Each period in time has its heroes. In Biblical times we have had Moses, Abraham, David and Solomon, to name a few. And of course, the greatest hero of all is Jesus. From the beginning of our country, we have had George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Even just saying these names evokes a feeling of reverence. These people were heroes then as they will be for time immemorial. We can take a tour through history and reverently remember Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell, among others.
Mother Theresa has been a hero to many, as well as Mahatma Gandhi and Clara Barton. Back in the 1950’s and 60’s a hero to kids everywhere was Superman. When George Reeves first donned the famous red and blue outfit with the big S across his chest, could he ever have imagined the impact he would have many years later? He has done the Superman character proud. Christopher Reeve, who also played Superman, was also a hero. A tragic fall from a horse elevated him from onscreen hero to real life hero.
John Wooden was a hero to many people. He will go down in history as the greatest college basketball coach of all time, yet he was a hero to all who knew him because of the person he was. Everyone has a chance to be a hero to someone. Who are the heroes of today? Are they the top athletes in their chosen field? Is Tiger Woods still considered a hero? Is someone considered a hero because they make a lot of money from singing? Would Britney Spears be considered a hero? Probably not. Who would be on your list of the heroes of today?
Bill Gates would have to be at the head of the list. He has the opportunity to enjoy any lifestyle he chooses, wherever he prefers. He chooses to live in the good old USA, and run the Gates Foundation with billions of dollars he has donated. He also founded Microsoft. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is another hero. On that fateful day when he was flying his jetliner heading out of New York and geese found their way into the engine, he used all of his powers to land the plane safely in the Hudson River, and saved all 155 passengers that day. He is a true hero and a very good pilot.
Since our country has been at war, many heroes have emerged. To all of the servicemen who have bravely served our country, I tip my hat, and say thank you. Pat Tillman will be remembered as a hero. He had a life and a career in the NFL that many could only dream about. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Even though his death left many unanswered questions, he is a hero in the truest sense of the word. Somewhere in a place much better than our wonderful Earth, George Reeves is probably saying to Pat Tillman, You are the real Superman.
Who are the heroes of today? Do you know one, or are you one? Do your best to live a good life, and maybe one day, someone will say you are their hero. Good Luck!
Pat Esposito has been involved in real estate for 28 years as an investor, trainer, and consultant. He is the author of The Best Investment You Can Make, and The Informed Real Estate Investor and is the founder of www.theinformedrealestateinvestor.com
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