I have three personal heroes:
Martin Luther King, Dr. Max Goodwin from the New Amsterdam hospital, and a befriended journalist.
The first one is dead. He was a master of the fight for social justice.
The second one does not exist. He is a fictional character from the medical TV series ‘New Amsterdam’. The plot is inspired by true events, though. The show is telling a story of an impact on the oldest public hospital in the USA (Bellvue Hospital in New York), made by his chief, Dr. Eric Manheimer.
The third one is dead as well – for 20 years, he was my role model for everything related to journalism. I’m not mentioning his name because I don’t want to have him associated with marketing.
All these people, despite different walks of life, have one thing in common – they inspire others. .
Martin Luther King started his most famous speech with ‘I have a dream’ phrase.
Dr. Max Goodwin has a catch-phrase that the show begins with and is regularly present in all seasons: ‘How can I help you?’
My role model did not have a catch-phrase but valued decency and contact with relations with another human being. His magazine was and always will be a benchmark for relations with readers for the entire press market in Poland.
Why these three inspired other people? They told them stories. Martin Luther King was not a politician but changed the political landscape. Dr. Max Goodwin was not an accountant, but thanks to patient-centricity and caring for their needs, he helped heal not only thousands of souls but also hospital finances. My journalistic role model created a magazine with a deep and personal connection between the staff and readers, unintentionally creating a publishing and business standard for his market niche.