Every hero doesn’t go do this great big hero thing. They do the simple thing over and over and over. And they have the persistence and they stick to it.
No matter how much technology has evolved, it comes back to human will, human chutzpah, human resilience.
–Matthew McConaughey discussing Interstellar in Time.
The word hero makes a lot of us uncomfortable. Usually, it denotes men laden with guns and body armor or blackened bunker gear while crucial and less dramatics acts go unnoticed–such as kindness amidst spiritual disillusionment; protecting someone even when it draws ridicule; choosing simplicity over consumption or emotional/social exile instead of cruelty.
Most acts of courage are plain and down to earth. Quiet. Soft. Invisible. They encompass selflessness, which does not seek to draw attention to itself so often they go unappreciated until the actors are gone. How many heroes do we run on everyday and never notice?
Who amongst us does the simple yet right thing, over and over and over and sticks with it even when no one is watching?
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.