As human beings we are all on the hero’s journey. We will encounter opportunities in our lives where we will be given a choice. Answer the call to action or stay behind?
9/11 is a reminder of the deadly attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. It is also a day in which we should take a pause… say thank you to the universe… and remember we all have the capacity to be a hero.
Welles Crowther, "The Man in the Red Bandanna," was a 24-year-old equities trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower on 9/11. Minutes after United 175 hit the World Trade Center he led a heroic charge to save the lives of the people around him. Answering the call to action, Welles covered his face with a red bandanna, draped an injured woman over his back and ordered people to follow him. Through the soot and smoke Welles led people down the only passable stairway 17 floors down to a team of firefighters. Welles refused to stay behind and went back up for more.
The red handkerchief that he wore was given to him after church one Sunday by his father. He wore it in his hockey helmet as a boy, under his fireman helmet as a volunteer firefighter as a teen, and under his lacrosse helmet while attending Boston College. He wore it every day in his suit pocket. “The Man in the Red Bandanna” was found with a team of firefighters making their way back up the stairwell to save more lives. It’s been reported that Welles Crowther saved as many as 18 lives.
A select few will encounter an instance like Welles Crowther in their lives. But we will all encounter opportunities where we will be given a choice to answer the call to action or stay behind.
When an opportunity presents itself push through the uncertainty, insecurity and fear. In business and in life we have the opportunity to change the world. Every customer interaction, every client relationship, every employee that we mentor is an opportunity to be a hero.