This weekend I took my cricketing-mad son to the Somerset Ground to watch Somerset play Essex, and Charlie’s cricket-hero, Alastair Cook. Charlie has loved cricket since he was around 18months old, when we used to throw tennis balls gently towards him, while he smashed them with his foam bat. Over the years, he has progressed to being a keen member of our local cricket club and avid watcher of any cricket match available. Inevitably, this has led to him having a cricket hero, Alastair Cook: a left-handed batsman, like himself.
Charlie loved the match and was keen to watch how his idol played. Knowing that my son would love nothing more than to be a cricketer himself, I asked him whether he thought he could do the same. He thought for a moment and said, “Yes”. This then led to me asking him what he would need to do to get there and we had a long conversation about the steps he would need to take, sacrifices he may need to make and how he would feel when he achieved his dream. He was inspired – and not just inspired by what he saw, he was inspired to take action: the action to jump out of bed early this morning and go for a run (he hates running, but it was part of his plan!).
It made me think how important it is for us to all have heroes in our life. Our heroes inspire us, give us something to strive for, someone whose behaviour we can model and give us a vision of success. This helps us to plan what we need to do and most importantly, give us motivation for taking the all-important action.
Looking back, I have had many heroes in my life, ranging from my Mum (whose belief in equality and determination has been my inspiration), to Teachers, work colleagues and well-known Coaches. All of these heroes have enabled me to form my own vision for my business (and life) and helped me to draw on what’s needed to get there.
Having a hero should not be limited to when you are a child; we all need at least one in our life as they really can make our life better.