"For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school." Oprah Winfrey
You often hear of famous people crediting others for encouraging their early successes. Similar to Oprah's comment above, people speak about those mentors or role models that encouraged them on their life path or helped them to achieve their dreams. People like this - often teachers or grandparents - come from all walks of life and they must be the true heroes of this world. The people who encourage the young, at a most vulnerable time in their lives, to pursue what they love, to believe in themselves and to aspire to greater things.
If we are lucky, most of us do manage to stumble across great people who make a difference to our lives and encourage us forwards and upwards. I can think of a couple in my own life – grandparents who thought I was great, an English teacher who through her own passion inspired me to be a better student, an athletics coach who opened my eyes to the world and believed in my potential. Everyday heroes who promote the dreams of others and make an immeasurable difference.
Can you think of someone in your own life who made a difference?