What makes someone a hero?

I mean really… what is it that changes our perspective about someone in such a way as to place them above our normal perception of who we are as human beings? 

I think the point here is that we, as a society, are not good at acknowledging the hero within ourselves.

When we think of heroes we think of Iron Man, Cat Woman, Superman, Batman, Thor, and a host of others, we idolize them as being something, having something, or offering something we cannot offer.

Of being something we can’t be.

But is that really true? What if we drill down on that? What is it about these heroes that we admire?

They protect. The defend. They save lives. They’re strong. They’re honest. They’re committed to doing what’s right. 

So built up, so lofty are these heroes that when we watch them on the big screen or read about them, we wish we could be like them…

But let me ask you something. 

How many lives have any of these heroes actually saved? You know, in real life?   How many homes have they built? How many services rendered? And on and on. 

The answer:

Zero.

Nope. That’s all stuff we “everyday” people do. We are the ones who answer all these questions every day, and all of the other questions that life throws at us. And guess what? You are one of those people. 

You’ve got it backwards.

You are the hero/heroine of your life. It’s you that can make a difference in your life.

YOU are the one who can change it all, who can take action, who can make new decisions, who can get new results.

You’re the one who can be the hero of your own story. 

Age doesn’t matter. It’s never too late to start, with anything, EVER.

It doesn’t matter what, when, or how. Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you’re right.” Those words are definitely true. 

The average life span being 85 means that if you’re 60 years old, you still have 25 years to make something happen, learn something, try something, do something. Learn the instrument, get the degree, learn the trade, become an artist, etc. 

I hate it when people say:

“I wish I could, but I’m too old.” 

“I wish I could, but I didn’t get my degree in that field.”

“I wish I could, but I’m 45 and have a family.”

Here’s one, just as an example:

“I wish I could start my own business, but I’m 45 and my degree is in finance, and if I do what I want to do (which is not finance), that would make my 4 years of school worthless.”

Really???

So, you’re 45…. barely past the halfway mark on average… and you’re telling me that you’re going to waste the next 40 years of your life doing something that you don’t want to do (that you don’t enjoy, you’re not passionate about, etc.) because you got a degree in a different field 20 years ago that took you 4 years to get!!??

Are you kidding me?

You get one life. The past means nothing.

You are not the same person as you were all those years ago. I mean you are actually, on a cellular level, completely different. All of the cells that made up who you were then have all died and been replaced by new cells.

You are literally a different person now.

It doesn’t matter if you were good, bad, addicted to drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t even matter what your current state of affairs is now.

You have the power to change your life. No one else can change it, but YOU can. 

So, since it’s never too late to start, and you’re not the same person you used to be, then please do yourself a favor and when you wake up tomorrow morning, decide to be the hero of your story. 

Pretend your life is a movie and you’re the star. Your past is a build-up leading to the decision you make now. When the character is at rock bottom, there is a moment where a decision is made that things will never be the same again. For you, this is when you have the realization. You flip the switch and decide to make your life great.

In the movie, the audience sees how much the character has been through, and they’re cheering on the hero during that moment at rock bottom. They believe in the hero. Let this movie of your life play out with a new decision, right now.

As you are reading this, you are flipping the switch, and making the decision to be great.

Right now is the point where the movie turns around and you will not accept mediocrity anymore. You’re not satisfied with just getting by, with living paycheck to paycheck, with being addicted, etc. Make your life the type of movie where the crowd is rooting for you, cheering you on, and you make your life into something amazing. 

Just like Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, sleeping in a subway bathroom just trying to keep his son safe and alive.

He had nothing.

Think about it. If you’re not having to sleep in a subway bathroom, then you have an even better opportunity to change than he did.

Be the hero of your own story. Make the decision right now that the past means nothing, the present is all that matters, and looking into your future you’re going to make a change and move towards the life you really want. 

Be the hero of your own story.

-Rob