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Heroism begins and heroic voices sound off when people are compelled to stand up for justice. Acting from instinct and impulse, heroes know what’s right and act without overthinking.

You block heroism when you have too much time on your hands — letting you weigh odds and consequences — instead of going with your gut. Turned loose, heroic voices pierce the darkness like streaming comets.

People are heroes when they refuse to bow before those doing the oppression and speak up for those oppressed, following the example of leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” he said in a 1965 speech in Selma, Alabama.

Silence is implicit endorsement of injustice. There is no secret ballot to cure abuse.

Heroism can come at personal cost, but it’s a price with high rewards for everyone when injustice is defeated. Protests for just causes require heroism because the people involved willingly risk their own welfare to make their voices heard.

Heroes leave egos at the door. They draw on their inner kindness with humility as an afterthought.

The average person typically cringes at the hero tag. Culture dictates modesty. Yet, if someone calls you a hero, say thanks. Don’t blow off praise, even though it might make you uncomfortable. Accept that you made others happy, which is what counts.

About The Author

Jim Katzaman is a manager at Largo Financial Services and worked in public affairs for the Air Force and federal government. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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