Mohammed Ayub saw a need – children too poor to attend school in a country with the highest illiteracy rate in the world. And he met their need. Sacrificing his own funds and time he could be doing paid work, he created a school in the park. Change is embodied in the efforts of people doing whatever they can that steer the ship in a new direction. He helps people survive better and his students become teachers. Hero Minded actions are infectious.
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” –Bill Nye
I love this tender video. No one is too old or young to have a positive impact upon one another, just by asking questions and listening.
When I was in grade school, my teacher gave us a fantastic assignment. Find someone from each decade (going back to the 1890s) and ask them about their youth and life. If we didn’t have someone in our own family to talk to, we were supposed to go to retirement homes and community groups until we found someone from every decade. My family lives a long time, so I had people to talk to. Continue reading There is always something to learn The amazing impact of telling and listening to stories
Who’s that person in your life that inspired you to think of others before (or at least in addition to) yourself? Did they lead by example? Who looked out for you in a surprising way?
I’ve always been able to rely on family. We’re not perfect, but we’re pretty darn great. I know not everyone gets to have that security – and it can be incredibly painful when family lets you down. Because that’s about the least amount of social evolution you can have – so it’s a travesty to neglect looking out for one’s children, siblings, parents. Continue reading Everyone Knows a Hero I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours
There is a long list of Super Powers that Hero Minded people can develop from obstacles and use to build a better world. This is the list, so far (and I’ll keep adding to it).
Super Powers aren’t things that are impossible for humans to do. I call them Super Powers because you can do so much with them. Continue reading Grow and Use Your Super Powers The Tools Hero Minded People Use to Create a Better World
Obstacles can do two things in our lives. They can beat us down and make us into a resentful, selfish villain – always complaining about what we didn’t get, grabbing for whatever we can take from the world. Or challenges can make us Hero Minded – as we leap over them and build our strengths and empathy.
Veronika’s school project changed her life. She was challenged to make something that actually met a real need. A coat wasn’t enough, so Veronica Scott created a coat that could also be a sleeping bag. Very useful and innovative. Continue reading A School Project Turns Into a Calling Do the Homeless Need These Coats?
This morning I’m moved by two human stories, revolving around deadly diagnoses, reminding us that small things can make a big difference. Continue reading Small Things, Big Difference Little shifts in our thinking and actions can make a huge impact
Before you are ready to do big things, you must say yes to the small things. Practicing a shift in mindset gets us ready when things get epic. More on that in a bit.
It’s so much better than x-ray vision.
Hero minded people see the bigger picture – beyond their own sphere of knowledge, geography, influence and even lifetime. They maintain awareness of those on the other side of the world and the far reaches of time. They don’t just see “what’s in it for me?” — they see what’s at stake for others. Continue reading How Hero Minded Vision Fuels Action See beyond yourself and your lifetime