Recipe of the hero

More than a dozen years ago, a biography made a lot of noise. With the message "From a buffalo boy to become general manager ...", the book was written by an official in one of the largest state-owned enterprises in Vietnam about his boss.

The first part is about the identity, biography, describing the path from a poor buffalo boy to a general director of a large state-owned enterprise. During his teenage years, he went to school and helped the family, including "raising the buffalo". As a young man, he studied at a middle school, joined the army, then went to work in the district before becoming a deputy and general manager. He always showed his superiority and set an example of learning from those around him. The second part posted articles written about him and his speeches at the conference. Attached are photos and a detailed list of leadership accomplishments.

The book is promoted internally. Then it was the leader of the state-owned enterprise that used the budget to buy books to ask the departments to read as a "role model in the process of operation", because the director had "contributed to the cause". The total amount of money spent to buy more than 2,500 books was over VND 150 million. The amount was quite large that year, when the price of gold was just over one million dong per thread.

But that "mirror" has encountered a backlash from reluctant readers. There are units that have handed out destroyed books to employees not to read. Public, the press discontented. That hero is not to be commended. In fact, he has no admirable achievement as a business of the people, not even the opposite. The number of employees of this business reaches more than twenty thousand, but the business efficiency is very low compared to the industry. The deputy general director signs the distribution of books and the related persons are criticized. Image of a failed hero.

It failed because it violated the basic principle of the "hero formula", described by Joseph Campbell in his book "The Hero with Thousands Faces." He studied classic patterns in many civilizations to answer the question, why do we need heroes and their common denominators. This scholar concluded: A hero is an essential role model for everyone to perfect themselves. They are different people who have to take on different missions but the common point is always taking the task that is taking on over their own needs.

Although desiring, the public does not easily admit idols. Surely it was seen that the general manager "from the buffalo boy" did not have the qualities "beyond his own needs", so the public and his staff were outright. refused to identify his hero. Not all praise creates a hero.

So what is the secret of the hero? There is no secret, according to Campbell. You leave your comfort zone or are shoved away from it, experiencing new challenges, being battered, striving incessantly for everyone and becoming another person; then maybe you will return to the old place but at a different level.

These days, we're chanting the heroes of the ball. The same "poor boy" motif, but they are recognized by the public, why?

Also separated from the family from an early age, also fortunate to meet the teachers, companions, sacrifice personal life in a certain angle, win challenges in a very life and no less romantic way When meeting the beautiful girl, they are the heroes of the Vietnamese football fans. Their bumps and efforts are real. Never before has stories been drawn around so many players.

The story of the dream of a barefoot boy playing soccer, a simple house in his hometown with a farming farmer, always looking forward to his son away from home, became a topic in every newspaper. Even the commercial advertising scenario is also built up according to the classic motif: from the country boy, from the thatched roof of the countryside, there are no football shoes ... to become a hero on the pitch. And it has a partial truth. It fully meets the basic criteria of "heroic formula". Images also create a familiar feeling by a poor thatched roof or a boy like that, we can meet all over this country, in memory.

Joseph Campbell, after many years of research, believes that humanity has been and will always be in need of a hero legend because people always reflect their aspirations through stories representing their desires. We all want to do something in our life. And so, we need more than real and personal heroes like Quang Hai, Cong Phuong, and Van Duc as evidence to believe that it is good to be real if it is created from faith. knowledge, skills, effort and unrelenting working spirit. The public loves the stories of their heroes, to believe that a normal person - like us - could become better.

We don't always need to be a hero to pay off living expenses for this month. Life often requires you to solve the problems we are facing, say "yes" to your own fears: unfulfilled work, unfulfilled regrets, debts, loneliness, illness. ...

But these simple needs are the reason why "poor boys" from Hai Duong, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa become an inspiration. My son, 10 years old, reminds the names of his players every day, gets up early to play football on the weekends and eats what his peers like. The boy did not hesitate to declare that he wanted to play football better and be more active in everything. That alone makes our life different. That is also the reason why many people have money and have the right to write epic poems to paint themselves into great characters that revolve the universe, not making the public feel touched (although they are still doing so much and doing it constantly ).

These days, there are some questions that matter that just football, after all, need to be so happy when there are so many things in life. It is true that maybe these young boys will not become anyone's "mirror in the process of operation". But the simple nature of the boys' stories is what makes the public love. Our society lacks such simple inspirational stories, while there are redundant "mirrors" that play the trumpets.

Hong Phuc