Posted by: brandextenders | September 5, 2011

Who Are Your Heroes?

Who are your heroes; who are the people who inspire you and keep you motivated when things get tough? It seems the older I get the older my heroes tend to get as well, but what they have in common is they push the limits imposed upon them and persevere in the face of adversity.

Here are three of my current heroes:

Glen Campbell: In June of this year, Campbell announced to the world he has Alzheimer’s, but despite that he just released his 71st CD in a 50+ years career and is undertaking a European and American tour over the next two years. His new CD, “Ghost on the Canvas” may be his most intimate collection of songs yet. What inspires me is what his family calls the “Zen of Glen”, the fact he is willing to perform in front of thousands knowing over time he may stumble on the lyrics and music that made him famous. Given his prognosis, how many of us would hide in our homes waiting for the inevitable? He can be an inspiration to us all to not give up hope even when the deck seems stacked against us.

Alan Moore: In 1968 Moore was a place kicker for Holmes Community College football in Goodman, Mississippi and kicked a winning field goal that brought the school a national title. His future was bright, but in 1969 he and a pal joined the Army hoping to choose where they would serve in Vietnam vs. being drafted. He spent 10 months fighting in Southeast Asia, came home, got married, had a family and gave up thoughts of college and football. 40 years later, Moore was laid off and decided to see if he could still kick a football. After much practice, he received a small scholarship from Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL where he is taking 12 hours of classes, living in the dorms and kicking for the football team. At 61 Moore says he isn’t doing this for himself, but to inspire young people to never give up their dreams. He hopes to inspire others and his dedication to his dream has inspired me.

Betty White: This spry octogenarian has been performing since she was 17 and has worked in radio, theatre, television and films. In the 1950’s White was one of the few women working in front of and behind the television camera writing, producing and acting in several shows. She appeared on TV in dozens of roles and in 1985 landed the part of Rose in “The Golden Girls” which lasted for seven years. In 2010 she appeared in a Super Bowl TV ad for Snickers and was the host on Saturday Night Live in March of 2010 after 500,000 people joined a Facebook group called, “Betty White to Host SNL.”She is my hero because financially she doesn’t need to work, but does so because she loves it. I love her line in a recent interview, “dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Let’s hope she continues to enchant us with her presence for many years to come.

So who are your heroes and why? Who inspires you, makes you want to get up each day and who do you look to for guidance when thinks don’t look so bright? I know others would love to read your comments below.

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