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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 15 2012: Personally, i feel that we humans have a tendency of being lazy and trying to find the easier way out of the things.
    People fight out when circumstances come to strangle them. Its like this an empty stomach makes you search for work. While if we are full, we think of resting and sleeping.

    Generally we as teenagers always have lots of hopes and optimism towards life. We plan a lot about a very bright future. However, once we get a good job, start earning we get settled.
    This feeling about settlement, being in cyyontrol of our life make us lazy. We slowly and unknowingly build a frame around us which we hardly dare to cross. then we have a person who won't take new challenges, some calculated risk, some new venture. We remain self satisfied about our life. That is what kills or rather hibernates the hero in us. We need to constantly provide challenges to our hero so that he can show his heroism.

    As said, necessity is mother of invention.
    I would say adversity is the spark that ignites heroism.

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