EVERYDAY HERO STORIES
Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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LIVE LIFE
THE VALUE STORY For as long as I can remember, I have been particularly close to my family. I share many passions and interests with my father, mother, and sister, and we spend a great deal of time together enjoying one another's company. As a result, the values that my parents hold have become deeply instilled in my identity as...
SUBMITTED BY ALEXANDER ROUDE
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FAMILY
NEW HOMES, SAME FAMILY When people ask me where I grew up, I can never give a solid answer. I've moved nine times in six different states and have never lived somewhere consistently for more than 3 years. Throughout all these moves, houses would change, schools would change, and even friends would change. However, family was always a...
SUBMITTED BY AUSTIN
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OPTIMISM
SMILE #Values When I was in second grade and my parents constantly fought and eventually got divorced, my big brother always told me to smile. Smile, and it would be okay. Smile, try to be optimistic, and things would get better. And they did. It’s unhealthy to pout and be upset for extended periods of time, so I...
SUBMITTED BY ALANA
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
NEVER STOP MAKING A DIFFERENCE Coming from a family of teachers and medical professionals, the impact of making a difference has been apparent to me from a young age. Contributing to a cause bigger than myself has incredible meaning in my life, because I wouldn't be where I am without others helping me along in the darkest of times....
SUBMITTED BY CONNOR DAUGHERTY
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HOPE
HOPE Hope has been a core value of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I hated going to high school and living in a small town. Hope was the only thing that got me through my 8 years of middle/high school. When I came to college I thought my life was set, but then I went through an event that...
SUBMITTED BY SAM
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LOVE
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE IN A BUSY WORLD I think love is an incredibly important value, especially as we get older and busier. With little time to invest in activities, we might end up taking the relationships in our life for granted. However, I was always raised to remember that the most important things in life aren't monetary or even tangible. My...
SUBMITTED BY VINEELA APPALANENI
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FAMILY
MY SUPPORT SYSTEM Ever since I was young, my parents and older brother have always cheered me on - whether it was at a dance competition, piano recital, or an academic accomplishment. They were there even when I attempted 1 of 10 sports, only to later realize I just wasn’t that athletic. Point is - they never stopped to tell me I...
SUBMITTED BY AYEESHA
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OPTIMISM
LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE It is pretty obvious how other people's mood and feelings affect your own mood and feelings - if you are going though the day and someone that is constantly angry or sad it can make you annoyed, sad or even angry too. During high school I was going through the classic rebellious teenager phase in which I would...
SUBMITTED BY MARCELA
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FRIENDSHIP
FRIENDSHIP PULLS YOU THROUGH When I was little, I thought everything was the way it should be. I thought that nothing would ever change. I had great friends, great parents, and a loving family. One day, all of my friends moved away. I thought that I would never be able to make new friends, but I did. That day, I realized what friendship...
SUBMITTED BY KATE TANNENBAUM
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COMMITMENT
A DETERMINED FATHER As a boy from a broken family, I didn’t have anything handed to me on a silver platter. At an early age I worked with my Uncle and got a paper route. I worked odd jobs because I was too young to legally work. Not because I wanted to work, but because I wanted things every child wants. For me it was a game...
SUBMITTED BY VIRALDAY
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BELIEVE
BELIEVE I'm only twelve and i'm out of this world. When i start to listen music... It's like I'm opening a door of my dream world. I sing a lot and i wanna be a singer... I have plans and I just believe in myself. But other people don't believe in me YET. I know its hard to believe when ur friend tells you: you know i...
SUBMITTED BY LINA
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GIVING BACK
ADOPTEE SEEKS AND FINDS It took over twenty years to find my non-identifying birth information, never knowing my half sibling sister was also searching for her sister. Her Mom gave up for adoption. A fantastic online search registry put us together. On Super Bowl Sunday in 2000, contact was made! Two sisters connected and...
SUBMITTED BY MARIA OROZCO
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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
ALWAYS BE HUMBLE AND KIND My twin brother and I were raised by our grandparents. They have taught us so many things about life, but the one thing that has always stuck with me is to always be humble and kind no matter what you do in life. My grandpa always told us no matter where life leads you, always remember your values and where you...
SUBMITTED BY NICOLE MANSFIELD
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ACHIEVEMENT
PASSING THE 5TH GRADE I was so nervous about if I get to go the next grade or not. But when I got the report card I slowly opened it and checked. And it said I was going to the next grade. I danced so much and knew that my parents would be so happy for me.
SUBMITTED BY JACOBIE OROZCO
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CONFIDENCE
FROM STRESS TO STRENGTH Being jobless for the last three months I am depressed now a days. My son has lost his admission from a good school and he might have to go to a less qualitative school. I have moved from a spacious apartment to a lesser apartment in order to reduce my living expenses. My wife has built extra stress. On top of...
SUBMITTED BY JUNAID TAHIR
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