I am finishing up an idyllic sojourn on Lake Michigan where my ancestors have had a cottage for 130 years. The scents, the sounds, the storms…fill my mind with all sorts of formative memories, and it has me ruminating on my heroes — real and fictional, childhood and adult.
In these especially challenging times, role models can be very helpful.
I want to hear who yours were and are.
- Who are they?
- Why are they heroes for you?
- What qualities have you developed that you think have been inspirational to others?
Please share in the comments below!
The purpose of this inquiry is not to put others on a pedestal, above oneself, but to recognize attributes we admire in others that have helped inspire, activate and guide us.
My primary heroes were my mother — for her endless compassion and willingness to listen — and my father — for his constant integrity and his infectious sense of humor. I always admired my older brother (and still do) for his candid authenticity and truth seeking — for always having my back and for teaching me cool stuff — like making binders, scrapbooking, flipping a hockey puck, spiraling a football and standing up for myself, even when it’s uncomfortable.
In fiction I loved Zorro, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Roy Rogers and Paladin. Why? Because they protected others, righted wrongs and stayed humble about using their skills and wits. I admired sports heroes like Mickey Mantle, Bobby Hull, Oscar Robertson, Pete Sampras and Arnold Palmer — not just for their freaky-good talents, but for how they held themselves graciously with others.
The common denominator, upon reflection, is Virtue. My heroes were and are good people (not perfect) who acted with dedication, caring and accomplishment. They are all natural leaders — not rulers. I want to be on their side and be their friends. I want to grow those same parts of me.
Later in life I was in awe of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, Anthony Sutich, Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Adyashanti and Gangaji. Visionary scientists who helped open my mind were people like Richard Mellersh, Walter Russell, Arthur Young, Buckminster Fuller and Nassim Haramein.
I could go on and on — just go to the THRIVE movies and to the Freedom Portal section of this website and every guest on there is a hero for me: Cathy O’Brien, Serena Faith-Masterson, Gregg Braden, Patrick Wood, Del Bigtree, David Martin, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., David Icke, Stefan Molyneux, Larken and Amanda Rose, Mark Passio, Catherine Austin Fitts, Michael Beckwith, Dr. Rima Laibow, Rajiv Malhotra, John Bush, Paul Chek, Derrick Broze, Billy Taylor and Gail Johnson — our guardian angels for two decades in the physical, my son, Trevor Gamble — who taught me about banking schemes and Voluntaryism…and so many more — most especially my beloved Kimberly Carter Gamble.
It has become one of my passions to find and be moved by the genuine heroism in almost everyone I meet. (Okay, I am having trouble with Schwab, Gates, Fauci, Kissinger, Cheney, the Bushes, David Rockefeller, etc.) My whole network inspires me with their courage, discernment, strength and love. That includes you!
I am deeply energized by hearing from others that they are moved by my truth-seeking, my quest for freedom for all, my kindness, my clarity of purpose and my perseverance.
So what in you inspires others?
This is not a moment for false modesty, just simple acknowledgement of what’s so…
Please tell us in the comments below who some of your heroes are and why…and what you recognize in yourself that is inspirational to others. THANKS!
Truth leads to Virtue, which leads to Happiness.