What makes a hero? | Impossible is a human construction |

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On Wednesday I had to go into Grey Lynn for a meeting about a project I currently have in the works, someone in that meeting asked me who my heroes were.

I provided her with two personas: one a filmmaker, the other a straight edge social activist. Those two people are most definitely my heroes, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I could have said many other names, I could have told her my hero is the guy that invented Paywave because that thing is so easy for me to use. I could have said that my hero was Batman because, duh, a cape.

I personally don’t believe a hero has to do profound things like save cities and cure diseases, I think that the measure of heroic-ness is entirely subjective, because this is my line of thinking, my list of potential heroes is endless.

From Madonna to the guy who puts two McDonalds sauces in the bag instead of one – I could consider them all my heroes because they all do something great, they’ve all done things that have either affected me personally either through a medium or in interaction.

That is what I thought a hero was. I thought a hero was someone who affects you in some sense whether it be directors whose films change the way you see the world or McDonald’s workers who by giving you #2 sauces provide you with just a little bit more happiness.

A part of me still believes that a part of me still believes that a hero is someone who affects you. However, in the past few days, I have come to see that what makes a true hero is someone who is prepared to show you what is possible, and it is by showing you this that they affect your lives.

Let me explain

Someone like Casey Neistat makes an advertisement video for Nike, he shows you through this medium that anything is possible, even if you start out with everything against you, you can find success. Him showing you, what is possible through a film. That then affects your life, shapes you and challenges what you thought – the impact of Neistat’s films upon you could even make Casey Neistat one of your heroes (Neistat is most definitely one of my heroes.)

I think being a hero’s requires a two-step method, a hero is a person who

  1. Shows someone what is possible


  2.  Affects lives (either one persons or a large group) because of that

I hope at this point you’re thinking ‘Grace, how did you come to this conclusion’

Well in the past few days I have done a few things that I thought I would never do and met some people that make the future all the more exciting. Those people have shown me that some things I thought were impossible in fact are possible, that not only makes a hero, that also makes for amazing friends.


I decided to write this piece because as people we’re always searching for potential heroes. People to look up to, motivate us, inspire our own lives; this is to remind you to search for people that show you what is possible because those people are the ones that will have the most profound effect on your life.

Impossible is a human construction and a hero, is someone who understands this.


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