Do you remember how amazing it felt when you were a kid to run around and pretend you were a superhero – Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Wolverine, Iron Fist, Professor X… (as a geek I could go on forever). It was fun to play dress up and pretend you had their super powers.
As you got older that person probably changed from a cartoon or Marvel hero into a musician, sports star or scientist. But the meaning was still the same, someone you admired for being super human. Unfortunately playing dress up became limited to Halloween and Comic Con. Other things also became more important like school work and boys/girls.
Chances are, you don’t have many, if any, of these people in your mind now. Knowing you, you’re probably too busy, too tired and can’t fathom anyone from the media legally being considered a positive role model.
Have you ever stopped to think why these characters from your past were actually your heroes?
“Heroes are created as a great way to escape from whatever you need to escape from, and they can supply for you whatever you need” according to psychologist Richard Lustberg, PhD.
Think back to how positive and fun it was to have a role model when you were a kid. You adored Heman because he was so strong, and you even felt stronger when pretending you were playing him. How you too wanted puffy rocker hair and the ability to smoke and play like Slash. He was so cool and talented. Much like how I adored Nikita (from Le Femme Nikita) because she had amazing strength in the face of adversity. Heroes… someone we wanted to mold ourselves after.
Real life adult heroes are just as important, if not more important. They can lead your through questions about life, business, lifestyle, purchases, strategy, history and creativity. There’s no excuse why you shouldn’t have a hero either. “Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die,” Tom Clancy. So how do you find a real life hero? Easy.
How to find a hero in 3 simple steps:
1) Google search a topic related your industry + a term like “hero”, “ceo” or “leader”
3) Learn about them and what made them a success
- Re-review your goals
- Are you missing attributes?
- Map out how you plan to get there
It’s soooo important to have someone you look up to, aspire to be, and to inspire you to be a better you. A lady named Ayn Rand is one of these people to me. Her bold statements help remind me that we each have a purpose beyond money, media, things and other people. Below is what I found while looking up more info about her.
Epic quote I can refer to: ”So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money? Ayn Rand.
IMO: Ayn Rand is one of the greatest minds ever to have lived. On my hunt to learn more about Ayn, I found one of her famous books posted online for free – Atlas Shrugged - this really amazing three part interview by Mike Wallas. It blew my mind as I learned about the important of selfishness.
Goal: Be more selfish with my own purpose in life. If God put me here to write, I need to take time to write very single day; over whatever else anyone thinks I’m good at or here for.
Here’s part 2 – http://youtu.be/pMTDaVpBPR0
Ps. Mike Wallace carded around 6 minute mark
Here’s a link to part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEruXzQZhNI