The Hero Within the Hero

reflection Today we wrap up our 3-part series on heroes. We started by discussing what makes a hero a hero. Last time, we looked at the heroes behind us, where we played off the Bette Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Well … the only way we could get that song out of our heads was to talk about another one. So today we’re going to look at Mariah Carey’s Hero.



We love lyrics and Mariah Carey certainly has strung together some powerful words in this song. It’s particularly appropriate in the tough times we face right now.

We’ve all heard the song, but you may not have really thought about the words. So here we go …

Who are you?

It starts off …

“There's a hero if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid of what you are”

We may feel a fear that if we show people our true selves they won’t like us. They won’t accept us. We might be embarrassed because we won’t succeed.

It’s ironic … in many cases, it’s this fear that keeps us from succeeding. Because each of us has something very unique to offer the world. It’s born in us. It’s our duty to develop it. To show the world our authentic selves.

The promise

The verse continues …

“There's an answer if you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know will melt away”

We just love this. There’s a promise if we reach within ourselves. We can do it. You can do it! Makes you think of an Adam Sandler movie, doesn’t it? We won’t go there!

You can find the answer to whatever problem you are facing. You and you alone have the solution.

Love begins with you

Then we come to the 2nd verse…

“It's a long road when you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
You can find love if you search within yourself
and the emptiness you felt will disappear”

We’ve talked about this before. It is impossible to truly love other people if you don’t love yourself. Love begins inside each of us. If we can’t see the beauty within us, we’ll never experience the beauty around us.

Finding the way

Now we come to the final verse …

“Lord knows dreams are hard to follow but don't let anyone tear them away
Hold on, there will be tomorrow, in time you'll find the way”

We have to stay true to our dreams even when they’re tested. We have to hold on. Martin Luther King had a dream. We’ve recently witnessed what happened!

We have to keep searching for the answer. But we know we will find it and we will achieve our dreams.

It starts with an attitude

Because when all of this is going on, when your problems seem insurmountable, when the world around you is nothing like the world you envisioned … 

“… then a hero comes along with the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive”

It all starts with an attitude. You have to look within yourself – deep within yourself – with the confidence that you will find the answer. You know you’ll come back strong. You know you will survive.

Cue Gloria Gaynor? No, we’ll pass on that!


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A final thought

In a world that is looking for heroes, in a time when people are fearful and pessimistic, what should our response be?

“… when you feel like hope is gone look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth – that a hero lies in you”

We’re so grateful that you read our post today. Join us next time when we look at what to do if your employer stops matching your 401(k) contributions. Until then, here’s to your bigg success! 

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1 reply
  1. Chris Christensen
    Chris Christensen says:

    I submit to you that my favorite song about being a hero is the song Hero by Superchic[k]

    HERO By: Superchick
    No one sits with him, he doesn’t fit in,
    But we feel like we do when we make fun of him,
    ‘Cause you want to belong, do you go along?
    ‘Cause his pain is the price paid for you to belong
    It’s not like you hate him or want him to die,
    But maybe he goes home and thinks suicide,
    Or he comes back to school with a gun at his side,
    Any kindness from you might have saved his life…

    TAG: Heroes are made when you make a choice…
    You could be a hero,
    Heroes do what’s right,
    You could be a hero,
    You might save a life,
    You could be a hero, you could join the fight,
    For what’s right, for what’s right, for what’s right…

    No one talks to her, she feels so alone,
    She’s in too much pain to survive on her own,
    The hurt she can’t handle overflows to a knife,
    She writes on her arm, wants to give up her life,
    Each day she goes on is a day that she is brave,
    Fighting the lie that giving up is the way,
    Each moment of courage her own life she saves,
    When she throws the pills out, a hero is made…


    No one talks to him about how he lives,
    He thinks that the choices he makes are just his,
    Doesn’t know he’s a leader with the way he behaves,
    And others will follow the choices he’s made,
    He lives on the edge, he’s old enough to decide,
    His brother who wants to be him is just nine,
    He can do what he wants because it’s his right,
    The choices he makes change a nine-year-old’s life…


    Little Mikey-Dee was the one in class
    Who everyday got brutally harassed
    This went on for years
    Till he decided that never again would he shed another tear
    So he walked through the door
    And grabbed the .44 out of his father’s dresser drawer
    He said ‘I can’t take life no more’
    And like that a life can be lost
    But this ain’t even about that
    All of us just sat back and watched it happen
    Thinking its not our responsibility
    To solve a problem that isn’t even about me
    This is our problem.
    This is just one of the daily scenarios
    In which we choose to close our eyes
    Instead of doing the right thing
    If we make a choice and be the voice
    For those who won’t speak up for themselves
    How many lives would be saved, changed, rearranged?
    Now it’s our time to pick a side.
    So don’t keep walking by not wanting to intervene,
    Cause you just want to exist and never be seen.
    So lets wake up, change the world
    Our time is now.

    You could be a hero – (Our time is now) heroes do what’s right
    You could be a hero – (Our time is now) you might save a life
    You could be a hero – (Our time is now) you could join the fight
    For what’s right, for what’s ri-ight…

    Chris Christensen


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