Charles Dickens wrote, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
We are fascinated by secrets, rumors and gossip.
I used to be offended by a statement like that until it became obvious.
“Obvious?!?”, someone might argue.
Maybe secrets, rumors and gossip are not the fascination of everyone, but how else can you explain:
– The popularity of fantasy sports & their paid “Insider” features
– The popularity of TMZ & the volumes of celebrity gossip
– The illegality of insider trading
– The mumblings and rumblings as most school lunch tables
I’m turning 50. I’ve thought about it all year.
I’ve interviewed dozens of people over fifty to talk with them about their lives. I’ve asked many questions, and sought many answers. Mostly I’ve listened. As I’ve listened I’ve heard some wonderful tales about remarkable people.
I’m not yet fifty — it’s just days away — but I thought I’d lead you through my journey, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two that will help you on your journey.
I Wanna Be A Hero
Over and over again I daydreamed of being a hero.
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values
I’m ten days away from turning 50!
It seems almost surreal.
When I was in elementary school I fantasized about heroically saving a classmate.
When I was in junior high I fantasized about being the kind of guy who could get a great girlfriend.
When I was in high school I fantasized about having a perfect sexual relationship.
When I was dating Amy I fantasized about having a perfect marriage.
When we had our kids I fantasized about being a perfect parent.
I wanted it all.
The Dark Knight Rises opened last night. He’s a brave risk-taker.
But, I’m not a multimillionaire, so I’ll never be like Bruce Wayne.
The Amazing Spiderman opened a few weeks ago. He’s a brave risk-taker.
But, I’m not going to be bit by a radioactive spider, so I’ll never be like Peter Parker.
What kind of hero — what kind of bold, heroic, risk-taker — might you and I become?
Real World Heroes = Risk-Takers
Yesterday I had an hour-long conversation with a university professor who teaches potential risk-takers; she teaches entrepreneurship. It was a fascinating discussion about the challenges of taking great ideas and creating great opportunities.