Who is your hero, and what attribute they demonstrated can you apply in your life today?

Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13...

Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13 May 1998 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We bestow plenty of admiration upon some of the most famous icons of our times, and remain captivated by the stories of their lives; the journey of their successes and what it took for them to triumph or overcome and be victorious. However, if we factor in some of the gruesome and arduous trials your favorite icon had to endure before graduating into whom they eventually became, “Icon Status, Symbol of Hope, Exceptional Entrepreneur, Celebrated Individual,” hardly anyone would call for their path if given an alternative.

Many of them never lived a life free of anguish and incertitude. The twenty seven years Nelson Mandela spent in prison, is not of special interest for anyone. Steve Jobs’ sometimes turbulent life; being fired from his own company to living with a fatal illness that eventually lead to his untimely death, is not exactly a five course meal. Oprah Winfrey’s hardships of living in absolute poverty in her childhood years and turning to a potato sack for clothing, is the most daunting of a thought to comprehend.

It’s understandable that we cannot duplicate their lives. Nevertheless, if only we could take away a single virtue they manifested in their life that’s applicable in our lives today, it will serve to bring us closer to graduating into our own prosperity as well, however different.

1. Nelson Mandela – Perseverance

Be persistent in your course of action or purpose, despite of the difficulties and/or obstacles you encounter along the way.

Deutsch: Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), polit...
Deutsch: Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), politischer und spiritueller Führer von Indien. Ort unbekannt English: Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Mahatma Gandhi – Single-minded pursuit of purpose

Be firm in your pursuance and never loose sight of your goal.

Deutsch: Mutter Teresa (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); 1...

Deutsch: Mutter Teresa (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); 1986 bei einer Pro-life-Kundgebung auf dem Bonner Münsterplatz English: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); at a pro-life meeting in 1986 in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Mother Teresa – Faith and Selflessness

Fuel yourself with unshakeable faith and altruism, everything else will align itself naturally.

Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone 4 at the...

4. Steve Jobs – Courage/Fearlessness

Be a non-comformist and take your own path in life.

According to Keirsey, Oprah Winfrey may be a T...

5. Oprah Winfrey – Tenacity & Enthusiasm

Possessing an unyielding and passionate drive will work in your favor.

What of your OWN hero and their attributes? Share if you will.

Copyright © 2012 by Selwana Hudson. All Rights Reserved

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5 comments on “Who is your hero, and what attribute they demonstrated can you apply in your life today?

  1. Alya Solomon says:

    Thanks for the motivation to stay on path. One of my favorite quotes is “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

  2. Sel Hudson says:

    What an amazing woman she was Alya! I once read about how she cared for underprivileged children here in New York, and taught them dance and literature. Such a selfless and class act!

  3. P. Francois says:

    I loved this article it is definitely a fact that we are at aw with these celebrities and the light and camera’s that follow or followed them especially at the height of their successes. It’s a shame that we forget about the trials and tribulations some face before reaching their goals. What I have take from these people, all of which I admire in some way or another is the fact that none. of them ever gave up… Maybe that’s what most of our issues are we make so much excuses that we gave up.

  4. P. Francois says:

    This is one of my favorite quotes from an author and motivational speaker who has been thought her share of ups and downs.

    Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it need to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. and now is right on time.”
    ― Asha Tyson

  5. Sel Hudson says:

    Wow! Patrice, that quote says it all! It took me a while to really get this, you know, to embrace this truth. But the last few years, it’s been buried in my brain that there’s no mistake in the path that God sets for us. Everything happens just like how it’s meant to be, to bring us to the person that we eventually become. And you can save yourself a lot of heartache by learning the lesson he wants to teach you faster, than later lol.
    Thanks for commenting on my site by the way!!! Yay!

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