Download Episode Here – right click link and select “Save Link As…”
In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about how we can keep our heroes real by acknowledging all sides of them – not just the good parts.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Some of the people that have had the greatest impact in the world have endured major issues.
- We have a tendency to gloss over the moments of despair that our mentors experienced, or experience, on their journey of personal growth.
- Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
- We have the tendency to whitewash our heroes.
- We don’t see them as complex people who made good and bad decisions.
- It is important we don’t deify our mentors.
- Struggle doesn’t mean we are not destined for greatness.
- When we see our mentors as perfect, we don’t believe it’s possible for us to achieve greatness because we are very well aware of our imperfections.
- We do ourselves a favor if we realize that our heroes and mentors are just as human as we are.
- We hold our celebrities to a higher standard, and we punish them when they demonstrate their imperfections.
- All of us are human. Nobody has arrived at the pinnacle of personal growth.
- Even the gods and goddesses of Greece had flaws.
- If we can cut other people some slack when they fail, then we may have the tendency to cut ourselves some slack.
- It is more inspiring when someone is human and still presents as a mentor.
- They are just regular people who figure out how to show up on a day to day basis as their best self.
- Parable: “There are two wolves inside of me, good and bad. I don’t know which one is going to win. The one you feed will win.”
- We battle to nourish the parts of us we want to win.
- Depending on the context we are in we may get encouraged to feed the bad wolf.
- What is truly inspiring is to see someone choosing to nourish the best parts of themselves, even when everything seems to be against it.
- Thomas Jefferson – wrote “All men are created equal… “ He owned slaves. His lifestyle contradicted the very words he wrote.
- If we see only the good or only the bad of people, we miss the complexity of who they were/are.
- Acknowledging that we are entering a period of increased transparency means we won’t be able to whitewash our heroes like we have in the past.
- Finding heroes is becoming more and more difficult as we enter a world of transparency.
- We see everyone’s imperfections.
- We have a desire for perfection and seek it for inspiration, but perfection doesn’t exist.
- We will have to figure out how to forgive each other for our past.
- Anybody can be your mentor. They don’t need to be a globally celebrated celebrity.
- It is their complexity that makes them strong.
- They are strong because they have moments of weakness.
- They have to wrestle with themselves to regain their strength.
- Movie: Rudy
- When we look at people, and they have different disadvantages, we should still honor them for doing extraordinary things.
- Everybody determines their core values then they look for others who mirror those core values.
- Biographies are a great way to see all the parts of people – good and bad.
To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below:
If you like the podcast and want to help us out in return, please leave an honest rating and review on iTunes by clicking here. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes immensely! We would be eternally grateful!
Want to learn more?
Discover Your Personal Genius
We want to hear from you. Leave your comments below…