There once was a boy who grew up in a small village. Every day, he passed the same familiar faces, and every day he heard the same comments: "You're not good enough!" and "You don't fit in here!" So finally, when he was old enough, the boy decided to move away. He met new people, tried new things, and had many wonderful experiences. He was amazed at how much he learned from all of these adventures.
One day, the boy (who was now a man) moved back to the village he grew up in. He brought back stories and shared new ideas, and all of the villagers were eager to learn from his newly-gained wisdom. The mayor of the village even built a tower, and every day the man stood in the tower to impart new ideas and lessons to all who would listen. To his amazement, the familiar faces who so often made fun of him sat right in the front. They were proud of the man - for despite all their comments and jeers, he returned to be a teacher, a mentor, and ultimately... a hero.
You've heard this story before. It's the classic "hero" story that has been passed from generation to generation, through some of the most popular books, movies, and more. The main character leaves home on a journey and encounters a transformation through his experiences. He then returns home to share his lessons and prove his knowledge and strength. It's the story of Simba from The Lion King, Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, and Odysseus from Homer's The Odyssey.
In all these stories, there are challenges and risks that the hero must face in order to prove his wisdom and talent. Without them, there would be no reason to return home.
Everyone wants to be a hero. Does your community offer the right challenges or job opportunities for college students to return from their journey? Is your business willing to take risks and entertain new ideas from young professionals?
Or will these potential heroes continue searching for the chance to make a difference somewhere else?