The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language says a hero is “a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life” or “a person noted for special achievement in a particular field”.
These definitions miss the point of the broad nature of the hero. Heroes can be everyday. Heroes can and do exist without being noted. The Hero Workshop aims to encourage those everyday people to act heroically.
Wilferd A. Peterson really understood this concept. He wrote:
“Few of us will do the spectacular deeds of heroism that spread themselves across the pages of our newspapers in big black headlines. But we can all be heroic in the little things of everyday life. We can do the helpful things, say the kind words, meet our difficulties with courage and high hearts, stand up for the right when the cost is high, keep our word even though it means sacrifice, be a giver instead of a destroyer. Often this quiet, humble heroism is the greatest heroism of all.”
A world where everyone embraces the quest to be a hero is a world worth striving for.