My hero is my Nan. She was a huge influence on me growing up and is at the centre of many happy memories. She taught me to gamble (1p & 2p pieces back then!). She taught me kindness. Despite her being blinded in one eye as a kid, I never heard her complain once. She was, for me, the definition of the word ‘hero’. I miss her. I’m grateful for her.
My hero is my grandpa. He taught me discipline, hard work & humility. Despite not finishing primary school and only starting to learn English in his 30s, he managed to build a successful business. He would always be at the dining table solving problems (no such thing as manuals back then) and finding ways to do things better. His legacy is my reminder to stay hungry and keep on going.
My hero is my Nan. She grew up on a farm so she really knew what hard work was. She married a returned prisoner of war and tragically widowed at quite a young age. A widow’s seminar helped her decide to make the most of her life! Always busy helping her friends and family… She taught me the values of independence and gratitude.
My hero is my Dad. He is incredibly kind, humble, connected and giving. He feeds children breakfast before school, the homeless a healthy meal each week and always finds time to coach and support anyone (and there are a lot of people) who turn-up at his door. He truly loves and cares for his family, community, and strangers. In my two year old’s words – Pa listens.
My hero is my Mother, having to raise me and my sister as a single parent (and we weren’t the best kids at times!) on a single income and putting us through one of the best schools in Launceston. She worked her backside off for us up until we moved out of home. Her hard work and dedication to her kids are things I’ve always admired and looked up to.
Ken Thompson is a computer engineer who influenced the development of almost all modern computer technology. He made his developments publicly available for the benefit of all. However, his influence is not known outside the programming community. This is a testament to his humility. His work was simply the product of his hobbies and that’s how I’d like to spend my life.
My hero – my mum. Mum’s life has had its ups and downs – starting ongoing chemo treatment in the midst of a divorce. Apart from the occasional “Well, this sucks!” she has never slowed down, and has been an ongoing source of positivity in my life. She gives me perspective and the ability to put a positive spin on any situation
My hero is my Mum. She is the main reason I am interested in Business/Marketing fostering my desire to help other people and their businesses grow. Her ability to talk to virtually anyone and get along with them is amazing. Watching her take on new business ventures and projects, without fear of failure is something that I aspire to.
I have two heros. Mom & Dad. Epitome of true love. They are positive, kind, compassionate & extremely happy people. Despite having an unfair share of struggles – losing several children, cancer, financial losses, dementia – they have no negativity or a single complaint. They are forever thankful and have a cheery, positive outlook. They have taught me that life is beautiful no matter what.
My grandmother Helen – γιαγιά Ελένη – is my hero. No matter what hardship she was facing, she never had a mean bone in her body. She was always kind, loving and generous. She played a huge part in raising me and shaping me into the person I have become today. My γιαγιά Ελένη was not only special to me, but to everyone who was lucky enough to know her.
A hero of mine is Darth Vader. He made many sacrifices and worked tirelessly for the Empire to bring peace and order to the Galaxy. The Empire brought unity, technological advancement, economic growth and stability to billions. Yes, Darth had identity issues and dealt with a Rebellion in a heavy handed manner but we can all learn from his tenacity, vision and strong leadership.
My Hero is my Dad. He taught me to always help people no matter the cost to you. He also pushed me to take risks. He is the one who encouraged me to take the risk to start over in Australia and supported me during the initial struggle.
My hero is Madison De Rozario, she is a three-time Paralympian before the age of 24. Even though she proclaims not to be competitive in nature, her sheer determination, courage, and desire to succeed are relentless. She is the epitome of the saying “if there is a will, there’s a way.”
When I think of my heroes, my dog Ace tops the list. One of the most friendly, good-natured and laziest dogs there is. After tearing a ligament in his leg he went through months of physical therapy. His constant upbeat attitude during the recovery, wanting to run, jumping and pushing through despite a limp. No whimpers through it all – that’s something to aspire to.
A lot of people around me are my hero and inspire me. Neville Page has a creative mind that continues to amaze me. After having heard him speak at AGIdeas, he stuck with me as someone who can think outside the box and design and create amazing things. He has achieved amazing heights as a conceptual designer. Aiming to think like he does gives me my own creative drive.
My hero is Wim ‘Iceman’ Hof. He’s a great inspiration not merely for his 26 world records like climbing Mt. Everest in just shorts but for his profound and impactful contribution to humanity. He’s made it his mission to share his knowledge and wisdom to help everyone be happy, strong & healthy. The amazing thing about Wim is that he’s able to empower anyone to do what he does.
Kevin Smith is a big hero of mine. He’s always had the “indie” filmmaker mindset. He created the films he wanted to see. His films aren’t blockbusters and don’t cater to everyone. Even after 20+ years in an industry full of compromise, Kevin Smith has always done things he loved. He goes against the grain and stays true to his values.
Broccoli is amazing. It gives loads of nutrients but for years and years, our poor friend broccoli is hated and scrutinised! Broccoli is always there just doing it’s thing helping us everyday despite all the hate and saying nothing back until it becomes your best friend. We should all be a little bit more like broccoli, ignoring the haters, just being ourselves and doing what we do.