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Heroism

Heroism

A man can’t be anyone’s hero until he becomes his own hero first.

To become his own hero a man must be willing to plumb the depths and explore the aspects of his life that are most dear to him, his relationships with his wife, friends, children, and even coworkers.

When he’s accomplished this task, he is his own hero, and everyone else’s too. 

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In mythological fables, a man had to slay a dragon or a giant before he could marry the princess.

Today, instead of slaying a dragon, he has to slay his flawed notion of manhood. He has to prove his inner-hero courage by becoming a fully empowered, authentic, emotionally open and honest man, first with himself, and ultimately with everyone.

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To reveal your hero status, ask yourself:
  • Do I honor and respect my men friends, and keep their confidences?
  • Do I live in a manner that reflects my highest ideals?
  • Do I have the courage to be emotionally honest with women?
  • Do I love my children unconditionally and selflessly?
  • Do I respect and support my children’s choices?
  • Do I treat my employees or coworkers with a level of respect I want?
  • Do I volunteer in my community or reach out to help others?
  • Do I live in integrity with myself?

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Men need to learn to be emotionally honest in relationships. When a man musters the courage to share his deepest truth, he creates a platform for his inner hero to develop.

A man who is his own hero doesn’t surrender to fear, and never allows fear to dictate his behavior. He stands up to his fear because he knows how to move beyond it. 

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A man who brags about his wealth or power misses being his own hero by a mile because inflating his own ego is the least manly or heroic act.

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When we have to comment on modern heroes, many talk about famous actors, TV personalities or athletes. When the question is changed to mention their own heroes, answers change to a parent or grandparent or an old friend or colleague.

It's as if we accept an empty, artificial model of heroism, but deep down our heroes are the people dear to us.

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The Hero

The concept of a hero is spellbinding, and this archetype has been in the human psyche since time immemorial, whether through verbal stories, or the earliest written epics.

The lifecycle of a hero is to overcome several obstacles to survive or to achieve specific goals. Heroes and superheroes are celebrated in all kinds of media. The most popular stories of epic adventures have the hero, who often fails, coming back spiritually richer in the end.

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Artificial divisions

We make artificial divisions everywhere.

Being human means there’s a wall-builder in each of us. Our minds naturally divide the world into me and not-me, us and them. 

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