Inspirational Heroes for Men

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Characteristics Men Find Heroic

There is insufficient information available to the public regarding the traits/characteristics of people that men aged 30-36, or millennial men, specifically find heroic. A survey conducted among 2,000 Americans revealed that some common traits/characteristics of heroes include saving somebody's life, risking their own life, "standing up for other people," becoming a role model, good/ethical leadership, and risk-taking. Several men consider Abraham Lincoln and other leaders with credible and ethical leadership styles to be heroes.

1. SAVING SOMEBODY'S LIFE

  • In a recent survey conducted among 2000 people, 80% of Americans reveal that saving someone's life is among the characteristics of men considered to be heroes. The survey response is not broken out by age or gender.
  • About 26 celebrities across America that have saved the lives of people from harm or death are considered to be real-life heroes.
  • In a survey conducted among 966 votes, 46% of respondents reveal that the courageous act of saving a life makes someone a hero.
  • About 34% of people believe that heroes save us whenever we get into trouble

2. RISKING THEIR OWN LIFE

  • In a recent survey, about 77% of Americans reveal that risking one's own life is among the characteristics of men considered to be heroes.
  • Over 200 New York City Fire Department (FDNY) firefighters are considered heroes for giving their lives in an attempt to "rescue and recover others."
  • Among 163 surveyed people, 8% say that people of the military profession are their heroes.
  • Military men often get exposed to "dangerous aspects of service," and potentially life-threatening conditions. Developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a severe injury or death constitute service-related realities for some people that join the military.
  • The results of a recent YouGov survey indicate that about 50% of United States respondents acknowledge that all members of the armed forces should be described as heroes, regardless of their role or experience.
  • About 9% of the survey respondents stated that heroes are those armed forces personnel that have been engaged in any form of combat.
  • About 7% of a recent YouGov survey stated that only those armed forces personnel who have seen battle should be called heroes, and 17% acknowledge that only those members of the armed forces that have performed specific brave acts should be regarded as heroes.

3. STANDING UP FOR OTHER PEOPLE

  • About 75% of Americans believe that standing up for other people is among the characteristics of people considered to be heroes.
  • Martin Luther King Jr is considered a hero and known across America as the man who "stood up" for equality and made a difference for every race.
  • John Gorman, a writer at Medium, is approximately 39 years of age and a little older than 36 years, he lists Nelson Mandela as one of his heroes. Mandela struggled to end the suffering of his people. His ultimate goal was to create "equal opportunities for everyone."

4. BECOMING A ROLE MODEL

  • About 68% of Americans believe that functioning as a role model is among the characteristics of people considered to be heroes.
  • Due to the "contributions of a good father," several American continue to see the good father as a hero and role model. Role models are often considered to be heroes.
  • According to Psychology Today, it is often hard for men to admit that they still have heroes. However, most men still "need someone they can look up to" as a role model.
  • A survey conducted among 430 people revealed that 20% of Americans consider someone they look up to (a role model), to be a hero.

5. GOOD/ETHICAL LEADERSHIP

  • About 55% of Americans believe that good/ethical leadership is among the characteristics of men considered to be heroes.
  • Heroes are disciplined and do the right things when others do wrong.
  • According to Britannica, Lincoln will continue to have a unique appeal in the hearts of his fellow countrymen as well as people of other lands. His fame will continue to grow as an eloquent spokesman for good leadership and democracy.
  • About 28% of people believe that heroes deliver justice. We assume that justice, good leadership & ethics go hand in hand.
  • Some heroes identified by male presidential candidates include Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, John Lewis, the American voter, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Several of these leaders, including Abraham Lincoln, are known for good (ethical) leadership styles and democratic/liberal views.

6. RISK-TAKING

  • About 55% of Americans believe that taking risks is among the characteristics of men considered to be heroes.
  • Some soldiers are seen as heroes. They are brave where others cower and are gallant in dangerous circumstances where others are weak. Heroes are determined to go on while others quit. 
  • Documents from the Judicial Branch of California reveals that the lifestyle of heroes is evident from the "risks they took to secure" the freedom of the public. Heroism is apparent from their performance.

7. SACRIFICING SPARE TIME WITHOUT ADDITIONAL PAY

  • About 47% of Americans believe that taking sacrificing one's spare time for no extra pay is among the characteristics of people considered to be heroes.
  • True heroes are people who do something heroic for the significant benefit of others and not themselves.
  • In a recent survey, about 9% of respondents revealed that their heroes are their partners, while 7% acknowledge that their children are their heroes. Family members are known to spend their spare/free times together.
  • A recent survey in which male political candidates were asked to name their heroes revealed that some men consider family members to be heroes. John Delaney, Seth Moulton, Jay Inslee, Steve Bullock, and Beto O’Rourke all disclosed that their wives were their heroes while Julián Castro, Michael Bennet, and John Hickenlooper acknowledged that their mothers were their heroes. Mothers and wives happen to be among the people that have sacrificed their free times for most men.

METHODOLOGY

Our team scoured through Psychology Today (screen capture available here), for insights into the characteristics of people that men aged 30-36, or millennial men find heroic or inspirational. This strategy revealed that it is often hard for men to admit that they still have heroes. We then researched for characteristics of people that men aged 30-36, or millennial men look up to people as heroes or being exceptional. We uncovered that most men still "need someone they can look up to." We have assumed the article is an analysis of "Men and Heroes," and the men that look up to their role models are looking up to them as heroes. There was no age-specific data uncovered.

Going further, we scoured through media reports such as the Insider for insights into the characteristics of people that men aged 30-36, or millennial men find heroic or inspirational. This strategy revealed the reasons why some 26 celebrities are considered real-life heroes. All of them saved someone or many people from dangers to life that could cause harm or death. The study did not state the specific views of men. We studied for case studies where men aged 30-36, or millennial men benefited from the actions of celebrities that led to such celebrities being considered as heroes. We assumed that the involvement of men aged 30-36, or millennial men as beneficiaries is more likely to reflect why men of their age group think these celebrities are heroes. This strategy uncovered several cases that benefited men, including the scenario that involved Michael Rapaport and a man whom he stopped from unlocking the emergency door of a plane on a flight. The man mistook the emergency door for the bathroom. Michael Rapaport was considered a hero for saving his life, the man that wanted to open the emergency door, and others in the plane. This strategy revealed that saving a mans life makes men consider someone to be a hero. However, this strategy did not uncover any age-specific data.

We studied for professional attributes of people who men aged 30-36, or millennial men find heroic. We researched survey reports and expert interviews printed by Tellwut, Vantislife, etc. Insights uncovered revealed that 8% of respondents of a study that captured 163 votes showed that people with military occupations are often considered to be heroes. Vantislife also revealed that 77% of Americans believe people who risk their own lives are heroes. We studied the various risks associated with the military profession that make men aged 30-36, or millennial men consider military men as heroes. This strategy revealed that military men often get exposed to severe injury or death. We assumed such high risks make such people see them as heroes. This strategy did not reveal insights specific to men aged 30-36, or millennial men.

We studied various resources, including encyclopedias for individual styles that make men aged 30-36, or millennial men consider some people as heroes. We explored different lifestyles, such as leadership styles, etc. Insights uncovered from Britannica revealed that the ethical, excellent, and democratic and leadership manner of Abraham Lincoln make him famous in the minds of people as a hero. This strategy gave no insights into the views specific to men aged 30 to 36 or millennial men. We studied for instances where Lincoln and other men with credible leadership styles are considered heroes by millennial men. Several resources, including the New York Times and a plethora of additional resources, confirmed the above finding. Unfortunately, the views were not specific to men aged 30 to 36 or millennial men.
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List of People Men consider Heroic

Seven personalities American men find heroic are Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin King Luther Jr., Oscar Schindler, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln.


1. NELSON MANDELA


2. MOHANDAS KAREMCHAND GANDHI

  • Mahatma Gandhi ranks 5th in the History Heroes list of publicly-voted heroes with 8058 votes.
  • As a way of honoring his legacy, UN General Assembly declared in 2007 that Gandhi's birthday (October 2nd) would be known as the International Day of Non-Violence.
  • Mahatma Gandhi fought for and won India's independence from British colonial rule. Despite the violent methods being enacted at the time, Gandhi stuck to his philosophy of non-violence. His tactics brought India independence finally in 1947.


3. ROSA PARKS

  • Rosa Parks ranks 24th in the History Heroes list of publicly-voted heroes with 4194 votes.
  • Rosa Louise Parks is regarded as the mother of the modern civil rights movement in America.
  • In 1955, she famously refused to give up her seat to a white male on a bus in Alabama. It led to her arrest. She continued her protests and slowly the civil rights movement spread in her wake.
  • In the 1930s, she helped free 9 black boys from being falsely accused of raping two white women.
  • She has received more than 43 honorary degrees.
  • In 1996, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom.


4. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.


5. OSCAR SCHINDLER

  • Oscar Schindler was presented posthumous the Medal of Remembrance from the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
  • He was originally a member of the Nazi party and a ruthless industrialist.
  • However, he saved around 1200 Jewish people from getting deported to Auschwitz during World War II.


6. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


7. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

  • Abraham Lincoln ranks 1st in the History Heroes list of publicly-voted heroes with 14,798 votes.
  • As the 16th president of the United States, he is also known as Honest Abe, the Rail-Splitter, and the Great Emancipator.
  • He implemented the emancipation of the slaves, and his contemporaries often compared him to George Washington by his contemporaries.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

We began our research by looking through pre-compiled lists of individuals who are generally considered heroic. We looked through credible news articles and popular media target toward or typically read by American men ages 30 to 36 to determine the individuals who this demographic most frequently identifies as heroic. From there, we cross-referenced these names against popular personal blogs and media created by and for American Millennial men ages 30 to 36. We determined the top 7 by selecting people who appeared most frequently across all these sources.

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