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You have never heard of my heroes, so naming them by name is unimportant. Besides, my heroes are not interested in the publicity.

My heroes lead quiet lives in attractive, inviting homes where their values and interests are proudly displayed. Maybe a Grandkids well-used toybox in the corner of the living room. Sometimes, a shop resides out back where creative work happens for the joy of leisure. There are pictures of visited faraway places, adventures, friends, and family.

My heroes’ eyes light up when their favorite subjects come up in discussion. It could be golf, cycling, traveling, or a great book, but it usually revolves around people: what their kids are doing, their grandkids, or a friend they just recently visited.

My heroes, surprisingly, don’t talk about their accomplishments much. It is surprising because their achievements are numerous. In most cases, my heroes are best in class. Many are retired engineers with patents to their names, teachers, former executives of well-known corporations, or entrepreneurs that once carved an excellent living out of nothing.

My heroes know about commitment. Many of them are still married to their high school or college sweethearts. They devoted themselves to their families. They made hard decisions over and over and over again that demonstrated their commitment. Over the years and decades, their faithfulness bore fruit. Strong kids. Close friends. A nice life. A successful retirement.

Very little of what they accomplished came easily, yet my heroes are quick to point out the role of others in their success. Their success did not come quickly either. Over time, habitually, and persistently, they made their way down paths of distinction.

My heroes are my retired clients.

Those are my thoughts, have a great Thursday!

~ Rob