People have heroes in all sorts of places. People you look up to often include; Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Oprah, the guy I follow on Instagram, or that cool person from high school.
It can be anyone, but you always are looking up to them.
What makes them so different than everyone else? At the end of it, regarding DNA, you’re 99.9% similar to that person. You have many of the same attributes, physicality, mental acuity, and everything else.
“The youngest… could not conceal her disappointment, and… feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very ordinary men and women.” -Louisa May Alcott
What makes them different is their station. They have something you don’t, most likely some level of success that you wish you could achieve.
The big take away is the whole “wish” part. Everyone wishes they had more money, more friends, and more happiness. What are the actions they take to make this happen though?
If you had a magic wand, what would you change in your life?
Since no one has a magic wand, I think the better question is; what’s holding you back from achieving what they have? What’s your excuse?
The hero isn’t a person who just got things placed on their lap. Most often, they busted their ass for everything they’ve achieved. In one way or another, they built the catapult that launched them to where they’re at now.
Now, take a step back. Look at your hero as a human. What do they do differently? What drives them? Read about them, take everything in and try to understand them.
They’re only human.
As such, they’ve made mistakes in their life. Most likely, they’ve been dumped at some point. They missed a job opportunity. They probably even tripped running up the stairs recently.
Remove the mystique that you shroud this person in. If you idolize them, you put them on a pedestal. I hate to break it to you, but they haven’t ascended humanity and possess some incredible mind that is completely unfathomable. No one has broken the mold on being human yet.
They struggled, but remained driven and ambitious. They didn’t start with 100k followers nor were they born with an Oscar. Elon Musk didn’t know anything about designing space ships until he borrowed a friend’s books in 2001. Bill Gates made a proposal to Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems about a computer and coding system they hadn’t made yet, which eventually gave birth to Microsoft. All they had was their drive to push them along.
So instead of dreaming up this fantastical person who can do anything, humanize them. Learn from them. What can you do to be more like them?
Follow in their footsteps. They have achieved something, so can you.
You’re not that different. Be the hero in your own story, be everything that you want to be and more.
Look inward, reflect on what you can learn from your heroes. You never know what you’ll learn about yourself. You may just discover what drives you to heroic levels of dedication.