Awaken Your Inner Hero (1 of 2)

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As a society, we always seem to be searching for a hero.
We need someone to look up to.
We seek others to inspire, guide and lead us.

In my interview with Simon Sinek, he says,
“As social animals, we need and seek leadership. We cannot live without leaders. We are naturally hierarchical. We’re always looking to someone like a child looks to a parent for protection. We look for them for guidance and direction, to point a way, to give us something to belong to.”

From our seats as spectators, we admire our leaders’ and heroes’ great confidence, strength and fortitude of character to do the right thing when huge challenges arise.

But what if your hero wasn’t out there?
What if your hero was inside you?
What if the hero you’re looking for is the person you can be if you live up to your heroic potential?

What if the hero you’re looking for is the person
you can be if you live up to your heroic potential?

That is what we are going to focus on in this two-part series.
I want to prod, poke and awaken the slumbering hero that lies dormant inside you. 

During his Best Actor Academy Award acceptance speech for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey described his hero this way:

“When I was 15 years old, I had an important person in my life come to me and say, ‘Who is your hero?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know. I gotta think about that. Give me a couple weeks.’ I come back two weeks later, and this person comes up, ‘Who’s your hero?’ I said, ‘I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.’ So I turn 25, 10 years later, and that same person comes to me and says, ‘So, are you a hero?’ And I say, ‘Not even close. No, no, no. My hero is me at 35.’ ”

McConaughey next offered further explanation of how his hero is his future self:
“You see every day, every week, every year of my life my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero; I’ll never attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing. So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say, ‘Amen.’ ”

You are capable of great heroism.
Every awe-inspiring quality you’ve admired from a distance is within you.
Your admiration was recognition.

Your greater inner self sees itself reflected in the attributes you admire in others.
The greatest leader and hero you could ever come to know is the one you are capable of becoming.

And it’s in you, right now.
We just need to wake it up.

So let’s stop chasing and bring you closer to the finish line.
Together we will awaken, strengthen and release the hero within you.

Next week I will be sharing my action plan on how to awaken your inner hero.
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Share with us in the comments below who is a hero figure in your life and why. Look forward to reading your shares!



13 responses to “Awaken Your Inner Hero (1 of 2)”

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  3. Many thanks for continually sharing your wisdom with us and for nudging your followers towards better performance and greater confidence in our God given abilities. We only have to dig a bit deeper and much of the answers lies within. you are one of my many heroes, I never miss a chance to read anything published by you.

  4. “I truly enjoyed this post Darren.” I listen to and sing the song “Hero” a lot. It’s truly amazing that you would write this post about me being my own hero. I thank you so much for being such a great soul. Waiting on Part 2. Enjoy your day Sir.

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  6. Someone once asked, “Who are the Top 5 people you hang out with the most on a daily basis?” I forget the entire conversation but I can apply it to your post, Darren. Think about what they bring out in you. Are they nurturing your “inner hero” or are they keeping it dormant? Adjust accordingly:)

  7. Darren thank you for this wonderful post. You have impeccable timing sir!

    One must shed the overcoat, drop the mask and step forward into the unknown in order to experience life the way it should be. The smells, sounds and sights are so much more vivid and enjoyable when this happens. People like you, Eckhart Tolle and many others are teachers of this.

    Allowing those that are near to be ready to fully understand that it is ok to step off the carousel and walk the direction you were intended to.

    Thank You.

  8. Share with us in the comments below who is a hero figure in your life and why:

    My hero is my beautiful, creative, and talented wife, Deb, When I met her during a high school party during the summer of 1975, she woke me up to my potential and awakened the hero from within. Since then we’ve celebrated 37 years of marriage, our start up family construction company employs 250 talented people and we’ve completed $1 billion in business over the 31 years. Both of our children, now 36 and 32 are our best friends and work with us in our family business.

    I must say that Deb and I have experienced horrific challenges along with successes in both of our lives but we keep getting back up and get stronger each day. We feel the best is yet to come…

    Great post Darren…


  9. Growing up my parents would ask me who I look up to. As a child I would say a sports star. They pressed me further, asking me why that person. I would respond because they were great in their sport, talented beyond most people. They would press further, asking why I thought talent, something natural for some, makes a person great, aren’t there other qualities to admire? After some thought I came to believe a hero is someone who overcomes obstacles and perseveres against great odds to achieve their goals. Those are people who don’t stop, even when one goal is achieved, they have another goal to go after. Then my parents told me to be that person who doesn’t give up and overcomes obstacles.

  10. My Hero and leader is God the almighty who has created me to be a great leader by following his ways.

  11. Thanks for beginning this thought process.
    As I mentioned in the Facebook comment I was so blessed to have parents and Grammar school teachers who embedded this concept deep in my mind 60 years ago.
    But I have also followed and LISTENED to other I considered Leaders in areas of INTEREST to me.

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