I've always loved this quote - it speaks to anyone who has fought hard to achieve something, whether or not they won. It's a beautiful description of how a life of purpose feels - and each time I read it it brings tears to my eyes. This quote took on new meaning when I saw it on the wall of my grandpa's office shortly after he passed away. I didn't really know my grandpa, yet he was my hero. I knew enough about his professional accomplishments to admire him. I knew enough of his athletic ability to know that I had athletic genes. I knew enough of his standards to understand that he would never be proud of anything other than my best. That's all I needed to know for him to be my hero, and for him to inspire me to achieve things I might not have otherwise considered. I think that's what a hero is fundamentally, someone who can set an example of what's possible.
This blog is a project to investigate and understand the limits and capabilities of individuals individually and collectively to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. Success is not an overnight phenomenon, it's a result of showing up every day to do the best you can on that day. It's the combined efforts of a community to improve the way its members approach their lives. Most importantly, it's individually defined - to succeed, you must know what you consider success.