Memorial Day has come and gone and each year it makes me think about not only those who have sacrificed for us in war, but also those who sacrifice for us daily through their service to others. While it is important to honor those who have died to serve our country, and whom for doing so we recognize as hero’s, it is equally important to remember that heroism is a choice.
While we often think of a hero as someone who everyone notices like celebrities, or famous entrepreneurs, politicians or athletes, every single one of us can choose to be a hero every single day for someone in our life.
The mom who picks up the neighbors child from school because that mom cannot afford to leave work is a hero. The mom and pop hardware store that supports the local basketball team is a hero for investing into their community. The man who speak up at a town hall meeting and says the unspoken about how his community needs to work together to reduce crime is a hero. The manager who stands up to his boss and tell him he is wrong and that the worker his boss wanted to reprimand is actually a really great employee is a hero. Women like Farai Mpofu and Virginia Sibanda who decide to borrow money and teach others who need a job how to grow crops and open small businesses, these ladies are every day hero’s.
Heroism can be a part of every single one of us. Every single day we can choose to be a hero to our children, our parents, our spouses, our friends, our community and to ourselves.
And while its true that its not easy to stand up a little taller to work a little harder to go that extra mile, inside of us lives a hero hoping we will make that choice to be of service to others and give them a reason to be proud of being a part of our lives.
So, today, choose to be an every day hero. Do it for yourself and for someone who is hoping you can help them out but would never ask you to.
To your highest purpose and best startup self, friends.
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