I remember a few years ago, retired NBA Superstar Charles Barkley starred in a NIKE commercial entitled “I am not a role model”…. Charles claimed that it wasn’t his responsibility to be a role model for his fans. “That should be the sole responsibility of the parent” he exclaimed…
In my opinion Sir Charles was DEAD WRONG!
Becoming a role model isn’t something you can achieve on your own. There are no classes you take, or prerequisites to determine if you’re qualified for the job. All it takes is “1” person to look at you as a source of inspiration! It doesn’t really matter if you think you’re qualified to be a role model or not, as long as the person “you inspire” looks to you for inspiration, you are indeed a ROLE MODEL!
The fact of the matter is that all of us have whats called a “Sphere of Influence”… I like to believe that we all have been assigned “souls” or people to influence here in the earth! It’s up to us whether the influence is positive or negative..
Have you ever heard the phrase “To whom much is given, much is required”? That’s how it is with the different levels or measure of influence that each of us have. For example, Oprah Winfrey’s sphere of influence covers millions of “souls” or people all over the world! Now some would say that her influence increased when she became successful. However, I believe the reason she is so successful is because that’s what was needed to handle the sphere of influence she was given! It was destined to happen in order to reach all of those in her sphere!
Who knows, your sphere may be as large as Oprah’s, and whatever your gift is will make room for you to reach all who are assigned to you. Oprah’s gift was journalism, Obama’s was community activism, Martin Luther King’s was preaching, Barkley’s was basketball 🙂
Are you a role model? ABSOLUTELY YOU ARE! Make it your goal to not make just a temporary impression, but a PERMANENT IMPACT in the lives of those assigned to you!
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