I wanted to share with you a couple of things that I found that motivated me a little bit more this morning. Who are your heros??
(Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay)
Sir Edmund Hillary is famous being the first to climb Mt. Everest.
What many do not know is that Sir Hillary did not make it to the top of Everest the first time he tried. The first time was a complete failure. They encountered one problem after another and more than half his climbing party died.
Nonetheless, the British Parliament decided to honor him with some type of award. When he entered the chamber to receive his award, Sir Hillary saw a large picture of Everest had been set-up.
During the standing ovation that he was receiving, he walked over to the picture, shook his fist at it and said,
"You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I'm still growing."
We frequently hear the stories of people who have succeeded. And we frequently assume that they succeeded the first time.
But it's the exact opposite.
The road to success is paved with the bricks of failure.
Be Your Own Hero
By Robin Sharma
So many of us have heroes. Leaders, artists or entreprenuers that inspire us. People who have made an impact, people who have shown us a better way, people who have overcome outrageous odds.
Yet, the interesting insight about heroes is that they have the human imperfections and weaknesses that we do. They have their bad days, they feel despair, they get knocked down (in fact, heroes get knocked down more than the rest of us).
Yet, in spite of their human frailties, heroes find a way to change the world.
Here's my challenge to you -- be your own hero. Ask yourself, what would it take for me to show up in the world like my heroes?
You may never discover a life changing medicine, invent a best-in-class product or win the World Cup. But, you can show up every day with discipline, compassion and extraordinary commitment.
So, in your journal, go through the following steps and take the hero's journey.
1. List three to five of your heros.
2. For each hero write down the traits that you admire. Is it Steve Nash's selflessness on the court? Is it Martin Luther King's commitment to civil rights? Is it Richard Branson's vison?
3. Then translate these traits into your life. Can you be more selfless at work? Can you make an unshakeable commitment to doing the right thing? Can you create a powerful vision for your life and pursue it?
4. Write these traits down on a card or better yet on a picture of that hero. Remind yourself to act like that hero. This way your hero becomes your mentor -- even if you'll never meet them.
5. Then go into your days and live like the hero you are.
Robin S. Sharma, LL.M. is an internationally-known speaker on sales leadership, peak performance and creativity. The bestselling author of several motivational books including MegaLiving, he is the managing partner of Sharma Leadership International. He can be reached at RobinSharma.com