#1546 Areté +1° #011: You Are the Hero

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Hi, this is Brian.

Welcome back to another Areté +1°, a micro-chapter from my new book, Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential.

We're going through a series of my favorite ideas.

We've just covered the first 10 micro-chapters in order. This is the 11th.

Then we're going to explore some of my favorites across those seven Objectives we talked about in the last little +1°.

Let's get to work.


As you may have noticed, we’re already well into the first Objective.

Before we continue, I’d like to ask you a quick question…

Do you happen to know what the word hero means?

(I didn’t either until I read Christopher McDougall’s great book Natural Born Heroes.)

It’s another ancient Greek word.

Etymologically, the word hero doesn’t mean “killer of bad guys” or “tough guy” or anything like that it.

It means “PROTECTOR.”

A hero has strength for two. And, very importantly, a hero is willing to do the hard work to have that strength for two.

And do you know what the secret weapon of the ancient hero was?


It’s love that fuels our commitment to do that hard work to have the strength for two. It’s love that gives us the courage to be willing to act in the presence of fear. It’s love that gives us the discipline to do what needs to get done whether we feel like it or not.


If you haven’t noticed, our world needs heroes today more than ever before.

We have pandemic levels of anxiety and depression and diabetes and cancer and political polarization and social injustice and environmental degradation.

And the only possible way we are going to meet those historically significant challenges and create a more noble and virtuous world for ourselves and for our kids and for their kids is if each of us steps up and starts showing up as the best, most Heroic versions of ourselves.

To put it directly…


We just need you to step up and start acting like it.

It’s time to activate your Heroic potential.

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