We search for heroes because we want to emulate their behavior.

The challenge is that heroes often come to our attention only after they’ve achieved that status, so we don’t know the backstory. We seldom hear that they labored for many years to bring what it is to the world that has crowned them with the laurel of heroism.

It’s this backstory where the real lessons are to be learned. If you can gain access to it – either because you can go directly to the source or because there’s documentation readily available – look for what was fundamental versus what was incremental.

The incremental elements of success are often fueled by external forces and sources. They are a hero’s reaction. It’s the fundamental elements of success that, when uncovered, offer opportunities for emulation. Those are a hero’s motivation.

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