Become Your Own Hero


My cousin calls me Quote Boy. If you have a problem, I have a quote.

“Dave, I’m heartbroken.”

“Love that is not reciprocated flows back and purifies the heart.” -Washington Irving

“Dave, I’m sick.”

“Congestion is the basis of sickness. Circulation is the basis of healing.” -Ancient Eastern proverb

“Dave, I eat way too much.”

“I feel badly for the ladies on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”  -Erma Bombeck

“Dave, you’re late.”

“Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.”  -Rumi

But most of these quotes are relics from another era.

Who in today’s world is saying the things that will be remembered by future generations? Where are they? Who are the future Maya Angelous, who is the next Rumi, where is the new MLK?


Last week I was in Boston working on my next big project with Happier. I stayed with friends who wanted to show me their 18 year-old daughter Ines’ graduation speech.

Okay. Sure. How do you say no?

Ines proceeded to tell her graduating class the story of her early high school years; and how she dressed in over-sized t-shirts and ratty sneakers.

She was ashamed of her body, comparing herself to a “garden vegetable.”

Whether you are 17 or 47, maybe you can relate?

But then Ines had her moment. She told her peers how she spent one summer at art school, and hung out with the right crowd, with her crowd.

“You are the average of the 5 people who hang out with most,” said Tim Ferris

But enough of other peoples’ quotes. Let Ines speak.

“A lot of people [at art school] wore blue lipstick, polk-a-dots, grew their leg hair out, and felt good doing whatever they wanted. And these people told me that my body was beautiful. And I thought they were beautiful because they thought they were beautiful.”

Wow. Okay, that struck me.

Then Ines said something that should be on every Facebook page, every quote website, every Pinterest board, and every Twitter account in the universe:

“I decided that I was pretty.

“I decided that I deserved to feel pretty.

“I decided that I was worthy.

“I deserve happiness and I’m worthy of happiness!”




Could anyone on Super Soul Sunday have said it any better?

Ines reminds us all that you don’t have to read a bestselling book, or take a crowded workshop, or eliminate certain food groups to learn your Truth.

Because your Truth cannot be learned. Acceptance cannot be achieved.  Happiness cannot be found.

Ines reminds us…you have to make the decision NOW, today, that you ARE all those things you hope to become.


No one is going to do this for you. Not your crush, nor your boss, nor your partner, and especially not your guru.

So instead of just moving on to the next blog or email, make the decision right now and fill in the blank:

Today, I decided that I was ______.  #IamMyHero.

(Visit here to watch Ines speech)

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