Become an Everyday Hero

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readAug 12, 2021

By taking it a step at a time.

Photo by Klaus Nielsen from Pexels

The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time meeting each thing as it comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

As a kid, were you inspired by stories of daring soldiers, caped crusaders, and courageous mavericks who did fantastic feats, helped others, and transformed the world around them for the better?

Whether real or fictitious, those were your heroes.

You admired their bravery and toughness and daydreamed about being like them one day. You emulated their positivity, imitated their charisma, and wished you could experience their exploits firsthand.

So when did you stop believing in them?

Modern life has a way of dulling the ideals that shined when you were a child. Optimistic visions of changing the system and giving everyone a helping hand fall victim to the daily hustle and grind of adulthood.

Whether you believe it or not, it is time for you to become a hero.

No, don’t dive off a building and expect to fly or singlehandedly take on a bunch of criminals. Life is not some cartoon or action flick.

What does it mean to be a hero? Is it someone who sacrifices and puts their life on the line for others? Or a person who struggles against all odds to do something good for humanity?

It can be. Or it can simply be a person doing small things to help others selflessly.

We all look up to individuals who seek to make a positive impact in the world while at the same time overcoming adversity to accomplish that goal. We appreciate their audacity and enthusiasm; we aim to be as fearless and focused as they are.

Heroism is not solely about incredible achievements. Sometimes it’s about being an example to others as they withstand hardships, a role model who demonstrates high morals and dedication. Heroes inspire us to try because they just did the impossible in front of us.

Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·