On July 1-2, 2010, I had the honor of giving two presentations at the National Convention of my fraternity, Theta Chi. Those presentations, "Beyond Hazing" and "Building Heroes," and the response I received from those presentations, inspired me to begin a three-and-a-half years (and counting) journey to help others discover profound purpose in their lives, to find personal meaning through their commitment to values-driven organizations, and to rise to the challenges facing our organizations, our communities, our world, and of course, our own lives. In the three years since launching the Building Heroes blog, I have been fortunate to have more than 46,500 people read at least one of my 200 posts, a far cry from the 44 visitors I had after my first month. However, with growth comes change.
“The snake which cannot shed its skin must perish.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
On November 1, 2013, I relaunched BuildingHeroes.Org as ThePowerButton.Org. Building Heroes always will be a part of the Power Button, as evidenced by its prominent placement on the site, and it is my hope that the Power Button's message will reach some of those who would not otherwise connect with the language of "heroism".
So, in the spirit of looking back before moving forward into the New Year, here are the top five most read posts from the Building Heroes and the Power Button blogs from 2013, as well as a personal favorite to propel you forward into the New Year.
Finally, as the calendar turns from December 31, 2013 to January 1, 2014, I offer you my favorite post from this last year, which also is a good reminder for all of us that each and every one of us has the potential and the power to change the world.
My favorite post of 2013: You Cannot Live an Extraordinary Life by Making Ordinary Choices