Evoke tells our own stories so that we might too inspire
I can't quite remember if I've ever held a real person in such regard as to call them my hero, except maybe my father for a time; but most of us go through a similar stage in life. On the other hand, fictional characters have been on my mind ever since I first stepped into the library at school and found the many works within, and have been a continued influence to this day. At first it may seem a little silly to consider works of fantasy or science fiction as something to look up to. For one, you can't exactly shadow them like any other heroic influence, and the actions they take fade when you put the book down, or when the author decides for the story to end. But how is this any different from a hero in the real world? You only know as much about them as you chose to explore, and they too can decide when their own story will subside.
Having never been a conventional individual, let me offer another thought. Why settle for just a single story, or even a single individual within a story? While we are certainly influenced by the people we admire, we are shaped and moved by our peers and communities each and every day. It has always been like this in the past, and the only change I see in our modern era and the future is that these communities will only grow in size thanks to the technological advances in communication.
One can't be too surprised to immediately think of Citizen X; and other 'anons', when we consider the internet amongst these innovations. But there are many groups out there to admire, which is where I found my own choice of heroes when I felt the need to be inspired outside of some crazy adventure. Thanks to the internet, the people at TED
are getting new and innovative ideas out to the people who would normally never have the opportunity to listen. With each additional speaker presenting their thoughts, it's not too difficult to imagine the benefits. However, there is a more recent example I can give, and one that likely hits closer home in regards to anyone reading this.
With all that I have said so far, I hope no one is surprised when I say that it is ourselves
in the Evoke training program.