Heroes are born in crisis.
I enjoy a good superhero movie, especially the first one. What I mean is that most superhero movies end up producing sequels where the superhero faces new and different villains. But there's nothing like the first one - because that when I get to see how an ordinary person encounters the extraordinary circumstances (usually some type of crisis) that propels him or her into the role of a superhero.
- Ironman becomes Ironman because he's taken captive by terrorists and must escape.
- Spiderman becomes Spiderman because he's bit by a radioactive spider.
- The Fantastic Four become The Fantastic Four because they encounter a nebulous cloud in space that alters their DNA.
- Batman become Batman (or the better version...The Dark Knight) because he finds that crime is tearing his city apart.
- Even Superman became Superman because his planet was destroyed and his parents shipped him off to Earth.
So I'm always intrigued by the transformation. I'm curious to learn the circumstances that created the need for a hero to step in to save the day.
And here's the important thing to remember...the sequels keep coming because there's always someone out there that needs saving.
You can be a hero. It's actually quite simple. Find a crisis and step in to solve it. That's what leaders do.
You may not have "super-abilities" like the ability to fly, or walk through walls, or be invisible. But you have other abilities at your disposal that can be equally if not more powerful...
- You can listen when someone's hurting.
- You can lend a hand when someone needs help.
- Your presence makes a huge difference when someone feels all alone.
- You can lift someone's spirits by your words.
- You can share your resources with someone whose life appears empty.
Remember this - Crisis is the fertile soil that births leaders.
And when the crisis is over and the leader is identified, people often look back and realize that what the leader accomplished was oftentimes...heroic.
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