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“7 Traits Of A True Hero” by Justine Lee

Saw a friend post this video on Facebook. It really moved my heart, even though it was an advertisement promoting a Thai insurance company! But so much emotion was invoked through it, and a important lesson was taught.

In the very first scene, when the water fell on this guy’s head, he made a choice to stay positive, when most of us would have sulk and complain.

Choosing to stay positive is the challenge of this generation.

It was sad that during certain scenes when this guy chose to help the little girl and the dog at the expense of his own comfort, there were looks of judgment from other people.

Sometimes, others would make quick judgments and shake their head in displeasure when they see another person doing something “silly”.
Silly because he was not rich, but chose to give his money to the poor.
Silly because he gave his chicken drumstick to a dog and was left with the rice.
But it is these kinds of “silly” people that change the lives of others. They are the unsung heroes.

I was recently invited to speak to a Boy’s hostel that housed juvenile youths. The boys that were housed in this place were under probation. Many of them had their teachers, friends and even family gave up on them.

I wanted to encourage them. So I shared my own personal story about my past mistakes and failure, and how my life took a turn and changed for the better.
I wanted them to see that if there was hope for me, there is hope for them too.

I wanted them to believe that their lives were worth living and that their future was worth fighting for.
It was a great experience, as all of them were attentive and engaged in asking questions. I learnt so much from them.

But I was especially impacted when I spoke to the workers, managers and counsellors that took care of them. These guys could be home with their families or out with their friends for a drink, but they chose to stay with the boys and were still there at 9pm when I was leaving. These guys are the real Unsung Heroes.

They don’t do it to show others. They do it because they loved to. I was only there for a few hours, but they are there every single day. I saw the way they interacted with the boys. Even though at times they were firm, I could still tell they genuinely cared for them. It is moments like these that inspires me.

There are 7 traits of a True Unsung Heroes:

1) Humility

The very fact that they are unsung is probably because they are such modest people. Helping others without expecting anything in return and refusing to take credit for it. They are humble enough to also acknowledge when they make mistakes.

2) Courage

It takes great courage to step up and do what is right. The unsung heroes steps out of their comfort zone and get their hands to work. They are brave enough to take action for what they believe in.

3) Consistency

It is not a one-off event. The unsung heroes are consistent and focused on their work. The truth is, you don’t have to do big things in order to be a hero to someone else. It is the little things that you do consistently that has the greatest impact on others.

4) Compassion

The passion for compassion consumes these unsung heroes. This is what gives them the drive and energy to work. Their hearts are big and filled with compassion for others. They look beyond themselves and try to meet the needs of those around them.

5) Positive Attitude

There will be rainy days when things don’t go their way. But the unsung heroes choose to stay positive. They keep going when everyone else gives up.

6) Commitment

They are committed and determined to give and not take. These unsung heroes do not waiver from their cause. They strive on until they see change.

7) Authenticity

This is probably the hardest part.  Unsung heroes are genuine and real. They don’t try to ‘fake’ it. They don’t have any hidden agenda. People can sense that their intentions are real and good.

Be a hero to someone today.
Remember, it is the small things you do that makes the biggest difference.
Whether it is giving up your seat to a child on the train, helping buy a packet of tissue from an elderly person, or getting a cup of coffee for a tired classmate/colleague, there is always something you can do to put a smile on someone else’s face.

So, why not today?

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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