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Morry Patoka

Chief Accelerator, CTC Consulting

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We can all be heros! We share many of the same insecurities and fears, so why do some people take action while others continue to look away?

Heros aren't born, they're just like any of us. Fearful. Worried. Distracted. Reluctant. Everyday people who find themselves in extraordinary situations. The difference happens when we do something about it. Sometimes it's instinctive, like protecting a friend from being bullied or put down. Other times it gets to a point that we just can't look the other way any longer.

When we watch movies, why are we drawn to the reluctant hero? The one who has to overcome his own fears and issues and doubts before standing up to face adversity. It's because that hero is a reflection of us. We can be that hero, too. There are thousands of opportunities around us all the time. We just have to open our eyes and our hearts to see that we're needed and believe that we can make a difference. It's as simple as taking that first step. Once you start, you can't help but do more.

I'd appreciate hearing your perspectives, and stories of everyday heros who stepped out of their everyday lives to make a difference.

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    Dec 30 2011: to be fair, the attitude that we can all be hero's is a positive one. though realistically not everyone has the time to dedicate themselves to a cause AND feed themselves. some choose to be activists others artists etc. also one cannot truly be a hero without contrast to others. though i suppose those who follow leaders are as much a part of that leaders power as the leader themselves. overall i would say the claims and aspirations of your topic of conversation are exorbitantly broad.

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