BE DISTINCT: Find The Hero Within – Lolly Daskal


A 50-year-old Navy veteran and construction worker named Wesley Autrey was at a New York subway station waiting for a train with his daughters when a nearby man collapsed and fell onto the tracks, where a train was already approaching.

While others watched in horror, Autrey took action. He jumped onto the tracks and lay on top of the victim, who seemed to be having a seizure, keeping them both pressed between the tracks. Five cars passed over them before the train was able to come to a stop. Miraculously, neither was seriously injured.

Autrey later told the New York Times, “I don’t feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help. I did what I felt was right”

To find inspiration, just look for ordinary people with extraordinary stories of heroism. They’re all around us.

When we follow a code of what is right, we can become a hero in our own life. When we live with compassion, we can become a hero in lives of others.

Someone needs to sacrifice, someone needs to inspire, someone needs to be a hero. Why not me? Why not you?

Here’s what it takes:

  • Strong value systemHeroes live by their values, and they are willing to endure personal hardship and take potential risks to protect those values. They know that within their deepest values lies their highest purpose.
  • Secure confidence: Heroes believe in themselves, with a strong sense of their abilities that takes over when most others feel fear.  Faced with a crisis, they believe they are capable of handling the challenge and achieving success whatever the odds.
  • Commitment to doing what’s right: Heroes are about doing the right thing. There is power within good deeds, shining moments when the impossible becomes possible. Heroes seek out opportunities to unleash that power.
  • Persistence: Heroes have a high tolerance for risk. Where most would walk or even run away, they stay focused on how they can best make a difference.
  • Positive attitude: Heroes are positive thinkers by nature, which contributes to their ability to look past the immediate danger of a situation and see a more optimistic outcome. They have learned to put a positive spin on negative events.
  • Deep caring: Heroes care about others and genuinely want to make a difference.   The most powerful force on earth is a caring heart.
  • A calling: Heroes are ordinary people called to do extraordinary things. Faced with an everyday situation or a once-in-a-lifetime challenge, they stay in tune with that calling.

“A hero is not only a brave individual, but a brave individual who dares to be distinct.

We are all ordinary and we are all extraordinary

We are all timid and we are all bold.

We are all weak and we are all strong.

We are all scared and we are all fearless

We are all helpless and we are all heroes.

At every given moment we can choose what we will be.”

If you honor the moments by not wasting them, they will honor you back with a calling as a HERO.

LEAD FROM WITHIN Heroes are people who are flawed, have fail and fall, but win out in the end because they have stayed true to their values, confidence and calling—no matter what.

© 2014 Lolly Daskal. All rights reserved.

Lolly Daskal is the president and founder of Lead From Within a coaching and consultant firm that manages large scale corporate coaching and custom made leadership programs. Connect with Lolly @

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On Feminism, Anti-Feminism, and the Things That Mystify Me

Kelly Barnhill

I am ten years old. I am riding a banana seat bike through the alleys. I am allowed to go as far as 31st Street, and then I have to turn back. Words cannot describe how much I love this bike. It is turquoise with sparkly flower decals and I ride back and forth through blocks of alleys singing the entire “Mary Poppins” soundtrack at the top of my lungs. My knees are scratched. My hair needs a comb. I probably haven’t brushed my teeth.

A man in a car pulls up. He opens the window. He asks my name. I have been well-trained. I have learned about good touches and bad touches in school. I know that good people don’t drive up to children on bikes. My teachers have been very clear. I take a good look at his face. I notice his red hair. I take…

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The Forgotten Siblings

Olivia Caldwell Foundation Blog


As most of you know, Olivia is a twin. Her brother Wyatt was born exactly one minute before her and he has taken on the big brother role ever since. Their bond formed immediately, long before they left my womb. During our 20 week ultrasound we saw Wyatt kicking around like a wild man and Olivia holding on to his leg as if she was saying “relax, brother.” This was exactly how their relationship was for the 20 months they had together on this earth. Wyatt was wild and outgoing. Olivia was a soft spirit and incredibly calm. Nothing fazed her.

After Olivia got cancer, Wyatt became her protector. He seemed to know instantly that his sister was sick and he needed to care for her. We never could’ve expected this from such a young child. He would bring her toys, hold her hand, bring her a pacifier, push her…

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The night I was a ghost – a true story

The Green-Walled Tower

I am now a legend of terror, a whispered story that will be told over and over in bars or around the dinner table. I am talking about myself now, David Stewart. This is a true story, after all.

It all started because my wife wanted to see a ghost. I’d like to see one too, if they exist, which I’m not entirely sure of. I have an open mind though. In any case, when I heard about a reportedly real haunted house on the east coast of Korea, my wife and I rented a car and drove four hours across the country to the rural area of Youngdeok, right on the coast of the East Sea (or Sea of Japan. I don’t want to get involved in that controversy).

Youngdeok Haunted House

I had seen another video about people who had gone to explore the house, but they had gone during…

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Why I Make Music…

I make music because of the place that it comes from.  The state I am in when I am making it.  That place where time disappears and everything else dissolves.  The place where fierce joy rises up, unbidden, like golden light filling a well.

That is why I make music.

I believe that this state is communicable thru music.  And that the communication of this state is something as vital and important to us as food, or air, or love.

For me, that is the value of great art.

I am still recording every night; from around midnight till maybe 5 in the morning.

This is my favourite part of the day.  It doesn’t feel like I have a deadline; it feels almost indecently pleasurable, like rolling in ice cream.  The music is a distillation of all the greatest moments from this practice.  It is concentrated joy in a bottle. …

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