My colleague and friend Matt Langdon wrote a blog post where he concludes, "Who doesn't want to be a hero? Seriously." And yet, I see people who choose not to be heroes. Given what awaits them if they choose to be heroes-in-training, I can only assume that an ordinary life has more to offer.
- Contentment. Everything is just fine the way it is.
- The Crowd. Nobody else is doing anything.
- Low expectations. If nobody expects anything from you, you don't have to do anything.
- Mediocrity. Heroism requires practice, preparation, and study. Why do any more than the next person?
- Permission. Nobody asked you to do anything.
- Self-preservation. If you don't look out for yourself, who will?
- Sit down. If you stand up, you'll stand out. You'd rather be a nameless face in the crowd.
- Status quo. Change is scary. You don't need adventure, excitement, or new experiences.
- Waves. Making waves rocks the boat. You don’t want to make others uncomfortable, do you?
- Why you? You're no better than anybody else.
So, for those of you who are content with mediocrity, who have low expectations for yourself, or who are otherwise afraid to be anything more than ordinary, I hope I have given voice to your cause.
As for everybody else,... those of you who realize that failures are merely speed bumps on the super highway to success, who yearn for adventure and meaningful experiences, and who understand that there is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone ... I would be happy and honored to be a part of your heroic journey. You can find me @BuildingHeroes