"The hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man." - Joseph Campbell in the Power of Myth
You've heard of the concept of "paying it forward", I'm sure. There was a film based on the idea, not so long ago.
Instead of doing something kind or generous back to the person who did so to you, you choose 3 other people, and return the favour in spirit, that was given to you.
Here is a related idea, albeit not nearly as altruistic (but perhaps, it may inspire people in some small way).
Everyone has an hero or heroine that they admire. Usually a famous person, but not always -- it could be a family member.
So try this.
Find a person you have always admired, and look up or divulge in the comments, who THEIR hero or heroine was.
I have many many heroes, not the least of which is because I am an Historian by education.
One very special hero of mine, however, is Dr. Wernher von Braun.
(Yes, I too wanted to be an astronaut, growing up. Didn't we all?)
When I was a child, and somewhat sickly, necessitating long periods in bed (where I read, and read, and read...and watched films on the VCR -- now you know), I read his recollections about his youth, in one of those primers aimed to inspire schoolchildren in English-speaking lands, which you chose from a leaflet given out in school.
Well do I remember the "Meet..." series of books, such as "Meet John F. Kennedy", and "Meet Winston S. Churchill", which so marked my childhood imagination. They were a mere 25p each, and I used to use my tuck money not on sweets, which I hate anyway, but on books about these various men and women of happy memory.
The young German junker fell in love with the possibility of rocket flight when he was 12, after having read of Fritz von Opel's speed record setting adventures in Wilhelmine Germany.
Dr. von Braun -- urbane, charismatic, prodigiously intelligent -- had many heroes, including the unforgettable intellect that was American physicist, Dr. Robert Goddard of Clark University.
But he relates that he would deeply come to admire the courage of Woo Han, who has humourously been listed as the 'world's first astronaut', after his experiment around the year 1500.
This noble Chinese bureaucrat (not unlike Dr. von Braun in background, and certainly in intrepid curiosity) set about seeing if he could fly to the moon, and placing two sticks across a make-shift litter, he sat on his throne-like rocket, waiting for 47 "coolies" to light the fuses which were to propel him to that hunk o' cheese.
Wan Hoo was never seen or heard from again.
...what a magnificent person Wan Hoo must've been.
Now, it may be trite to say that one's heroes' heroes can become inspirational to you, providing a link to what makes your chosen object of admiration "tick", but equally, it is very true that we are deeply social animals, getting our cues from each other.
I know that story always fired my imagination, as it did generations of children around the world, dreaming of fantastical pioneers long dead, but not forgotten.
How about you? Who is your hero, and do you know who s/he admired?