A Modest Hero and His legacy

I still remember the time and the place. Our teacher had brought in his portable TV with the ‘rabbit ears’ antenna to school, and we all sat glued to that set while we marveled at what was unfolding before us.

Neil Armstrong, Pioneer

In grainy black and white pictures we all watched enthralled as Neil Armstrong tentatively took those first steps on to the lunar surface and declared his immortal words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” And now he is gone. He will remain etched in my memory as the man who led the way into a new era of possibility.

Much will be said about Neil Armstrong and his remarkable life over the weeks and months to come. About how he served his country well through selfless sacrifice with an unquestioning commitment to a greater cause, at a time when the title ‘hero’ actually meant something of substance. A modest and humble man who shunned publicity even though his feats inspired a generation of young people like myself. How different it is today in this era of social media and instant celebrity for deeds of doubtful substance… where genuine modesty and humility has given way to the dogma of the ‘personal brand,’ and where legends are created in 5 minutes and disappear in 10.

I’d like you take a minute to think of who or what has inspired you in your lifetime to this point. It may be an amazing event, or it may be a person and their incredible deeds, but if you still remember the time vividly to this day and remember exactly what you were doing at that time, then the chances are that what is etched in your memory had the capacity way back then to inspire you to dream and to dare. And if somehow that feeling has been lost along the way over the years in between, then maybe it is time to reacquaint yourself with what made it special for you and more importantly, why. You may like to ask yourself again if you are willing to tap into that part of you that dreams, that believes, and desires to do something about it.

For me, as I relive that day when I watched Neil Armstrong take that giant leap of faith on behalf of all of humankind, I am once again reminded of someone who had the courage to commit to a cause, and the humility to accept that it took a special team of people to get him there. And if Armstrong’s passing has done nothing else, it has served to remind me that it is never too late to dream and to dare.

What about you? I would love to hear from you, as you think back to a time that left an imprint in your life, and the special legacy it left for you.

Until next time… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less.

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About Brian Clark

Brian Clark is the principal director of Precision Profiling®.

He is a renowned practitioner, writer and speaker on building total customer cultures; values driven leadership and world best practice strategy and implementation.

He has been a guest lecturer on world best practice for the executive management programme at Monash University’s business college (Mt Eliza campus); an adviser to and key note speaker for the Singapore Productivity Association and a consultant to many major Australian and overseas corporations and government departments.

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