep. They are amazing!
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    Oct 5 2011: My seven month old nephew because at such a young age he is already a true fighter and a constant reminder of the triviality of my problems.
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    Oct 5 2011: People lean on me a lot. Some have informed me that I am a strong person. Strong enough that people naturally try to lean on me.

    What they don't know is that I'm not so tough... Without my friends, I couldn't support my own weight... let alone everyone else's!
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      Oct 5 2011: Everyone needs their friends and family. As a matter of fact they're the ones make us stronger ;)
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    Oct 5 2011: Beatrice Achieng Nas, Ugandan citizen journalist with WORLD PULSE. She sent an email after her 7th brother died from HIV Aids with this title only "He died. An hour ago." Her stark truth-telling proceeds this month in USA speaking tour. She compelled her mom to stand for her family's land contrary to tribal custom taking it away from a 66 year old widow with no man then alive to work the land. Her mom prevailed and today the surviving 17 family members struggle to get by on that land. Their combined voiced changed their family's survival, the tribal custom, Beatrice's relationship with her mom, and touched my heart with her courageous soul.

    I met her last night for the first time in person after mentoring her online this past year. We held each other tight, crying with joy at our combined great fortunes, each embracing the other in happy endings. Or is this just the beginning of greatness being heard? http://www.kgw.com/video?id=131115398&sec=547617

    At Portland State University last night she had hundreds crying moved by her story and words of hard life learnings. She participated in her first Tweet up this morning and learned how to invite Americans to the 13 live events she will speak at in the US. Her learning curve and capacity is unbounded for good.
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      Oct 8 2011: Kat - This is a remarkable inspiration. Thank you for posting it.
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        Oct 14 2011: My pleasure. If you are in New York, at Bioneers, or in DC when they are speaking, I highly recommend hearing all 3 with World Pulse.
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    Nov 3 2011: Some of my everyday heroes are TED commenters. People who have thought through and lived ways to exist and make a difference inspire me. I am more hopeful for reading their words.
  • Nov 3 2011: Every person who has struggled with him/herself, gone through difficult times with family, friends or partners, at work or home or school, and who has emerged wiser, better, and more self-aware... Every such person is a hero.

    If this has happened to all of us, then we are all heroes.
  • Oct 31 2011: I think the following ted talk would be useful to you.
    It has an idea about "hero in waiting".
    http://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil.html
  • Oct 31 2011: My very young brother, who approaches life with grace and humility.
  • Oct 31 2011: Everyday I have a list of problems to deal with. Everday I see the same man walking up and down the hwy collecting cans and asking for change. It might sound bad. But this man is my hero. He shows me what life could be. How life is. And how lucky I am...
  • Oct 30 2011: I have had a few heroes over the years. One or two in every decade. Most I have lost touch with over the years--a sad consequence of an expat life--but that in no way diminishes the impact these people have had on my life or how I still admire them today. My heros came from different countries and different cultures but they shared the following traits: a questioning intellect, a love for humanity and a faith that we could do better. They were not always the most comfortable people to be around, because they almost always wanted something from you. Not things but action. And they weren't always the most convenient, either, because for them, it was all about the mission, the task, the job. However they brought something out in the team, in the individual that wasn't there before. So where they led, I followed.
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    Oct 29 2011: My heros are my kids. They both have experienced things in their young lives that they should not of had to and they have come through it with the grace that few adults would have.
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    Oct 27 2011: This may make many people cringe, but my everyday heroes are my dogs.

    My choice is so seemingly superficial that I won't eventry to defend it! I won't get into the "dogs aren't humans" conversation. This much I know: They love me unconditionally and with all their canine hearts.

    I am always put straight by the quote: "I want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am."
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      Nov 1 2011: Well Jim, you know what they say, 'If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion!'

      Jokes aside, I like your quote. Although the question referred to human heroes, I think you make a very valid point here.

      We all know about some touching and moving story about some dog who saved someone's life, or how they can aid people with disabilites or in somekind of therapy, but what I would like to point out is the loyalty they profess. This kind of loyalty is sometimes hard to find amongst human beings and when someone is feeling lonely or spiraling downward into the pit of despair, this kind of unconditional "love" display can have an incredible positive impact on someone's life.
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    Oct 25 2011: A former teacher - Fr. John Schmotzer. He was a Jesuit who taught at Fairfield University in the 80's. He had been imprisioned in China for a while and yet was the most comforting soul. I knew him for several years before I even knew about this part of his life.

    He cared deeply for his students, and his students friends. We had a dinner every year where we brought something from our heritage. I brought along a friend who was unemployed at the time. At the end of the evening, he made up a huge package for her of food to take home. Even 2 years later, he would ask how my friend was doing. I sometimes think he was happier she found a job than she was!

    Fr. Schmotzer had the biggest heart. I cried for days when he passed away. He was someone who always worried about his fellow man before himself. Something we all should do more of.
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    Oct 24 2011: The children who are sweet and kind, especially to each other, that love for fellow human beings is heroic in and of itself.
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    Oct 23 2011: For a very long time some of my schoolteachers were my everyday hero's. Nowadays as the poulation is decreasing in this part of the world everyday Moms are my everyday hero's. Credo to mine and all of them - they are simply the best!
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    Oct 23 2011: Anyone who 'rescues' me from emotional turmoil, demotivational thoughts and failures. Be it my friends, family or the great people on the Internet. Anyone who inspires me and challenges me to be a better person than I was an hour ago!

    But specifically, my mother - finding the strength to carry on so gracefully even after 3 major surgeries and other diseases and being my mentor. And my father - helping me think practically and making me ready to take life head-on.
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    Oct 23 2011: I have two perspectives on this question.
    the first one is one of my best friends whose influence I can see in my everyday life as she saved my life and I am grateful for that every single day.
    She rescued me when suicide thoughts became constant in my life, she coincidentally found the letter I wrote before I had a chance to finish it. Forcing me to share these thoughts and by that helping me to get through it (not being alone and understood), gave me the opportunity to keep going and eventually to survive on my own.
    She also forced me into therapy (for which I hated her at the beginning) and my telling me truths I did not want to admit about myself.
    The second one is variable, mostly a person who shares with me (even if it is a single cigarette) or makes me laugh, trusts me (as it shows me the apprechiation they give me) or just shows extraordinary mental strength or morals.
    I like the part that we share a single moment- maybe having nothing else in common than this certain second- obligied to each other and then tear apart again and continue our lives independent from each other.
    Or taking the opportunity to become friends and share more than this single moment.
    But in the end, it does not matter what happens in the future as this moment has happened and I am thankful for every single one of them.
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    Oct 22 2011: My every day hero is the gentleman who opened a thrift store down the street where profits go to adoption agencies around the world. I look around my room and think "Could anything i don't use be used better my them?" Just having the ability to donate so easy is so satisfying. I recommend a donation center on every block where you could merely walk to help out.
  • Oct 22 2011: Hello everyone. My everyday hero is my mother, she is my other half. She is there for me every time I need her, she helps me when I can't. My mother has the answer for everything that I can't.
  • Oct 19 2011: My hero is my sister, Jennifer. Jen battled breast cancer for over 11 years; she lived courage, hope, faith, and love! She was always smiling and kind. She pushed herself to be there for her two boys who were two and four when she was diagnosed. Even with all the hardship that resulted from having cancer; going through a divorce, losing her home, and finally being forced to retire, she remained strong in her faith that some how, some way she would beat cancer. Jen died on August 21, 2010, at the age of 45. Everyday I thank God for the time I had with her and that he blessed me with such a wonderful sister!
  • Oct 19 2011: l think my parents...they are unrequited love to us
    but rarely come to my mind
    We forgets..
  • Oct 18 2011: The last person who made me smile is always my hero. I am always happy inside and always happy to share and return a smile, a laugh. We are alive and in breath, silence, thought, we all contribute and create wihin our own and eachothers lives. We are all heros.
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    Oct 17 2011: I volunteer at a Wildlife Centre where we rehabilitate wild animals that got hurt.

    Six weeks ago we got a new patient: a mammy possum with 11 babies. A dog hurt her. The vet shaved a quarter of her body, sutured her wound and put her upper body in a wicked bandage. She was not able to move or eat but patiently let her babies crawl all over her and fed them all the time. A few weeks passed and she slowly got better. The babies grew up and went ahead to check out the world ☺. She stayed behind because she needs just a little more time to recover, but she has her winter coat on now and looks like a star to me ☺

    Today I saw this topic about who is your every day hero, and I could not stop thinking about this mommy possum and how graciously and lovingly she moved through a life challenge. Yes, she is my hero.
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    Oct 17 2011: For me who is a Thai, I would say 'His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand' because he has been a great king for my country and everything he did was helpful for all Thai people. He is like a teacher of all Thai who teaches the theory of the Self-Sufficient economy which provides the knowledge of staying happily in the capitalism world. More than 60 years in his throne, Thailand has been changed a lot. Every time I see him, I would say to myself that I have to work hard like he does not for myself but also for my beloved country, Thailand
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    Oct 17 2011: A seven year old boy who teaches me how to throw and catch a ball. Because he does it for hours with tireless patience and endless enthusiasm.
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    Oct 16 2011: An 8th grader that has been in a wheelchair all her life and still continues to stay in public schools and arrives everyday with a smile.
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    Oct 14 2011: Can it be an animal? If so, my dog, Goliath. I am not anti-people or anything it's just that my dog is amazing.
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    Oct 13 2011: to me my Hero is my mom, who helplesly giving her birth and sacrifice her life for the sake of me, and raise me till I am now writing to this topic.
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    Oct 13 2011: My grandmother.She is my source of inspiration.
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    Oct 13 2011: My everyday hero is not an individual but rather a group of people. Teachers are the backbone of our societies. Without their guidance, our children, and in the past, we ourselves, would not get the core information and thought skills we need to effectively question and explore ideas. Teachers should be paid like rock stars. They offer far more to the greater good than any celebrity every could and they do it because they want to make a difference in our daily lives.
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    Oct 13 2011: my roommate,because I can see them everyday from i went to bed to woke up.In fact, i think they are my heroism in my
    life, not only when i was sad but also can they share happiness with me .They can help me from the the pain for being lovelorn or the disappiontment of life .In each single day of our life, we hastily brush past strangers that mean nothing to us but utter passers-by, but as time advances, one or two from the unknown group might unconsciously become an unalienable part for us, like an intimate friend or a real confidant.I love my lovely roommates.
    • Oct 13 2011: At school, the people who apart with us spanding most of our time were our classmates. we play, study, sleep together. But out of them, we also have different friends in our life. If you meet the people who can cherish the same ideals and follow the same path, you all can also be good friends. When you can get on well with the men or women spand more time with them. If not, spand less time with them.
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        Oct 13 2011: so it's nomal in the unviersity.we do that just for protecting ourselves.
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    Oct 13 2011: My heroes everyday in my life are kids I teach in my classroom. No matter how vulnerable I feel about not knowing enough to pull their best potential out, they are still full of hopes, believing what I teach them as very valuable knowledge for them. Looking at their eyes trying to fill with newer elements of their lives makes me feel motivated to move forward, learn new things so that I can teach better, and believe that I am shaping their thoughts to make better decisions in their lives.
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    Oct 13 2011: I think my everyday hero will be my parents!
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    Oct 12 2011: My every day hero is a most amazing car mechanic in the world. He keeps his tools impeccably organized like a surgeon does surgical instruments. His honesty, his passion, knowledge and expertise of automobile engines is unparalleled. He is from Eritrea and says call me dim sum my friend.
  • Oct 12 2011: My parents are my heroes. They worked hard all their lives and sacrificed material things to see that my brother, sister, and I were clothed, fed, and got college educations. We didn't get everything we wanted, but we got everything we needed. Many times what we needed was a skill or a lesson, and our parents (and many others of their generation) were wise enough not to jump in and solve all our problems for us, but to give us the encouragement to figure things out for ourselves. You can't BUY your kids motivation, or ambition, or skills - you have to step back and let those seeds grow within your children. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for being my heroes and giving me a safe nest to grow up in - and thanks for pushing me out of the nest when it was time to fly!
  • Oct 12 2011: My everyday heroine is my wife. In the first place, she is trustworthy. She has stood by me in times of my difficulties. She loves me most. Even if she loses a temper, she never fails to cook me breakfast: In other words, she never makes me go hungry even when she is upset and my mindless speach annoys her. She acts like an elder sister to me. That is why I honor her all the time.
  • Oct 12 2011: Not really a Hero but an Ideal Buddy - He is not a single being but an imaginary light with combination of many.. :D Fantasy do Exist ;D
  • Oct 12 2011: I completely agree. In fact, I feel really fortunate. Pat is not the only older person I know with a tremendous sense of play, adventure and awe of life. I've know another too. She was a former student of mine and was also 75, at the time. Every summer, she would travel: South Africa, Sicily. She had a fantastic sense of humor and when it came to her friends and family she was a rock, a pillar of strength. She had also survived cancer as well. I feel really blessed to have met Pat and Josita. I also don't think its a co-incidence that both of these women are life long learners and retired teachers.
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    Oct 12 2011: My mother is the most empathic person I know.
    She held my family together trough very rough times. The details are too personal to post on a public site tho.
  • Oct 12 2011: My wife is my true hero. She is my best friend and in times of my deepest despair, her positivity and cheerful disposition has a calming and reassuring effect on me. Everyone old and young in the family and in the school where she teaches loves her.
  • Oct 12 2011: My everyday hero is Krstal Burns, teacher at Missoula Community School, a.k.a Special Agent K: founder and leader of the Superheroes of Kindness. SoK is a clandestine band of cape-clad three and four-year olds in Missoula, MT that take non-violent action to make their community a better place by spreading kindness throughout the town. Whether it's helping the food bank unload stuffs from the truck, taking flowers to residents of the nearby assisted-living center, or helping paint a fence for a person in need, the superheroes always know how to make their community a little brighter and a little more kind. Kristal challenges these youngsters to act and think with empathy. She instills in them the fact that their actions matter; if one can act kindly and peacefully, it is contagious and others will act kindly in turn. With enough Superheroes, the community can be such a nice place!
  • Oct 11 2011: My everyday Hero is my nephew, Rudy. He inspires me everyday to live life with compassion and purpose. There wasn't a time when I saw Rudy, that he was not making room in his heart and keeping a smile on his face for others :) He did this till the day he died, at the age of 19, in Afaghanistan. He was an Army Medic, caught in an ambush by a 3rd party security guard on base and gave his life to save another. HE IS EVERYDAY MY HERO....ALWAYS AND FOREVER REMEMBERING. LOVE - AUNT JEANNIE
  • Oct 11 2011: I generally don't post about personal stuff online, but this made me think about my heroes and how I forget to be thankful for them. First of all, life and God, for having blessed me with so many things that I tend to overlook. Then, my parents and sister. My mother works with lots of children and it is not an easy job by any means, especially with back conditions, and then she still takes care of us and keeps the whole house together. My father works a lot to give his daughters the youth he didn't have and he is a really generous person. And my sister is really smart and creative and a headstrong girl who fought to make her own personality stand. Oh, and my worderful grannies! Of course I know many people that have gone through a lot and are real inspirations for me, but my family are my real everyday heroes.
  • Oct 11 2011: My 19 year old son and his girlfriend are hero's, taking on parental duties looking after his beautiful girlfriends younger siblings after her father ran off to his home country with his new wife, just a few years after their Mother died. With my son in his first year Civil Engineering Degree and his girlfriend in her first year Mathmatics Degree, these two young folk have not only committed to caring for three younger children and keeping them all together but also are working and studying a full time load. Thier tenacity and committment to their studies and forging a future whislt taking on the responsilibities so large for ones so young is inspiring (although as a parent, creating much anxiety and worry for me!). Both of them are always positive in attitude, caring and loving, even when faced with what may seem like a burden in difficult times. For my son to make this kind of committment with a pure heart when he could be out living the 'Uni" student life as his friends are makes me so very proud of his character and him as a human being.
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    Oct 11 2011: My best friend is my hero. We don't agree, many times, even about fundamental beliefs, but we always know that we are on the same team. My friend is sincere, passionate, and willing to go out and do what they think should be done. I am inspired and highly motivated by this person because, even when I feel hopeless, I know that I can look to my best friend and see that there are countless things that are not only worth doing but within reach!
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    Oct 11 2011: My hero is my father. He lost his parents when he was two, was raised by his aunt in a very poor family but with hard work he was able to find his place in this world. He is my hero because he never ever stopped working hard, even after reaching his dreams. He's curious and he loves discovering new things; finally he's my hero because he loves life.
  • Oct 11 2011: Each day I work with a woman who had taught elementary school for almost three decades. She is lively, funny, and full of love. She has not let the public school system wear her down and demoralize her. She spends each day focusing on each individual that she works with and how she can help make his/her day better. She is truly a gift and she is one of my heroes.
  • Oct 11 2011: My younger brother, Jehad, now 17 years old, is my hero. He has always been so from the day he was born. He's been through a lot, both of us have, because of our parents' issues. But he's always taken everything positively no matter what, stood up for himself where I couldn't and does not give up easily on what he wants. On top of that, he understands and deals with problems so much more better than me. He has a strong willpower. And all these attributes of his inspire me, 'cause I may sort of be the complete opposite! His positive aura gives me strength to try and look at things positively too. He's my hero, always...
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    Oct 11 2011: My everyday heroes are the teachers in my community. My community is small and economically disadvantaged, many of the kids here come from hard circumstances or have no support at home. Recently I attended a Service Learning Workshop for educators. They were asked why they were attending, and most responded that they have many disadvantaged kids in their classrooms and they want to show the kids there is more to life than what they have experienced, that they can be scientists, engineers, community leaders. That there are many great careers out there and that they can achieve more than they ever believed they could. These teachers go above and beyond the classroom to find community partners and hand-on STEMS education programs that will inspire the kids to learn and to achieve. These teachers often do this using money out of their own pockets, extra time out of their day, and in overcrowded classrooms where they are asked to raise the kids as well as teach them. They inspire me!
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    Oct 11 2011: My hero, nowadays, is the one who am following their news on Twitter, or surfing their news, in any media...
    Last weekend it was Steve Jobs....

    There is no single hero for one time, it is who is occupying your mentality during the time. In both ways, either in positive side or in negative side; is my hero

    So when I follow my kids activities during the day from my wife, they are my heroes,
    When I follow my X-CEO news, he is my hero,
    When I follow certain nation NEWS (Egyptian, Syrian, Libyan,..), they are my heroes,....
  • Oct 11 2011: My uncle is my hero. He built a campground from scratch. He built his own home. He is raising a wonderful family. He converted an old bus into a motor-home which he drives down to Mexico every year. In Mexico he purchases houses and converts them into schools and churches. Then he turns them over to the people. Oh and did I mention... he is paralyzed from the waist down. He is truly an inspiration!
  • Oct 11 2011: My everyday hero is my friend Joel. He was badly injured in Iraq and lost his vision and suffered a number of other serious injuries. As someone who is losing my vision too, his spirit and determination have been an inspiration to me. I am thankful for people like Joel who are willing to sacrifice so much and serve our country.
  • Oct 11 2011: Aunt Darlene is my everyday hero. She is the most generous woman I know giving endlessly to her friends and family. She has always been there for me since I was a child and continues to this day. I aspire to be like her.
  • Oct 11 2011: My grand-mother... for her unconditional love, for making me realize how life is beautiful when you pay attention to the simplest things. For teaching me that happiness is inside all of us. I learn so much from her. And every moment I get to spend with her is so precious. Yes, my nonna is probably my everyday hero.
  • Oct 11 2011: My Youth pastor Lamar Hardwick @ New Community Church in LaGrange,GA who teaches the love of Christ and have made it a mission to help the students of our community see their dreams come true!!!
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    Oct 11 2011: Some of my professors. Their research, but as well how they encourage me to try to pursue an academic career are inspiring. Two of my former managers should also be on the list of my everyday heroes... one just because he knows so much and has quite a good intuition about the industry he works in, the other because she is mother of three kids and still managed to work on an admirable career track.
  • Oct 11 2011: That special friend of mine who is a continuous stream of inspiration for me..
    That special friend of mine who gives me a hand to overcome various challenges of life..
    That special friend of mine who makes complex situations simple...
    That special friend of mine who makes me feel proud about our friendship...!
  • Oct 11 2011: My children, and they know it. My daughter has such strength of character, such courage and is a truly good kid. I'm constantly amazed at how she looks at the world and the lessons she takes away from her daily experiences. I'm so proud of her. And my son looks at the world in such an upside-down way, it is a constant joy and reminder of perspective and fun and laughter to see things through his eyes. Lucky me, I get to be their mom :)
  • Oct 11 2011: My father and Mother
    As a family we have been through a lot , may be in some people's point of view not as serious as many but we still know we faced at least more than we could ever think we can tackle . I have so many heros but when I come to think of the true ones who I can think of when I'm troubled or feeling under the sky there is always dad The most ambitious man I have ever encountered , a truly hardworking engineer with a smart brain enough to impress a pretty good number of people , someone who loves learning languages passionately & would do whatever it takes to bring joy to the atmosphere .
    Having all these qualities the least you could expect is his extreme hopes on his last moments in life
  • Oct 11 2011: My father is my everyday hero. The man has never, ever let me down!
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    Oct 11 2011: Steve Jobs - for helping me function and learn even when he is not around - I was going to say - but now I see you are looking for a non public figure....hmmm
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    Oct 10 2011: My mom. She is my Everyday HERO and the everlasting girl friend for me. And friends around me also... they're always my supporters :-)
  • Oct 9 2011: my everday super hero is me because i ave to transform to alter ego mystique just to get thiong accomplished
  • Oct 9 2011: My grandparents and my boyfriend.

    My grandparents looked after me when I was a teen and I needed some help.I can always rely on them if I ever struggle (I hope they feel the same). They're so lovely, I was poorly a couple of days ago and I didn't want to give them the cold so they dropped off some dinner, choc cake... whiskey and ginger wine so I could make a whiskey mac for both me and my bf! I think they believe in a tipple to cure these things lol.

    My boyfriend is great in so many ways but he is truly inspirational and encouraging to me more than he realises!
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    Oct 9 2011: For me it is my god who is always with me & I never feel alone.
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    Oct 8 2011: My figure skating coaches are my everyday heroes. They drew athleticism, enthusiasm, and confidence out of an awkward, reserved, and rather shy person. They get up at terrible hours of the morning, they stay on the ice for hours at a time, they deal with tears and breakdowns and panic attacks to push other people into the limelight and towards their dreams.
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    Oct 8 2011: My hero, long dead but with me as if she were still present, is my Aunt Else. She was in every way open-minded and accepting of people and gave every day to service. For decades she was a social worker in San Francisco and a political activist and later was a volunteer and as generous as her modest income allowed her to be to causes in which she believed.
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    Oct 8 2011: My mother. On her own she raised 2 children through many difficult situations. I have never heard her speak a mean word about anyone. Everything I learned from her was because she set the perfect example. She is the most kind and loving person I have ever known.
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    Oct 8 2011: the next best hero is the hero of the hour- the one that adds to or enlightens the day, it could be a personal gesture, a comment or lesson, a person doing by example. we can even learn from another pain, once we give there is no end to giving more of yourself, and its terrific when you can also be open to receive on all levels. V
  • Oct 7 2011: My hero is my best friend Jess for bringing me back down to earth with a bang when I need it.
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    Oct 6 2011: My Dad. Taught only through example and passed on a love of and facility with language and music..
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    Oct 5 2011: My mom. :) For being all that she is and more ...
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    Oct 5 2011: my mom. I see the stuff she goes through daily with her husband, and work, and she still manages to have a smile on her face and be a provider. I think if it were me on the other hand, I'd have an issue with this, but seeing her she is easily the epitome of who I want to be when I get older.
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    Oct 5 2011: As it's about everyday hero, for me its evolving & changing everyday.
    Frequently my kids as the shakes up my knowledge with their beautiful curiosity...
    Someday my wife
    Someday one or the other friend
    Someday one or the other team member/ peer
    Someday even a stranger
    Someday I am also my hero ...

    Actually whenever in any day someone doing something good for humanity or coming up with unique idea shaking up status quo , great question to rethink our traditional belief or faith that day s/he is my Hero / Heroin
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    Nov 2 2011: Very nice question,

    Well, first of all I always say that no one wants to be a hero, it just turns out to be like that.

    Being a soldier in the IDF, I know what it's like to defend something you care about or protect your ideology.
    My hero is "Emanuel Moreno", an officer that served "Sayeret Matkal" (equals to Navy seals/Delta Force), being an amazing man like he was made me act like him and believe what he believed. Being a person / human bin comes before everything ! before orders / money / hate and etc ..

    Wlell , that's just me .

    Dennis :)
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    Oct 31 2011: I have two actually. Alan Turing and Albert Einstein. First one, because he was the actual hero(check his wikipedia), not like people who think themselves as heroes these days, and other people see as heroes. The other one, because of his quote that changed my life. "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."

    I would also add my mother, because of all the things she had to go through in her life and still is going through. I idolize her for her powerful will.
  • Oct 30 2011: My everyday hero is my girlfriend. She's my mood driver. She is quite noisy and active, but it's what complete myself.
    Other my everyday hero is book! Yes, it's peace of paper. This is my window to know something new and interesting, to spend free time in metro, to take some emotions etc.
  • Oct 30 2011: Actually, I am. It constantly amazes me that I manage to get through the various trials and tribulatons that life throws my way.
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    Oct 30 2011: My grandparents :)
  • Oct 27 2011: my everyday hero is, of course, my own GOD!

    I do strongly love him on a scale far beyond the imaginations!
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    Oct 26 2011: Here in Indonesia it is common to have couple of maids to help you out with several types of housework and a driver to deliver you to places and later pick you up again. By this, I am not saying that Indonesians are mostly idle to their own houseworks, but perhaps since there is significant level of unemployment here, we do actually help to reduce it and I believe that these helpers are my everyday heroes. I consider them as my close friends and heroes as they help me through diffult situations—not only when I need physical helps but also, emotional helps.

    Not to be forgotten, my parents. Without them, no money, no childhood, no me. :-)
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    Oct 23 2011: My everyday hero is my family and girlfriend. Throughout the text I would refer my family and girlfriend as just "family" as she is an inseparable part of my family. When I say family, I don't want to miss any one of them. There may be hundreds of international heroes who might have influenced millions of people through out the world, but my family has ever been so near, watchful, protective and supportive every single day.

    Why do I say this? Because my family has always been with me no matter what circumstances I may be going through. What ever I learnt, it first started from my family: Tying laces, table manners, behaving or almost anything I can think of. I still continue to learn from my family each day.

    When I was worried, they were there to help, and when I had some achievement, they were there to celebrate. The best part is that I can always talk things out, and believe me this is a huge help. They might not have given a way-out for my every problem, but a feeling of having someone and being able to talk to them about it has helped immensely. Now that I have a calm mind, I can solve rest of the problem myself or at least identify the one who can solve it.

    In your everyday life you get exposed to hundreds of other people around you and they influence your way of thinking and behaving in a good way or the other. But, my family has always been functioning so consistently to keep me on track disregarding all my mistakes.

    For all the undivided love, knowledge and support I regard my family as my each and everyday's hero.
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    Oct 23 2011: Me,cause,everything could be changed but michael forever.Yeah ,i'm michael
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    Oct 22 2011: Thank you Deb Smith!
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  • Oct 14 2011: Jesus. He walked this earth and if you believe in him as our God or just a great man, that's fine but even as a man, he was the greatest to ever walk the earth and had the biggest impact on it. You cannot deny that. He was a man. He did live and he did do great things. You may not believe in all he did but he did impact the world for the greatest good it has ever had when you follow His teachings.
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    Oct 13 2011: Myself ...... and many other inspirations....
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    Oct 13 2011: Thank you for your best wish. Although life is hard and full of harshness , but with a hopeful heart we can find those happy things happening in our everyday life.
  • Oct 12 2011: Great topic. We recently wrote an article on this exact subject. Please enjoy and comments would be apreciated. http://theviewfromhere.ca/2011/10/04/what-happened-to-all-the-heroes/
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    Oct 8 2011: I have too many every day heros to name just one:) Some I have known before, and some are perfect strangers that come through every day.
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    Oct 5 2011: I really appreciate people who work for NGO's, far from their home and family. Like people at http://www.msf.org/ who provide medical care regardless of race, religion all over the world; they are my heroes

    I wish I could become like them someday.
  • Oct 5 2011: My everyday hero is my friend for some reasons. Firstly, she is a person whom I see happy and joyful every time despite difficulties she is so optimist and can make me and others happier. Furthermore, I know that there are many people have disablities and my friend is one of them. Since her childhood she cannot walk, and this is one thing that really inspires me, whenever I am tired or say that I can not do any more I just remember her and her willingness helps me to get energy and never stop trying. So, there are also many reasons for my consideration my friend as my hero, here are just few ones.