The need for heroes
When I was a kid, I greatly admired Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra.
They were my heroes, and I wanted to be just like them.
I treasured their baseball cards.
I wanted to know everything about them.
I knew their stats, the RBIs, the ERAs, their batting averages, how much they got paid, and how they came up from the minors.
I want to know everything because I want to be just like them.
Every time, as a nine-year-old kid, when I stepped up to bat or played first base or catcher, I wasn't me.
It's one of the most powerful ways we learn that we often lose as adults.
We lose our heroes. We lose our naivete.
I have new heroes as I grow older. I have golf heroes.
I copy their swings and do my best to read everything I can about them.
I also have heroes such as Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, George Soros, and Jim Rogers.
In my older years, I know their stats just like I knew the ERAs and RBIs of my baseball heroes.
I follow what Warren Buffett invests in, and read anything I can about his point of view on the market.
And I read about Donald Trump, trying to find out how he negotiates and puts deals together.
Just as I was not me when I was up to bat, when I'm in the market or I'm negotiating a deal, I am subconsciously acting with the bravado of Trump.
Or when analyzing a trend, I look at it as though Peter Lynch were doing it.
By having heroes, we tap into a tremendous source of raw genius.
But heroes do more than simply inspire us.
Heroes make things look easy.
It's the making it look easy that convinces us to want to be just like them.
"If 露西的试炼之旅简介they can do it, so can I."