Be Your Own Hero

What makes a leader heroic?

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In 2011, Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, was one of 10 people to win the CNN Heroes award. Here, Derreck describes what makes a leader heroic.

“Good God, do we need some heroes around here,” he emphasizes. “People who care about others, and create environments in which our children can be safe and the environment can be safe from all of our shenanigans.”

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I won the CNN Heroes award in 2011 with nine other people, and it was such a wonderful thing. When people call people “heroes,” the ones that I'd call heroes tend to be very cautious about it, and be very nice and say, "Oh, I'm not really a hero, come on." And sort of do the denial piece. But you are really a hero and you should claim it. Because then we need to figure out, how do we begin to make heroes out of people?

Don't shy away from being a hero. And most people shy away from being a hero because it is taxing. It requires your dedication. It requires time, patience, failure. And so when you go through all of those things. Yes, then we can call you a hero, because, boy. Good God, do we need some heroes around here. People who care about others, and create environments in which our children can be safe and the environment can be safe from all of our shenanigans.

I enjoy being a hero because I can inspire people to become their own heroes. Stop reading books about other people's heroism. Become your own hero! So that's what I love about it. I love being a hero.
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Derreck Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo was born January 25, 1970, in Kampala, Uganda, just before General Idi Amin Dada seized power in a military coup. The new regime became known for its brutality, and today Idi Amin is one of history's most notorious dic...

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