Wanted: More Day-to-Day Heroes

December 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm 4 comments

Wanted: More Day-to-Day Heroes

Is this the only kind of hero there is?

I’ve been thinking about what a hero is lately. On TV and movies, heroes are portrayed as sometimes superhuman, bigger than life, with special powers, wisdom, and abilities. Sometimes they are portrayed as rich, handsome or beautiful, and always highly intelligent. True, these kind of heroes inspire us for a few fleeting moments but then we realize that the majority of us aren’t these kind of heroes. We’re just everyday people. What can we do?

There has been many times in my life that a hero has touched me. No it wasn’t Superman, Batman or someone out of a current graphic novel. It wasn’t even a corporate leader or a politician. My heroes weren’t dressed in a fancy outfit, nor did they fly into my life on a silver surfboard. These heroes were dressed just like you and I. They didn’t jump buildings in a single bound or release me from the clutches of my arch-nemesis. The heroes I’m talking about were just ordinary people often times doing ordinary things just when I needed them during an extraordinary circumstance.

Let me sight an example. Back in 1987 my family and I were on our way home to Kansas City from San Antonio, Texas. In Waco my oil light came on and I pulled over. Like most people returning home from a vacation we didn’t have much money and at the time I didn’t have a credit card. So a series of heroes entered my life just when I needed them most. The first one was a tow truck driver. With three kids and a wife beside Interstate 35, I keep wondering while waiting on him how we were going to all fit into the cab for the trip to the dealership. Well, up pulls the nicest fellow in a tow truck with a back seat. At that moment he was my biggest hero.

Hero number two was the dealership in Waco. They bent over backwards to get us on the road again. They chased all over town to get the right part. They took my wife to a bank to get money wired from her Mother. They made my family comfortable while we waited for hours while the repairs were made. They became my hero.

Hero number three that day was my Mother-in-law who not only lent us money for the repairs but also rushed around and wired it to us from Missouri. I’ll never forget her heroism that day. By 5:00 pm we were on our way. Once I saw the lights of Wichita on the horizon I knew we would make it. I didn’t stop driving until we reached home early the next morning.

My challenge to both you and myself is this: be a hero today to someone. It can be as small as buying a cup of coffee for someone and just listening to him or her. It can be as large as volunteering your time to a charity. The important part is that you keep your eyes open for the opportunity to be a hero. America needs more heroes today. Not just fighting our wars but also in our day-to-day lives. We need heroes who will encourage others to do well, who will see to it that an elderly neighbor has heat and enough to eat, someone who will take it upon themselves to do the unexpected for someone needing a miracle.

Are you that person?

I’m looking for small business heroes. I want to find the kind that put their customers and their employees ahead of the bottom line. I want to be their hero. My contact info is:

<strong><span style=”color:#99cc00;”>Michael Irvin

Creative Project Manager

913.677.7060 cell: 913.530.7030

mirvin1129@yahoo.com</span></strong>

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Viephappy  |  December 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Lots of of guys talk about this subject but you said really true words!!

    Reply
  • 2. John K  |  December 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Recently for me, my hero has been a 19 year old Ethiopian who has helped me recharge my business.

    I too have had a story or two.. Mentors in IT who helped the new kid on the block.

    My first consulting gig after being dowsized in 1992 a small IT Consulting business owner brought me in to help with testing the Time and Attendance product they were producing.

    My uncle john who would say that he admired my quality of persistence.

    Good time not to forget those who have helped us along the way no matter what road we were on..

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Reply
  • 3. Liz Craig  |  December 21, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Michael,

    Good post, Michael.

    My mother always has said, “If you ever need a helping hand, there’s one at the end of your arm.” Unfortunately, maybe because she impressed that thought on me, I’ve generally found that to be a case. At least I learned to be my own hero, so I could help others in their times of need.

    But heroes get tired and worn. If you know a hero, offer him or her some help. Like the neighbors who helped me (though I hadn’t asked) cut down the 6′ maiden grass in the backyard and get rid of it. Or the neighbor who saw me cleaning out the gutters and offered to hold the ladder for me. Thanks to them. Good neighbors, and minor heroes.

    Best,
    Liz

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  • 4. Michael Irvin  |  December 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Liz,
    There’s nothing wrong with being self-sufficient. We all should be to a certain extent. However, there are times in our lives when we all need a hero as you so eloquently stated. When life gets overwhelming or a job to daunting that’s when we need a hero to step in. The trick is to be a hero to someone else in need as well. In that way we balance the Universe.

    Thanks for the great comment!

    Reply

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