is to keep a pledge or promise.

“It's always too early to quit. ”

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993); preacher, author

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

Mario Andretti (born 1940); Italian-American world champion racing driver

“Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you.”

Bill Cosby (born 1937); comedian, actor

“There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life's point of no return.”

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961); Swedish political leader, Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.”

Bill Blackman Founder and President of Hearts and Minds Network

“To finish first, you must first finish. ”

Rick Mears (born 1951); American race car driver

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dream into reality.”

James Womack (born 1941); biologist, author, professor

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”


“Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.”

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915); American political leader, author

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”

Tom Robbins (born 1936); novelist, short story writer, essayist

“Once you choose hope, anything's possible.”

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, producer, director, and writer; best known for his role as Superman

“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ”

Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958); Inventor, engineer

“There are only two options regarding commitment, you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in between.”


“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915); philosopher, author, publisher

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947); founder of Ford Motor Company

“Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you, for their censures are not in your power and should not be at all your concerns.”

Epictetus (55-135); Stoic philosopher

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

Margaret Thatcher (born 1925); former Prime Minister of the UK

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.”

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005); professor, writer, management consultant

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.”

Rollo May (1909-1994); existential psychologist

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between. ”

Pat Riley (born 1945); Former NBA player and coach

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I was working with an organization that cared for children in need. I was supervising and training a group of women that were employed to look after the children and provide them the things that they need so that they can be integrated back to the society after their stay with the organization. It turned out however, that most of…

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My husband, whom I call “Boston” after the city he grew up in, is my hero. We’ve been married for four years but we’ve been only been together about one and a half of those years. We are a military family. Over the course of our short marriage we’ve had one child, purchased cars, a house, and moved across the…

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Everyday Hero: Tom

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Tom Wallisch is a professional skier. He has been my hero for a while now. He is still my hero because he never gives up on what ever trick he is trying to do. He commits while on the mountain.

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Everyday Hero: Kirin

He is the principal of The Galaxy Education System which has a group of schools in Rajkot, Gujrat State, India. He started the school way back in 1982 with less than 100 students; I joined him then. In these past two decades, he has changed the face of this city. He is so committed to education, and is not afraid…

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Everyday Hero: Daron

One of my older brothers is my hero. Even though he is a pain in the butt and sometimes a jerk he is the one I look up to the most in my life; and he is the one I call my best friend. When he was 17 and it was his summer before his senior year instead of doing…

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Everyday Hero: Thomas Edward Taylor (his middle name was actually "Lee" but the Air Force Changed his middle name from Lee to Edward.


I would like to thank someone that means the world to me! This man started with nothing of his own away from his family. He did have a watch and he had a will do what others could not. This man raised 5 kids and has been married to the same woman forever! This man is not perfect by any…

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Everyday Hero: Howard

I look up to my dad because he's an all around good person. Going out of his way to give some one a break. He's a hard worker always doing his best. He always is friendly and gets along with every body. If you ever get on his bad side, lord help you. His name is Howard, he was originally…

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Everyday Hero: Charles

Chuck is my husband of 22 years. He came into my life when I was 16 and he was 17. My mother was dying of cancer and my father already was deceased. I was a lost person with no support. This man cared for me and married me and works so hard. He was working two jobs and going to…

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Everyday Hero: Vanessa

Vanessa B is my mother she is so amazing to me because she has always been there for us. We have been through some very hard times when we had no food or shelter, but she was always a good and caring mom. She would give her life for us. That's why she is so amazing; because she is so…

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Everyday Hero: Christine

I think Christine is my hero because she has shown commitment by sticking with Christopher through thick and thin. They have been through mostly everything: through racial comments, family issues, and school. I look up to Christine because she has showed commitment to her boyfriend. Even though it is not marriage, it is still a life of commitment.

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Everyday Hero: Rouney

So many times I have watched this man endure emotional pain beyond belief. And yet he continues every day to persevere and find focus to aid others in dealing with their own pain of many different situations. In May of 2004, I lost my 21-year-old daughter to a tragic car accident and this man inspired me to go on, to…

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Everyday Hero: Jean and Al

I am nominating Al and Jean, now in their 70s, for the utter compassion (as well as courage, determination, and commitment, and sacrifice) they have shown in caring for their now 29-year-old grandson, who is paralyzed from the chest down, with severe cerebral palsy and mental retardation. They have loved and nurtured him tenderly (while taking care of all of…

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Everyday Hero: John

This is my father. I am sure that all children think that their father is their hero but mine is extraordinary. When I was two years old, in 1963, my mother died of bone cancer. She left my father not only heartbroken but the father of five children. My extended family rallied together and made the decision that the children…

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Everyday Hero: Lucy

My wife is my hero. I have never met anyone else who has the work ethic (be it gardening, organizing, decorating, mothering), kindness, or selflessness that she has. Despite living in a country that is not her birth place, she has shown the characteristics of citizenship that we all aspire to. She has always put 100% into our marriage no…

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Everyday Hero: Bertha

The hero is my mom. She has been caring for my dad who has been sick for many years. Her commitment to her has been an example to many people. Just recently she has spent seven days sleeping on a chair by his hospital bed. My dad is 67 and she is 72. Although she has been through so much…

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Everyday Hero: Joyce

My wife is my hero. She has to be the strongest person I know. Numerous miscarriages and hardships she stays dedicated and loyal to our god. She is the best wife a man could ever ask for. Due to this, she is my hero.

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Everyday Hero: Arapata

My parents have been together for 40 years. 11 years ago my dad was in a car accident that shattered his lower spine. Although he can walk, he deals with pain daily. At the same time my mom, who was falling a lot and has always battled depression was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Your commercial of Devotion reminds me…

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Everyday Hero: Rob Dyrdek

My hero has got to be Rob Dyrdek. The reason why I chose Rob Dyrdek as my hero is because I want to be like him when I am older. He is like a little kid living in a twenty-six year old body, everything he does is fun. He is a Pro skateboarder who gives back to his skaters. He…

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Everyday Hero: Jim Craig


Jim Craig was possibly the best goalie ever. In Lake Placid 1980 he won a gold medal during the Olympics. A great miracle story that really inspires me as a goalie.

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Everyday Hero: Harvey

Harvey Milk is my hero. He showed that all people, regardless of gender orientation, have rights. Harvey Milk inspired me to not be afraid of who I am.

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Everyday Hero: Patrick


My dad is the best enginee in the world.My dad is the most dad in the world. My dad is the most respecfiul dad in the world . He canbe the most created dad in the world.

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Everyday Hero: Joy and Jeff

My heroes are my parents. They have been married for 33 years. My mother is an extremely talented writer and musician, which gifts come with a passionate personality. My father is an attorney, a humorist and a very cerebral thinker. At times I thought no one with the differences my parents had could make a marriage work in this world.…

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Everyday Hero: Leslie


Calling my music teacher, Leslie Moran, a hero is an understatement. She is more than that. She is an inspiration, she is determined, and mainly all of those values! Let me tell you why! First, let me tell you what she does for our school. She helps our music program stay. Here in PA, a lot of schools cut their…

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Everyday Hero: Nadra

Nadra Enzi is a writer and activist friend of mine. He calls himself Captain Black and stops street fights and gives speeches on crime not being a civil right. In 2004 he donated $10,000 to Savannah State University’s Model United Nations in honor of his late mother Mrs. Eryldelle Jones. Nadra’s always pushing himself and others to do more and…

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Everyday Hero: David

My daddy is the most amazing man that I have ever had the opportunity to meet! God has truly blessed me with the precious gift of a wonderful daddy! He is the epitome of a true hero! He encouraged me as a young child to make the most of my mistakes and learn from them, to always stand up for…

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Everyday Hero: Richard


Picking one value for this person was extremely hard for me. He goes by a few different names based on the hat he is wearing. Sometimes he is Young Marine Staff Sergeant Pope, sometimes he is the writer Richard K. P. Morrison, and sometimes he is just Richie. The reason he is my hero, is the overwhelming commitment he shows…

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Everyday Hero: Amanda

My hero is my daughter, Amanda, and she has two beautiful children, Amber and AJ. AJ is severely Autistic. Amanda has weathered the worst, fighting her own health battles. She has never wavered in her hope and optimism for AJ. She has stood by him, rallied for him, and when need be, Mama Bear comes out in her so that…

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Everyday Hero: Greg

If you had asked me ten years ago who my hero was, I would have definitely busted out with my mom. However, now I would have to say my best friend. I will have to back this story up to when I was eight years old. The year was 1972. One summer day there were three little boys playing across…

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Everyday Hero: Jason

Hero = Dad He always knows what to say. He’s a strong person, that deals with me His job is time consuming He is always at my sporting events He knows what to talk about with me, he made some of the same mistakes as me Trustworthy Always ready to help someone He’s a mediator likes to have a good…

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Everyday Hero: Connie

My hero Mrs. Peebles, is my religion teacher. She teaches us morality ,but she doesn't just teach because it is her job she actually cares about us. She makes us really think and debate with each other on different things in life. She is turning us into better people. She is committed to teaching teens values.

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Everyday Hero: Eileen

Heroes are not necessarily perfect people. Take my Mom, for example. We grew up in a home where there was a lot of yelling & screaming fighting between our parents, and a fare bit of screaming at us as well - even from my hero - my Mom. That was hard! But my Mom worked so hard for us. She…

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Everyday Hero: Wendy

Wendy B. was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in June 1998. Rather than succumb to the effects of this illness, Wendy decided to inspire others and raise awareness of MS by climbing the Seven Summits (the highest peak on each of the seven continents). She has succeeded in conquering five of the seven already, having climbed Vinson Massif in Antarctica in…

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Everyday Hero: Bill

My father is hands down my hero. I have always been dad’s little girl. About two years ago my dad was horrifically burned in a shed fire when he was on the roof. The burns affected over 30% of his body including his hands, forearms and legs. I have never seen my dad in so much pain. He was in…

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Everyday Hero: Michael

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My husband is my whole world. Without him I would not be clean and sober today enjoying my children and my wonderful life. Nine years ago he chose me to love and for this I am forever thankful. His patience is unbeliavable and is humble heart is for one to admire. He is so handsome and I would like to…

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Everyday Hero: John F.

JFK is my hero because he worked non-stop for a stretch of time to ensure the safety of the American people. Let’s say that JFK ignored the evidence of the Cubans building a nuclear weapon site. Think of how many people would have died. Would any of us still be alive? He not only worked for me, but for everyone…

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Everyday Hero: Raj

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Everyday Hero: Heather

Heather M. has a son who was born without developmental disabilities, but who began to have seizures as a toddler. He has had multiple surgeries, but to this day, he still has up to 30+ seizures a day. Heather founded "The Buddy League" for kids in Dallas County, Texas, who have limitations - physical and cognitive - who would otherwise…

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Everyday Hero: Anastasia

My mom has been through everything awful that you could possibly imagine happening in life. As a child growing-up she endured many challenges within her family, school and community. She and my dad got married then and had my brother before my mom was even 20. They were low on money and had a little house in the neighborhood where…

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Everyday Hero: Heather

Heather Prendergast was born in Indianapolis, Illinois and moved all over the country as a child; she even lived in Scotland for a while. She attended UVA and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education and had a teaching job right out of college in Chesapeake, Virginia. She taught 2nd grade for 13 years and during these years she got married…

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Everyday Hero: Edward (Babe)

My Uncle Babe, Medal of Honor recipient. Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War. The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Edward Gomez (MCSN: 1102547), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life…

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Everyday Hero: Mom&Dad

I will be 59 soon. The older I get, the more I realize my parents are my heroes. Cherish them while you can, call them and visit them often and most of all tell them you love them and appreciate them. I am glad I did. Mine are long gone now.

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Imani is my hero because she saved me from commiting suicide two years ago. Because of her I met my beautiful wife and now we have 2 amazing little girls and we love them to death.
Andrew Moreno 6 months ago from Ohio

As a part-time musician, I had told my wife that I would alternate using gig pay to buy musical equipment with contributing to family expenses. There was one piece of equipment I really wanted and I got paid well at a show last night. I realized I had used the last show's pay for equipment, so I steeled myself up and donated to an upcoming family trip instead. Because this was hard, I know I have a lot of work to do to become a good person. But that's what I want to do.
Sheldon Shaffer over 1 year ago from Bowling Green, KY

I really like it.
Irfan khan almost 2 years ago from Jammu & kashmir

Stay encouraged!
Kevin almost 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Commitment is to press through till we see it happen.
Bruce Willingham about 2 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

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