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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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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CLASS AND GRACE
GRANDMOTHER'S NOSE I remember 20 family members sharing a room...which at night was the bedroom; and at different times during the day - dressing room, breakfast table(s), lunch room, snack table(s), home work center, prayer room. Also, a home that warmly welcomed and accommodated visitors! The central theme..."every place a thing...
SUBMITTED BY DEANNE
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DETERMINATION
HOW ROCK BOTTOM BECAME THE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING MY CAREER So, here we are at the end of the year. My daughter’s birth month so a time I always get incredibly nostalgic. I’ve read a lot of people’s autobiographies over the year and taken so much inspiration and motivation from them. So, I’ve decided to pluck up the courage and share a little of my own. To remind those...
SUBMITTED BY SHARON BALLARD
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CRAB CLAW In the summer of 2017 I had a firework go off in my right hand and ended up loosing my index finger, middle finger, end of my ring finger and the end off my thumb. All in all it was still a good day because I was still Alive and knowing it could have been a lot worse. When I got to the hospital my parents...
SUBMITTED BY WESLEY WILLIAMS
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COMMITMENT
CHUCK, WES, ANDREW, HUNTER SEMP These guys have lived to serve others in their lives. They have chosen paths that require commitment and a centered life. They live to make the world a better place. As teenagers they sang gospel music anywhere that could, anytime. As adults, they have chosen careers of service. Self sacrifice has always been...
SUBMITTED BY JEAN
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE 2017 was an excellent year to hike the Appalachian Trail. With so many people breaking records, challenging their physical limits and embarking on the journey of a lifetime, an influx of amazing people walked along this Trail, inspiring everyone they met. It almost seemed like a divine, cosmic event, that such...
SUBMITTED BY SANDRA "SHEHULK" SACHS
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