Heroes rarely happen by accident. They have mentors, defining moments, and a purpose bigger than themselves at the core of who they are. Heroes train, grow, and mature over time. Most of all, heroes have help along the way. Luke Skywalker, the famed Jedi Knight, had Obi-Wan Kenobi as his guide. Daniel Larusso, the karate kid, went on to win his championship match with the tutelage and support of Mr. Miyagi. And Spiderman gained wisdom and drive from his Uncle Ben. Just like in the movies, real life heroes are fashioned over time. Parents have the incredible opportunity to build into the lives of their children. Husbands and wives can become each other’s biggest fans. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, coaches, and teachers are in a unique position to draw out the best in future generations.
Here are three strategies for growing the heroes around you: