Legendary Heroes

What's your mission? What leaders can learn from NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto

What's your mission? What leaders can learn from NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto

On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons mission will reach its much-anticipated destination: Pluto. Since the spacecraft left our planet on January 19, 2006, it has traveled more than 3 billion miles.

As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto, I invite you to ask yourself, "What's my mission?"

How to be brave | Psychology Today

In 1942, four unsteady piano players responded to an ad placed by Bernard Gabriel, a concert pianist, publicizing a series of meetings to be held at his Manhattan apartment. Fear-racked musicians were invited "to play, to criticize, and be criticized, all to conquer the old bogey of stage fright." Gabriel had no formal qualifications other than a confidence beyond his 30 years. Gabriel was, it was said, "non-timid" and he deployed rudimentary exposure therapy—insulting musicians and distracting them with loud noises—to inoculate them against performance anxiety. Soon Gabriels "Society of Timid Souls" numbered more than 20, and copycat societies followed.

The world is not populated only by square-jawed heroes and sniveling cowards, as the Society of Timid Souls well understood. The vast majority of us find ourselves somewhere in the middle, wishing to be brave and yet easily frightened by what is frightening. Either that or we are capable of facing real danger one day, and the next being scared out of our wits by something comparatively trivial.

For stage performers and those with chronic illnesses, testing points may come virtually every day. For those who confront violence or natural disaster, the test may come once in a lifetime. Whatever the circumstance, when someone who appears small and ordinary is brave, it gives us all hope. Its this transformation, however momentary, from timid to brave soul that sits at the heart of how we measure ourselves as humans.

via How to Be Brave | Psychology Today.

Malala Yousafzai, What Gave You the Courage to Continue This? | The Daily Show

I Am Malala

On October 8, 2013, Malala Yousafzai appeared on the Daily Show. Although the entire interview is definitely worth watching, I would encourage you to give particular attention to the question and answer at 3:00, where she answers a question about the source of her courage. [Jon Stewart]: ... What gave you the courage to continue this?

[Malala Yousafzai]: You know, my father was great encouragement for me because he spoke out for women's rights. He spoke out for girls' education. At that time, I said that why should I wait for someone else? Why should I be looking to the government and the army that they would help us? Why don't I raise my voice? Why don't we speak up for our rights?... I raised my voice on every platform that I could, and I said 'I need to tell the world'"...



Heroes are all around us | Philly.com


This is the continuing chain of heroism that forms a civic spine for a country of challengers and dreamers. Its no wonder we give birth to men who write things like: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights" or "We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice" or "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." We. We. We. As John Donne wrote, no man is an island, and even though America is based in part upon a passion for individual freedom and liberty, we also recognize that we are only as strong as our weakest link. And that is the essence of our heroism, or at least the heroism of those citizens who greet the day and the week and the following years with dedication to their brothers and sisters.

via Heroes are all around us | Philly.com.

5 Life Lessons Learned from Indiana Jones | Nerd Fitness


I love Dr. Indiana Jones. And come on, what kind of nerd doesn’t dream of traveling the globe, going on epic adventures, discovering hidden treasures, and living a life of mystery and excitement?  Sure, Dr. Jones might be fictional, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some serious life lessons we can draw from this absolutely spectacular trilogy.

Yeah, you heard me, trilogy.  Try to tell me there’s a 4th movie and I’ll punch you in the throat.  IT NEVER HAPPENED.


Where was I?  Oh right, Indiana Jones and the Epic Life.

Here’s how to find your own Holy Grail.

Believe the Unbelievable

What if the Ark of the Covenant, a container that held the remains of the ten commandments, actually existed?

What if the Holy Grail, the chalice of Jesus Christ, could actually grant eternal life?

Throughout these adventures, Indiana spent his time chasing down artifacts that nobody else believed existed – he was questioned at every turn by people telling him to grow up and get realistic – after all, these were merely folk tales and legends.

These naysayers went out of their way to tell Dr. Jones that he’s was chasing impossibility; what he wanted could not be accomplished.

Luckily, Indiana told these chumps to go to Hell and continued his search.  He believed in his heart that the stories were real.  Sure enough, they were.

Take that haters!

What we can learn: What do you want in your life right now that seems impossible?  Maybe you want to get out of debt, run a marathon, qualify for the Olympics, land a 900 on a skateboard, or climb Mt. Everest.  You probably have this ridiculous dream in your head that doesn’t actually seem real – it’s far easier to dream than to believe it’s possible.  After all, dreaming is free…believing will eventually require action, which scares the crap out of people.

via 5 Life Lessons Learned from Indiana Jones | Nerd Fitness.