— Edmund Hillary
This message is personal…
It’s a plea from me to you.
It’s about a choice and it’s about your life.
This choice doesn’t require you to quit your job, though it challenges you to rethink how and why you do your job.
Being Your Own Hero is about love and art, courage and action, and change and fear.
It’s about overcoming a multi-generational conspiracy designed to encourage conformity and discourage original thought.
It’s about initiating ideas and making a difference…and taking your destiny into your very capable hands.
Why is becoming your own hero so important…and what’s the urgency?
The system we have grown up with is a mess. It’s falling apart at the seams and far too many people are in pain and disillusioned because the things they thought would work won’t.
The world is changing rapidly, and the stakes are higher than ever. We’re facing full-fledged revolutions on multiple fronts…and there’s no end in sight.
Nothing is sacred…all rules are being rewritten. No country or currency…no industry or profession…and certainly no company or individual is safe…we’re all vulnerable, we’re all in the cross hairs…and no one has your back.
Hyper-competitiveness, relentless and ongoing challenges, disruptive technologies and mass consolidation is occurring at warp speed…and it’s only going to accelerate.
The opportunity of your lifetime has arrived…it’s time to Be Your Own Hero.
To Be Your Own Hero means being emotionally committed to a cause, problem or project which in turn enables you to go places others are afraid to go, to try things others are afraid to try…and to be the kind of courageous person others are afraid to be.
The world needs people and companies who care about the work they do, the people they serve, the results they produce, and the impact they are making.
The world needs strong, courageous, independent thinking people who want to use their creative ideas and unique talents to make a lasting difference.
The world needs leaders who can lead, leaders who set inspiring examples, leaders who demonstrate trust, and leaders who make things happen.
The world needs people with guts…people with passion and people who are willing to be shunned and rejected in the pursuit of their goals and dreams.
The world needs connectors, not detractors. We need people who can communicate an inspiring vision, people who can light a fire in the belly of their peers.
Most importantly…the world needs you…all of you…the brave you, the risk-taking you, the big thinking and highly capable you.
The world wants what you have to offer…and because of that, the world needs you to make a very important decision…it needs you to raise your hand and Be Your Own Hero.
Only you can do it, and you must do it. I’m hoping you choose to stand up…to put your unique talents to work…to create art that matters…and to choose to make a difference as the best possible future is one where you fully contribute your true self, your best self.
My goal is writing this message is to persuade you that there is an awesome opportunity waiting for you to pounce on it…a chance to significantly change your life and make your mark.
Not by doing things that are soft and easy, but by doing things that are hard, demanding and highly rewarding.
It starts by making a simple choice…Be Your Own Hero.
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