Written as CEO of Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce

During lunch last week someone in our group used the phrase “Positively Passionate People”. That phrase made me reflect on the various types of people that are found in a community. Much like a play, people play various roles in a community. Every community, including Georgetown, has its characters. Some characters play the role of a hero and some enjoy playing the villain. There are those characters, whether they know it or not, that serve as comedic relief. Every community regardless of size or demographics has its cast of characters and we certainly have ours. If asked, most would admit to wanting to be a hero, but what does it take to be a hero? What does it mean to be the hero? Well, the primary definition is “a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities.” As I read that definition, something seems to be lacking. What is missing from the definition? The definition refers to “brave deeds,” but what kind of brave deeds does a hero have to perform? When I think of a hero, I think of a person coming to the rescue or “swooping in” to save the day. The hero is there to right the wrong and make sure the story has a happy ending. Obviously in real life, we don’t always have a happy ending, but the heroes are still dedicated to working towards one. The Chamber is looking for heroes. We are looking for people that see a problem and want to be a part of the solution. Remember the earlier definition; heroes are “admired for their brave deeds.” Actions define a hero. A person is only considered a hero once they do something to create a good outcome from a bad situation. A person that sees a problem and doesn’t act cannot be a hero. Back to the “Positively Passionate People” phrase from lunch. These Positively Passionate People are those people that see a problem and, at least, offer a solution. It is easy to point out problems, and leave the solutions to someone else. The Chamber of Commerce is putting together a new production and we ask that you consider this your casting call. This call is only for heroes (or those that aspire to be heroes) and “Positively Passionate People” who want to make a difference in our community. Do not respond if you can only identify a problem because we are looking for people that are willing to help find solutions. We need people that are willing to participate in the process. None of us have all the answers, but working together, we can build a better Georgetown County. If you are a positively passionate person and have a passion or expertise in any of the following please respond. The areas are: 1. Job Creation and Economic Development 2. Workforce Development and Education 3. Infrastructure 4. Overall Quality of Life We need people of action. People that want to make a difference. If interested, please respond to btucker@visitgeorge.com or call (843) 546-8436 and let us know how you would like to help. Ernest Hemingway once said “As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. — Eleanor Roosevelt

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