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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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    Jan 2 2012: Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts. Fantastic perspectives and comments.

    The idea, or more accurately, the “ideal” of being a full time hero is not entirely realistic. Hey, even Superman had a day job. While we hear about people who have dedicated their lives to doing heroic work, I believe that most heroes are made in increments. Sometimes, many small actions over a lifetime can add up to superhero status. Isn’t that part of the reason we see our parents as heroes, time and time again coming to our rescue?

    Maybe we make the concept of hero too lofty an ideal. For most of us it’s rarely a big Hollywood moment backed by explosions and a dramatic music score. It’s more about seeing something that needs to be made right, and having the courage to do something about it. Not once in our lives, but throughout our lives.
    • Jan 4 2012: As is often the case, signifcance comes more often from small acts than from larger, dramatic situations where there's a clear cut choice between doing good and doing evil. Perhaps part of the challenge of rising to the occasion is pushing through the foggy gray area and finding clarity.

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