A true and great hero died last week.
Most knew him as Robert Succop Whiteside – a decorated (for heroism) World War II naval officer, distinguished graduate of Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon) at a time when it was more prestigious than Yale, successful business man, epic world traveler, and more.
I knew him as Opa – my grand-dad. I was one of the lucky ones.
We need heroes – I believe now more than ever. Granted, we’re not at war with Axis powers. But in a society on the brink of economic and ecological ruin that’s bleeding-out of vigor, audacity, and morality – I’d say some good ol’ fashioned heroism is precisely the ass-kicking we need.
This is not propaganda to become a robotic replica of the rich-and-famous. This is a honest plea to find those truly authentic and heroic persons in your life, learn from them, and become a hero yourself.
This quest starts with a simple question – who is your hero?
PS – If you’d like to learn more about my beloved Opa and discover how his epic example can inspire you, please read my tribute to him. It’d mean a lot to preserving his legacy. Thank you!