Matthew McConaughey made what some considered a strange speech at the Oscars last night, where he spoke of being asked who his hero was and giving a very curious answer. Here’s basically what he said:
When he was a teen, someone asked him who his hero was. He responded that he was his own hero. Or he would be in ten years. The same person came back to him in 10 years and asked him if he’d become his own hero yet. McConaughey responded with some surprise that, no, he hadn’t yet, but that he expected to be his own hero in ten more years.
Some were perplexed by this little parable, thinking either that it made no sense or that it was an ego trip of massive proportions. Neither is true. McConaughey was making a point about self-growth and goal setting.
Nope, I’m not yanking your chain. That’s what I believe his message was.
In order to grow as a person, you have to strive for it. You can’t just sit back and take each day as it comes, reacting but not planning or attempting to learn anything or improve the results. You have to set a goal to be a better person tomorrow, next week, next month, or in 10 years. You have to strive to improve…to learn…to reach a series of smaller goals that will ultimately help you hone in on a much bigger one. You’ll most likely never quite reach that goal, because you’ll always know you can be better. You can do better. You can improve. But you’ll continue to grow. Because you’re actively working toward that goal.
And in the end, that’s all you really need to do. Be the best you can be at any given moment…and know that you will continue to find a way to be better.