Where do heroes come from?
In the classic definition, a hero exemplifies bravery, strength, courage, and honor. In today’s world of instant gratification, one-click ordering, and technology, where do we find people who possess such traits?
Just look around you, heroes are everywhere.
Fortune Magazine recently released their second annual list of “Heroes of the 500” which highlights 55 stand-out individuals who do their part each day to make the world they live in, and the world at large, a better place.
“Nearly 27 million people go to work for the Fortune 500 companies every day. We found 55 of them—sometimes working together—whose extraordinary acts of bravery, kindness and selflessness are changing people’s lives.”
From Anne Cheung, a scientist at the biopharmaceutical company Biogen (No. 298), who used a small referral bonus to seed a scholarship program for girls in Cameroon and eventually founded the non-profit A2Empowerment, to Comcast (No. 43) network engineer Harry Behrens who has turned a backyard garden that was planted to help a poor neighbor into Impact Harvest, a fresh produce non-profit that gives away over $25,000 worth of fresh food every year.
The list is inspiring, humbling, and motivating. The stories told, and the people who lived them, serve as beautiful reminders that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.
Do you know a hero? Forward this article to them and offer them a simple word of thanks for the gifts they give to the world.
Read the full list here: www.fortune.com/heroes-of-the-fortune-500