The interesting thing is not that we have heroes, it’s that we all have different heroes.
My heroes growing up were two footballers – Kenny Dalglish and Peter Beardsley. They weren’t the players that took the headlines by scoring the most goals (even though they scored their share) but they were the ones that worked hard and made the team play. They were the players who took up intelligent positions and created chances for their team mates to score.
As I have grown up and my field of reference has moved beyond the football pitch, my heroes have grown too and include Sir Clive Woodward, Allan Leighton and, of course, Seth Godin. Whilst my heroes may have changed, the values of team work, connecting and creativity still stand strong.
We choose our heroes to reflect the qualities in ourselves we like and want to see shine. I’m not saying that I have ever emulated my heroes in their skills for one second. But, what I saw in their play is what I liked most about my own game.
We all have heroes and they will be very different from those of our friends and colleagues because the qualities we want to see in ourselves are different to theirs.
Who are your heroes and what does it say about you?
This post is part of my 60 day blog challenge.