What Makes Someone A Hero? with Steve Gamlin – RFL005

What Makes Someone A Hero? – Episode Overview

Steve Gamlin, motivational speaker, author and master inspirer joins Jay to discuss the power of giving and service in our lives. He shares how the simple things can not only have a significant impact on others, but on ourselves. Helping our young adults learn how easy it is to do random acts of kindness, builds a powerful lifetime habit of noticing and acting in a giving and supportive way. It’s what makes someone a hero.


What Makes Someone A Hero, Steve Gamlin PhotoSteve Gamlin is the creator of Motivational Firewood – he brings the ideas to set your service and giving heart aflame. A funny, authentic and inspiring guy, he builds his days around finding opportunities to do something simple yet powerful for someone else. He tunes in. He watches. Then he delivers. Small, important and meaningful things. Then he shares the inpact of making a difference in his world to inspire us to do the same. He shares his ideas of how today’s young adults can make a profound difference in their worlds. With all of the pressure to make big life decisions, Steve reminds us that some of the greatest work we will ever do is in the small acts, the small moments of stopping, noticing and acting to help out another. This profound thinking can prepare today’s young adults for a successful life because they become more aware, more authentic and more personally accountable. All of these are signs of true leaders.

The take away messages for students and parents are: 

  • To be ready for life requires you to tune in, notice and become aware of the people and the world around you.
  • There are many opportunities in each day to deliver an act of giving, charity or kindness to someone who needs it.
  • Giving to others benefits them, but the greatest benefit is to the giver. Learning this early helps young adults better connect with people, become more authentic, more caring and more connected to what is important in life.

Connect with Steve Gamlin:

The ‘Stop and Notice’ Challenge

This segment is about noticing your world – about stopping and noticing – about slowing down enough to intentionally see what is in front of you. Most of us don’t do this. This takes practice; this takes effort. We know that the more we practice at things, the better we become – it is the same with stopping and noticing. So, each week I’ll provide a Stop and Notice Challenge – to help you get better.

When you learn to be more intentional about what you notice, you have access to information you didn’t previously have – that information can give you greater clarity to help you make better decisions. Notice YOU. Notice YOUR WORLD. You’ll learn a lot about both.

This week we focus on being someone’s hero and living by giving. There are so many opportunities to show up and do a small act of kindness – an act of giving – to someone in need. It requires you to tune in and notice.

On the next ride or walk around your community, notice the following:

  1. What need or challenge did you see?
  2. Who could benefit from a small act of kindness?
  3. What opportunities to build your life around serving others do you see?

The more you notice places of need, the more you can determine how you could show up to them. Is there a community service project for you to consider? Is there a passion or interest that would bring you to a place of helping others in need (pets, homeless, food, shelter, nature, planet, etc)? You are part of big world – there are places that need what you do best. To be ready for life, find them and use them to direct where you life goes.

Notice ‘Hot Jobs’

Each week, I’ll share a job that caught my eye – a job that is growing in need and popularity. I’ll share some details about the job, like salary, education, core responsibilities and abilities needed to do the job well. You can then see whether it fits your abilities and your interests.

This week’s Hot Job:

Ready4Life Hot JobsSocial and Community Service Manager

  • Average salary: $35-40K
  • Experienced roles earn in excess of $100k.

This job plans, organizes and coordinates activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. It oversees the budget, policies, impact, involvement, and effectiveness of the programs it administers. This role interfaces with many other civil and governmental agencies. Consider an area that connects with your passions and there is likely a social or community focus to it – including, homeless, probation, detention, family services, children’s services, health, wellness, retirement and retirees, animals, the planet, etc.

To be effective in this job requires working directly with the public, managing budgets and numbers, assessing effectiveness of programs and building strong relationships. From a behavioral profile, people who are great in jobs like this are focused, logical, goal and results-driven, methodical, analytical, supportive, diplomatic and compassionate

Be sure you connect your career aspirations with things you are both good at and passionate about. Focus on what fits you. Listen to your own voice.

Suggested Resources

This week’s recommended resource is the book

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens  by Joseph Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes and Ann Bailey

If you could only get past feelings of embarrassment, fear, self-criticism, and self-doubt, how would your life be different? You might take more chances and make more mistakes, but you’d also be able to live more freely and confidently than ever before.

Get out Of Your Mind, what makes someone a hero, book cover imageGet Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens is a workbook that provides you with essential skills for coping with the difficult and sometimes overwhelming emotions that stress you out and cause you pain. The emotions aren’t going anywhere, but you can find out how to deal with them. Once you do, you will become a mindful warrior—a strong person who handles tough emotions with grace and dignity—and gain many more friends and accomplishments along the way.

This book will arm you with powerful skills to help you use the power of mindfulness in everyday situations, stop finding faults in yourself and start solving your problems, how to be kinder to yourself so you feel confident and have a greater sense of self-worth, and how to identify the values that will help you create the life of your dreams. So check out Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life  at Amazon.

And be sure to review the article, Not Enough Hours In A Day? Spend More Time Helping Others. A great article about service and managing your time. Stay connected to the great information on the  Salary.com website.

Important Links:

  • All Groan Up – Paul Angone – Advice for surviving your 20s
  • Life After College – Jenny Blake – Live Big After College
  • Ask The Headhunter – Nick Corcodilos – Important information about getting a job
  • Campus to Career – Kirk Baumann – practical information to move into the job market
  • Sumry – Nate Hanson – Land your dream job

Key People To Follow:

  • Tom V Morris – Philosopher, Consultant to Fortune 100 companies, wise man
  • Britt Hysen – Editor in Chief of MiLLENiAL – lifestyle and cultural magazine highlighting millennials’ contribution to today’s world.
  • SethGodin– Marketing Guru and wise blogger – constant information about showing up and doing great things at work and in life.

Download our Ready4Life Navigation Guide – it will explain how to use our  Ready4Life GPS – to connect you to the tools to know yourself, know your world so you can find your fit.