A hero is defined as a “person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” It does not mean that the hero is perfect, but rather they have admirable qualities and or have performed admirably. A hero creates patterns or models for us to follow.

What type of heroes do we have in our lives? Who are the heroes of the children around us? Are they sports stars or celebrities? Are they politicians or other historical figures? On the list of heroes in our lives we should make sure that we have innovators. After studying the lives of well over one hundred innovators, we have seen patterns and models we can follow to become more innovative and more successful.

The three short videos below were created for children and clearly show attributes of successful innovators. Thomas Edison and his ability to keep trying different approaches until he found success. George Washington Carver and his ability to stay focused on his tasks despite incredible distractions and obstacles. Guglielmo Marconi and his ability to continue even when others around him told him he would not succeed. Maybe we should consider having some innovators as personal heroes and making sure that the next generation do this as well. You might just help create a better and more innovative place.

Thomas Edison


George Washington Carver


Guglielmo Marconi