You Cannot Live an Extraordinary Life by Making Ordinary Choices

Ordinary is by the book.

Ordinary is going with the flow.

Ordinary is waiting for the right time to do something, to speak up, to stand out.

Ordinary is a choice.

Or, you can choose to be extraordinary, to be heroic.

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Malala Yousafzai, What Gave You the Courage to Continue This? | The Daily Show

On October 8, 2013, Malala Yousafzai appeared on the Daily Show. Although the entire interview is definitely worth watching, I would encourage you to give particular attention to the question and answer at 3:00, where she answers a question about the source of her courage. Continue reading

CNN Announces Top 10 Heroes Of 2013

Today CNN announced the Top Ten Heroes of 2013. They are ten everyday people who are changing the world in extraordinary ways. Each will receive a $50,000 grant to help them with their work, and each has a shot at being named CNN Hero of the Year. You can help decide the winner.

You can vote for your favorite Hero now at or from your mobile device.

Whoever is named CNN Hero of the Year will receive an additional $250,000 grant to further advance their cause.

via CNN Heroes announced – Anderson Cooper 360 – Blogs.

The Science Of Conquering Your Fears — And Living A More Courageous Life | Huffington Post

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible,” he wrote. Today, it’s one of the more neglected areas of positive psychology, but recent research has begun to move toward an understanding of what courage is and how we might be able to cultivate the ability to face our fear and make decisions with greater fortitude. Continue reading

Heroism amidst the sharks? |

Are we right to regard athletic achievements as heroic, or is that a sign of a culture that has lost its moral direction in waist-high hyperbole? One hears the word “awesome” often in reference to things that are merely convenient or satisfying. Even attorney ads seem overblown – perhaps especially attorney ads, Bar regulation be damned. Don’t even get me started on the Super Bowl hype, even though I loved every minute of it last year when the Ravens won in the Super Dome. Reasonable people can and perhaps should stand aftward shouting “HALT” at American lexical inflation that obdures. Continue reading