We know the backstories of our favorite superheroes and television characters, but how much do we know about the backstories of our real-life heroes?

Most of you are familiar with a man by the name of Bill Nye. Bill changed the trajectories of many young minds as Bill Nye the Science Guy with his wildly successful television show.

He is a scientific icon and a hero to many, but how did he become Bill Nye the Science Guy?

Backstories are so important, they remind us that we all have the potential to become heroes and thought leaders.

So, today we bring you a treat from the archives of NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. This interview with Bill Nye is a wonderful reminder of how we can all change the world.

Change the world.

That seems like a big statement, and it is, but there are a lot of ways to change the world, and we don’t have to do it alone.

It’s so important to know where our greatest heroes come from. They very often start out as all of us do with the same struggles. Our heroes are no different from us and learning where they come from serves as an important reminder that we are all just as capable of changing the world.

So, I encourage you to go learn the backstory of your favorite hero. It’s a great reminder that we all have the power to make this world more amazing with our own life’s work!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. “Bill Nye: Change The World.” YouTube. NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, 06 Mar. 2014. Web. 09 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KkKejZnazw>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV