Personal Narrative: What Makes A Hero

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Not to take away from that football player 's accomplishments in any way—I 'm a great admirer of excellence in any form—but I found nothing about him even remotely heroic. I wondered if he was ever introduced to my patient if he wouldn 't find the label a bit embarrassing himself.

What actually makes a hero? I 'd argue it 's the willingness to make a personal sacrifice for the benefit of others. If you don 't find yourself having to resist a voice inside your head urging you to save yourself instead of whatever action you 're contemplating, my heart, at least, will refuse to recognize your actions—however legitimately compassionate or courageous they may be—as heroic. Serving others while simultaneously serving oneself can be noble,

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