It seems we’ve made a major mistake in your training—it’s my fault. I assumed too much, but even so, I was shocked that so many of you don’t understand what really makes a hero. I know, because many of you have started to question whether you are a hero—as if that wasn’t part of the gig!
It is with the gravest tone I write to inform you that I have learned we have an imposter in our ranks. I didn’t think it was so, but here we are, and I wanted to address it post-haste: yes, I’m told some of you don’t feel like heroes. That beyond the ordinary ups and downs of not feeling very strong, brave, or heroic, many of you feel as though you tricked your way into the rank and file of heroes who are fundamentally different than you, and you are, in fact, an imposter.
What strange times we find ourselves in! I’m writing to warn you of a great disease—a virus I haven’t seen in years, spreading faster than it ever has before. It’s moving person to person, interaction to interaction. And while it’s harmless to most, it can be quite fatal to some. I’m speaking, of course, of the age old evil: fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
I find myself reflecting today on one of my favorite quotes about heroes. But it’s a bit of a pesky quote, in part because I can’t seem to figure out who originally said it. It seems to have been originally written by GK Chesterton, the joyful (and occasionally pompous) British author with a knack for great one-liners (and even better books). But the quote was made popular by David Ogilvy, the real-life person who inspired the character of Don Draper in Mad Men. It was one of his maxims for life, and it goes something like this: