Heroes in Our Lives "Hardship and adversity are burdens we will all experience. The tough times challenge our strength; whether we are ready or not. Be reminded that the struggles you might be enduring today are not yours alone. Others have faced similar burdens; seek out their stories. Let their conquest over the storms serve as proof that better days are ahead, and that you too will overcome and emerge stronger on the other side. Allow those who have already walked the path to guide, inspire, and encourage you. Let their triumph over trial comfort your worries and anxieties. Storms never last forever, stay expectant, stay positive. The wisdom to pull you through is all around you, continue to search for it, never give up, until you are on the other side." (from the blog: TheSeeds4Life July 13, 2016) “Heroes” is about Leadership, Motivation, Inspiration, Communication, Attitude and how you can help a friend, yourself and your team. Ed delivers his message with clear and compelling stories. There is emotion, humor, relevancy in his messages. Do you want to deliver comfort, drive change, build trust, or inspire bigger dreams? The context you seek is woven into the message. Ed’s stories move your audience to think and act. They will remember his stories and the message they convey much longer than a deck of slides can convey. Role models help us get out of our comfort zone; go the extra mile when we really want to quit; keep fighting when we are afraid of the next step; find a solution when the options look completely hopeless. "Where can I look to find an example for guidance?" "When my outlook is a little clouded how can I find optimism again?" "How can I help others find their heroes?" There are countless ways to travel the path to success. Countless steps on the path. Ed has developed Decoding the Path to Success as a means to understand the very specific steps we must take, to find our success. One of the components of this process is Heroes in Our Lives. We have heroes and role models if we’ll look for them. People and events from all stages of our lives. We choose our heroes and some are more accidental. Authors, artists, military heroes, family, athletes political figures are among the sources for our role models. This is Motivational, Instructional and will create a desire, if not need, for Introspection. Heroes are a response to a deep and powerful impulse, the need to emulate and idealize. Sometimes they sit in our subconscious until we need them. Quoting Ed: “Wouldn’t we conclude that our role models and heroes helped us establish and maintain our values? Our standards? And the answer is yes. The values are there for us to stand on. They get us through the tough times. The failures. And set us up for Success. Would it be a valuable exercise to review your life and list the heroes, the role models? Start with the earliest experiences you can recall. Call up negative and positive events. Fun and devastating events. You will discover what they stand for and what they mean to you. And I think you’ll realize they’ve been there for quite a while. Everyone I interviewed had that “aha moment.” The longer we talked the more they came to realize the heroes in their lives.” He recently addressed 400 members of the North Carolina Assn. of Health Underwriters, those most affected by the regulated actions of the Affordable Care Act (Obama care). He is a frequent speaker and college lecturer. Ed is also a frequent guest on the Sirius/XM (#142) radio production: A Matter Of Your Health: The 30 Minute Health Magazine. Ed’s speaking engages the audience, delivers with humor and relevance, and uses stories to set the message. Value to Members Ed’s purpose is to add value and deliver solutions to his audiences. He weaves the solutions into specific lessons which we can implement now. You will feel the emotion of lessons brought by Role Models. You will leave with the mission to evaluate your own Heroes. You will know that you must pass along the example of their legacy. It is not yours to own, it is yours to pass forward! Biography Ed Gideon is founder of Breakthroughs for Success, a consulting and executive coaching company. He is the author of Breakthroughs for Success. For almost 5 decades Ed has consulted and owned businesses in every segment of the economy. Professional, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, military, local government, academia. His messages were forged from practice, experience and no theory. When implemented, his guidance takes you to the points of success you seek.