As a kid my heroes were fictional.
I grew up reading Harry Potter, Asterix and Obelix, and Lord of the Rings.
Whenever I faced challenges I thought about the characters in these stories and how easy it was for them to solve everything: Harry had a magic wand, same as Gandalf, and Asterix just had to drink a bit of the druid's magic potion to become invincible.
As an adult, I still have heroes.
The only difference is that now my heroes are real.
They're humans without "superpowers" other than an obsessive persistence and focus on excellence.
They weren't born with any particular ability or talent.
They are just determined to be better every day.
I'm of course talking about Cameron Hanes, David Goggins, and Courtney Dauwalter.
Cameron runs about 15 miles per day year-round just to be at his best when he goes bowhunting.
David keeps showing us that the only limits we have are self-imposed and in our brains. He runs at least 20 miles per day and does multiple ultra-marathons per month.
His superpower? Do whatever it takes to get to the finish line.
Courtney is the current record holder of the Moab 240. She works through pain like no other human I've seen. And she does it with a smile on her face!
My heroes are real and have taught me that focus, consistency, and enjoyment are a powerful combination to achieve great things.
So, as Cameron would say: Just keep hammering 🔨🔨🔨