Stop Waiting For The Hero To Show Up.

We all enjoy a good hero story. Whether it's a TV show, movie, your favorite podcast episode, or a good long book, there is something captivating about an individual who rescues us.

Sometimes from a situation. Other times from ourselves.

The hero is the hero because he does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He rescues. And saves. And inspires.

We're all looking for that hero in our own lives.

  • You might be in tough financial times and looking for a rich uncle to swoop in and save you from your money problems.

  • You might be struggling with a relationship and looking for a sympathetic friend to stand by you while you cry.

No matter the situation, your life is better when a hero steps in and saves the day. But here's the thing — you don't need to wait on a hero.

You can be the hero.

It simply requires you taking action. Doing things that are often uncomfortable. Things that make you nervous.

To be the hero you have to stop making excuses for why you can't be the hero and just take that first step.

The only thing that separates the hero from the rest of us is that he or she is the one bold enough to do what we all know we should do.

In every book or movie or podcast or television series, that truth remains the same. The hero isn't amazing because of his superpowers. But because he is willing to do what others make excuses to avoid doing.

Remember that — as you level up your life and as you help others be awesome.

You don't need a special degree to be awesome. You don't need special powers to be awesome. All you need is a little bit of courage.

You need to be the one who's willing to try.

You don't have to be perfect. You don't even need to look good trying. You just need to make an attempt.

Take that first step. That's the secret to being the hero. To you being the hero of your own life and to encouraging others to be the hero of their own lives.

Effort, fewer excuses, a willingness to learn, the humility to try even when you're not the most qualify — you have everything you need right now to be a hero.

It just comes down to a simple choice. Whether you’re willing to be the hero. Or if you’d rather choose more excuses — staying stuck and waiting on someone else who might never show up to rescue you.

It's time for a change. It's time for you to step up. It's time right now for you to be the person you were meant to be.

So be the hero. Don't apologize for it. Step up. Put in the effort. Be awesome.

Dan Waldschmidt