To The Next Level
Tonight, I was inspired to write you a more personal blog than normal. I’ve been thinking a lot about this website, my goals, ambitions, and dreams. I’ve been thinking how I can make this site more valuable, inspiring, and authentic. So basically, I’m just going to share some of those thoughts and ideas with you.
In conversation with my friend last week, I was asked, “Who are your heroes?” In other words, who are the people you look to as leaders of exemplary lives. I must embarrassingly admit now, that at the time, few if any names came to my mind. So I told her, “I’d think about it.” And have been thinking about it ever since.
The other day, as I sipped my coffee, I wrote down every hero I could think of. A lot of them are already listed on my inspiration page, but I tried to go even further than that list to really make sure I’d have a diverse group of examples. Then, I used one of Warren Buffett’s techniques, which is to write out the reasons why I like these people. In doing so, you realize most of the admirable qualities are things like kindness, generosity, etc. and traits that anyone can have. So here's my list.
Smart, Disciplined, Purposeful, Kind, Generous, Healing, Motivated, Strong, Confident, Creative, Wise, Enterprising, Driven, Persistent, and Hardworking. Apparently, these are the characteristics in my heroes I find admirable, and traits I will strive to live up to. Anybody can be a hero, even if they don’t wear a cape and fight crime. I generally think we’re all so hard on ourselves, that sometimes we forget about qualities like these.
Using Your Power
Every hero has a power. Discovering that power can require a heroic effort in itself, but I genuinely believe we all have different gifts and ways we communicate our powers to the world. In my life, I’m often told by others that talking to me is helpful and that I have a very kind personality.
If you know me well, feel free to agree or disagree in the comments. I’m not attempting to flatter myself here, but I want to draw attention to this idea of using what you’ve got. Some people are brave, selfless, and strong. Some people are so brilliant, they write the textbooks everyone else learns from. We all have our powers, and it’s how you choose to use your power that makes you heroic.
As I read through the list of characteristics of my heroes, I almost feel what Joseph Campbell labels as, “The hero’s call to adventure”. In using tools like listening, kindness, and thoughtfulness, I can make a real impact on people's lives. This blog is by far the best platform I could ask for, as I can reach billions of people, pretty much for free. Essentially, this post is to acknowledge that although I have my flaws and weaknesses, I’m beginning to attune more to my strengths.
I’m working on myself relentlessly, not for me. For you. It’s the value and joy, and connection with other real people, that motivates me to write. It’s readers like you, who’ve found this post one way or another, and have decided to take a moment out of your day to read, and hopefully find something uplifting for yourself. So, thank you for that. And, please stay tuned, as this is my vow to take this blog to the next level.