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I have a question for you. Are you living out your life’s purpose?
I know. It’s a bold question for this time of day.
As many of you know, I’m a huge Phillies fan. Last week, the Phillies opened their season at home against the Atlanta Braves.
But, it wasn’t just another Opening Day.
It was the Phillies debut for perhaps their biggest free agent signing ever:
For you non-sports readers, his star power can be likened to Taylor Swift or Tony Robbins. Those are the best examples I could come up with. You get the idea.
What’s been amazing so far hasn’t just been Harper’s performance. But, rather, his willingness to assert himself with the Philadelphia fans.
It’s all part of the Bryce Harper brand. Yes, I said brand.
Players these days are more than the teams they play for. They are their own brands.
They share things on Twitter and Instagram. They have their own products. They create their own companies.
In many ways, they’re like subsidiaries of the teams they play for. The Phillies knew this and want to use Bryce to help lure more high-powered players to Philadelphia.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well, because whether you’re an entrepreneur, climbing the career ladder, or just a person living the best life they can (we all are), you are also a brand.
That’s right. We all have a personal brand.
And we’re responsible for showcasing that brand heroically — and to the best of our ability.
That’s why when Skillshare asked me to create a class on Personal Branding, I jumped at the chance! It showed that somebody took notice of the brands I created with Run The Money and, now, Hero Story.
Until April 7 at 11:59 PM Eastern, I’m giving the class I created, Heroic Branding: Be The Hero Of Your Personal Brand, away for free.
Also, be sure to sign up for 2 free months of Skillshare Premium with my referral link.
Go brand yourself,
“We see entrepreneurship as a state of mind – taking responsibility for your life in all its areas (including health, business, relationships, etc.) and constantly working on yourself to bring more value to the world and all beings.”
That’s how Journal Smarter founders Siliva and Michal describe their approach to entrepreneurship and giving back.
What’s incredible about these two is that they run Journal Smarter “while traveling the world slowly (few months in each place) and helping people build sustainable and thriving communities. We have been working with an organic farm/retreat space in rural Japan, retreat space/guest house in French Alps, and at the moment we are living and working with Astralship in Wales.“
And here I thought I was “winning at life” by juggling a family, full-time job, and side hustle. Nope.
Michal and Silvia do all this also while being in a relationship. So, that kind of puts to bed whether or not you can start a business with your significant other. If they can travel the world together and run a company, we don’t have any excuses!
As Silvia told me, “That’s right, we’re also a couple—and one of our biggest accomplishments is to run a business together while loving each other and using our relationship as a super-personal-development-booster.”
Their story is truly inspiring and I had a chance to interview them to learn more about the incredible things they’re doing. You can check out the full interview on HeroStory.org.
For now, let me share with you the highlights:
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” – Fred Rogers
Hey there, Heroes,
I hope you all had an amazing week. Over here in Gettysburg, we’ve been battling colds plus doctor and ER visits. It’s been rough. Should’ve stayed in Cancun!
Anyway, I have quite the heartwarming story for you this week. But, before I get to it, I wanted to share something with you. In fact, I’m going to make it this week’s Hero Challenge.
Fellow entrepreneur Nathan Latka has a new book debuting on Tuesday, March 5th. I told him I’d become an ambassador for him and let all of you know it.
If you’re an entrepreneur, a wantrepreneur, or you just want to learn about a successful person, check out How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital: The Four Rules You Must Break To Get Rich.
If you decide to buy the book, email me a screen grab of your order information. Nathan was kind enough to reward ambassadors who help him get at least 15 orders through their networks. I’ll have a chance to hop on a call with him and learn how to grow Hero Story.
Will you help me do that?
As always, thank you for reading Hero Story and please encourage your friends, family and network to sign up at HeroStory.org.
“There’s no need for me to consult a dictionary or look online. I saw heroism on Sunday February 24th, 2019 in action right before my eyes. Our hero, Isaac, seized the moment, and turned something simple and ordinary into an act that would impact over 35,000 people and counting.”
That’s how Lisa Teach, mother of the 9-year-old, Lilly, describes what you are about to see in this viral video. Take a second to watch it and we will get back to today’s story.
Isaac Witte, a 29-year-old Giant employee in Harrisburg, PA, certainly did seize the moment to make a little girl’s day. He asked Lilly a simple question, “Would you like to be my helper today?” Even though Lilly was already starting to put items into a bag, Isaac’s invitation opened the door for a beautiful moment.
As you saw in the video, Lilly was overjoyed at being able to live out her “dream job,” as she called it. Asked about what it meant to him to be able to do this for Lilly, Isaac told me: “I said, ‘Lilly, your dream is coming true.'”
There are so many things to love about this story. The kind cashier. The little girl living out a dream. The proud mother filming her daughter’s big moment.
For Lilly’s mother, “it meant the world to [her] that Isaac saw Lilly’s desire to help and invited her to team up with him to complete the job. His patience, compassion, and willingness to work together will always be remembered.”
Others are getting to witness Lilly’s dream come true through Isaac’s kindness. Thousands of people have viewed the video on Facebook and media outlets are picking up the story as well. Isaac was even interviewed by ABC 27 in Harrisburg via Facebook Live.
Isaac, who is on the autism spectrum, prompts us to imitate his example, saying, “If you see someone with a disability, help them out. If you see a child that you wouldn’t normally see, be kind to them. Who knows what may happen?”
That’s a testament to the kind of person Isaac is. And it’s a challenge to the rest of us to step up our game.
Lisa, Lilly’s mother, takes Isaac’s words a step further:
“A hero thinks not of themselves, but of others first. They find purpose and meaning in seeing someone else’s need and boldly reaching out to meet it. Isaac did just this for our daughter when he saw that she wanted to help bag groceries. Little did he know how meaningful this would be for her. She was beaming the whole time, because she was seen, acknowledged, asked to help, and allowed to offer what she had to get the job done by working together.“
There’s something all of us should reflect on today.
I’m coming to you from sunny Cancun, Mexico. Here for Spring Break… just kidding.
I’m with the family and letting the kids get some energy out. All while I slip an adult beverage in here and there.Continue reading
“I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” – Tupac Shakur