We all have heroes and heroines. We all have people who have shaped our lives and for me, one of my special heroes was my Dad as many of you know. Indeed many of the personal stories in The Engaging Times newsletter related to lessons from Dad.
Heroes can help us, heroes can shape us however only if we learn to take what we learn and apply to our own lives. Do it our way, spread our personality all over the lessons, the teachings...
I can't be Dad however I can take what I learned and apply it in my way to my life. If you take the four people above that many people have as their heroes
From Mother Theresa I have taken the importance of empathy. I am not the right person to live Mother Theresa's life but what I can do is have empathy as a core value in all that I do...
From Winston Churchill I have taken the importance of words. To engage people, to move people to endure for a greater good the words must be authentic and appeal to both heart and mind.
From Steve Jobs I have taken the importance of combining aesthetics with a desire for absolute excellence from a user experience. It is the little things that have the big difference.
From Nelson Mandela I have taken the importance of bringing people together rather than holding on to past grievances - the future holds the key, the past is a barrier for progress.
But most importantly I took from my Dad - never lose the child inside. Adulthood brings maturity but you need to hold on that curiousity, that desire to know more, that creativity. Dad always said
"The world doesn't need more heroes, the world needs more people who understand how it is to be more human"