: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
: a person who is greatly admired

Heroes. They can be world leaders, pop stars, creatives, activists, family members, a neighbor. They can be found anywhere.

We all love heroes, don’t we? Heroes can prove to us that the fight is worth fighting. They help us learn to persevere – to keep fighting – even when it feels as though we have been defeated. Heroes teach us that nobody is perfect and that imperfection is no reason to give up.

Heroes can inspire us to find and act on our own greatness. They show us that we can make an impact. We can make the world a better place.

We asked our interns about someone they consider a personal hero. This is what they shared…

My personal hero is an 18 year old Pakistani girl who once said, “It is also important that we should say no to wrong. And if there is something going wrong we must have the confidence to say that this thing is going wrong, and we must raise our voice.” That 18 year old girl is Malala Yousafzai. I admire her fearless perseverance in the fight for girls’ education. Her bravery, kindness and eloquence are traits that awe and inspire me! – Clivane

Hmmm… I don’t know that I have a “personal hero”. I honestly like to find inspiration and motivation from individuals. My peers, my friends, my fraternity brothers, my family members have such incredible stories. Their stories are able to be related to and are real. Seeing people around me overcome incredible obstacles and excelling in what they love is so inspiring to me. – Blake

When you think about someone who is a hero in your eyes, who comes to mind?
Share your own personal hero with us in the comments. 

Speaking to the World

shutterstock_127129280If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say? 

Seriously though, what would your message be? What do you think the world needs to hear? What do you care so deeply about that you just have to give voice to it?

We asked our interns, Precious and Shelby this same question and this is what they shared.

If we strip away everything that is on the outside, the only thing we have in common is a beating heart. That fact alone makes us all equal. As we put on our identities, no one identity is greater than the other. We’ve been given the liberty to choose, and with that as fellow humans we need to respect choices. There ought not be a hierarchy when it comes to identities. – Precious

If I had the opportunity to speak to everyone in the world at the same time, I would simply tell them to realize how fleeting their life is. I would encourage them to serve the people they love, pursue their passions, and to be kind to one another. – Shelby

What about you?
We’re curious to know what you would say should you have the chance to send a message to the world. Tell us in the comments!

A LeaderShape Video Project

LSH-all-banners-LO-RES-9We hear from our community members on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have the pleasure of reading reflections on blog posts and watching them on YouTube. We talk with you on the phone and over email. We love these moments and these stories. And we want more people to learn about you and your experience with LeaderShape programs. So here is what we are going to do…

We are putting together a video capturing reflections from people who have participated in LeaderShape’s programs, Catalyst, Institute, and Resilience. Below is all the information you need to share your own reflections and be included in the project.

One other thing. We’re excited to share that this year’s Palmer Award recipient, Carolina Ruggero, is assisting with the project. If you haven’t seen the work she is doing on her project Tell Your Story: Tallahassee, we encourage to visit her YouTube channel.

We look forward to receiving your videos! Here’s what to do…

  • Create a video introducing yourself and responding to the following question (based on which program(s) you have participated in):
    • Hi, my name is…
    • Because I participated in Catalyst/Institute/Resilience, this is what changed in me…
  • Tips for a good video:
    • Find a space with good lighting
    • Find a quiet space, without background noise
    • Make sure the camera is steady and in focus
    • Record in an mp4 export format
    • Be yourself
  • The name of your video file should be your first and last name.
  • Drop your video into this Google Folder.
    • Access the folder from a Google account
    • On the top right there is a button that reads “Add to my drive”
    • Once the drive is added, the button will change to read “Go to My Drive”
    • Open the folder and upload your movie

Submissions are due by 12pm EST on Friday, March 4.
Questions? Drop us an email at lead@leadershape.org.