Practice of Sacrifice (5th Heroic Art)

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?"

The Heroism Of West African Ebola Workers | WGBH News

An Ebola virus quarantine in Eastern Sierra Leone. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn said community leaders have been doing the bulk of work to combat the virus, while world leaders stand by. Credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/ / Flickr

An Ebola virus quarantine in Eastern Sierra Leone. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn said community leaders have been doing the bulk of work to combat the virus, while world leaders stand by. Credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/ / Flickr

The Ebola outbreak is a crisis that exists on a level above political and geographical boundaries. The rapid spread has forced organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) to wrangle with politicians and governing bodies. The process has been slow and fraught. "Someone has to stop this. It's not going to be the WHO. It's not going to be the government of these nations. ... They basically shook their heads, and sat on their fingers for months before they did anything, as has most of the West."

By necessity, other actors have stepped in to fill the void, and they've done so at great risk to their lives and livelihood. But what type of person puts herself in the middle of a humanitarian crisis?"

It's less about characteristics, and more about the inner power and spirit that lies within us, often dormant — and then something ... calls it forth," Koehn said. "I think what we see here — and those people who put themselves on the [Boston Marathon] finish line, those emergency workers who just pour into danger zones — is the spirit that gets unlocked, and is incredibly powerful, that makes an enormous difference ..., much more difference than any of these huge, big leaders that we put up on pedestals."

via The Heroism Of West African Ebola Workers | WGBH News.

The Building Heroes & the Power Button Top Five (& One Favorite) of 2013

The Building Heroes & the Power Button Top Five (& One Favorite) of 2013

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.

You Cannot Live an Extraordinary Life by Making Ordinary Choices

You Cannot Live an Extraordinary Life by Making Ordinary Choices

Ordinary is by the book. Ordinary is going with the flow.

Ordinary is waiting for the right time to do something, to speak up, to stand out.

Ordinary is a choice.

Or, you can choose to be extraordinary, to be heroic.

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'"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjGL6YY6oMs

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