For my weekly letter–the Sunday Evening Post–I’m sharing people’s heroes. Because if you’ve found inspiration in these individuals, others may too. Plus, I like what having heroes says about humanity: how we are motivated by way of our connection to others. I dig into this idea below (taken from my letter to readers last week). But feel free to skip this, and just share in the comments who your hero(es) are–and why.

I’ll include your responses in my letter next week, as well as in an article for my website.


“I once interviewed an anthropologist for my college newspaper, and he asked me a hard question: ‘Who are your heroes?’ At that time, I had none. He looked at me with pity. That quiet event changed my life. Now thirty years later, I am awash with heroes.”

A reader shared this comment on one of my recent articles. He then went on to share some of his heroes. And it got me to consider the idea of having heroes.

We’ve all been impressed by something special another person has done. If his or her feat is striking enough, this individual becomes a hero.

We have within us this urge to look up and admire such people. Through them, we may relive their accomplishments/greatness (winning the game, winning the debate, saving a life.) But heroes motivate and inspire us to do more than just look up. They may open the door for us to reach up or even climb up to that level on which our hero stands.

My heroes are those who can see the world as an accessible array of resources and opportunities–who, as a result, create and experience life to their fullest. Such people include Elon Musk and Richard Branson.










Closer to my wheelhouse, I recently learned of Lara, who envisioned and created her media company News Deeply.

But I also find heroes in the specifics of life–those who overcome a physical handicap; who move on from a great loss; or who aren’t afraid to learn new tricks when reaching old age.

I’d love to know your heroes–and why they are your heroes. Please share, and I’ll share your responses this Sunday as well as in a future article on this website. I’m eager to pass on these names of those who’ve inspired you, so that these heroes can inspire others.


2 Responses

  1. My heroes are the people who have gone to hurricane disaster sites to offer help and sustenance, often taking precious vacation time off to do so. They are a rare and treasured branch of humanity that God has given us.

    1. When I was an intern at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, I wrote an obituary for a man who spent the last years of his life helping Hurricane Katrina victims. He organized truckloads of people and supplies to head down there on a few different occasions–all out of the desire to simply help. He was a hero indeed.

What say you?