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What makes a hero? According to the dictionary a hero is “a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.” Habitually, most people would consider an altruistic person to be heroic. Others would regard someone who made a profound impact on their lives as heroic. Its meaning varies with each individual. In actuality, every person has an individual, fictional or non-fictional, whom they strive or desire to become, and/or rely on for strength and wisdom. There are several characteristics that every hero should possess. First, a hero must be true to him or herself. In other words, a hero cannot attempt, or pretend, to be something he or she isn’t. You cannot be a hero if you cannot accept who you are. You cannot act bravely or care for others if you lack self-confidence. You cannot defend your beliefs if your self-esteem is low. This trait, this quality, is the basis upon which the other traits are built. Second, a hero must possess some degree of courage. It is the hero’s vehicle, which he or she must ride effectively in order to arrive at and from his or her destination. The slightest hesitation or waiver could bring about disastrous consequences. If you doubt yourself halfway into a burning house, you could either acquire serious injuries or you could perish. Finally, a hero must be altruistic. How can you be considered a hero if you only care about yourself? This trait coincides with the first. You cannot have one without the other. Helping and accepting others is helping and accepting you. By helping others, it also helps you to discover your true purpose in life. It is the standard by which all heroes, new and old, follow. What makes a hero? A hero arises only when he or she is able to accept him or herself, to find and use his or her courage effectively, and to care for others. These are universals and stay true no matter the variation. The common...

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