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5 Traits of a Hero
Being a hero is selflessly doing the best you can in a time of need. But there are things you can do to prepare yourself to take heroic action when the time is right. After studying the heroes on MoralHeroes.org you will find that almost all our heroes have all of the following five traits: education, compassion, networking, inspiration and sacrifice. Here’s what you can do to become a hero.
One thing you will notice about our heroes is that they value education. Often their interest in understanding the people and world around them involves earning degrees at universities. However, their learning also involves learning from the communities they live in, being open to hear the people around them as they share their needs and hopes.
The main difference between a hero and a villain is often their concern for others. Putting other’s needs before your own is humbling and requires conscious effort and delicate balance. The more you practice having compassion the better you will get. Start small by putting yourself in simple places to serve and keep your eyes open for greater opportunities.
Rarely does a hero accomplish anything significant alone. Even though many of the heroes on this website are featured independently, when you read their stories you will actually notice that all of them encouraged others to join their efforts. United, our heroes accomplished so much more than they would have if they tried alone. Strong communication and powerful friendships go a long way towards becoming a hero.
All heroes learn from the wisdom of others. Often their inspiration comes from former heroes. Many times inspiration came from parents or wise mentors who encouraged them to be bold and take action. Learning from other’s successes and failures and being inspired by their efforts is necessary for remaining strong when life becomes challenging.
The major difference between an altruistic person and hero is usually their conscious effort to give up something so that others can be better off. To be a hero you may have to risk losing your free time, social status, your economic advantage and wealth, your comfort or security, or even your life. You are going to have to give up something personal to achieve something greater. What makes a hero different than the average person is that they value their goal and are determined to reach it no matter what they must sacrifice.
By following these five steps you will prepare yourself to take action and to do the best you can when the time is right. We hope you take the time to read more about the heroes and find more heroes who exhibit these traits. We also hope that someday you will be one of our heroes!