When I think of a leader, I envision someone who not only inspires people, but also uplifts others by bringing out the best in them. At the last Seed Waikato event, three amazing speakers empowered us so we can see, act, and do better in our lives. During the introduction to the topic, Kendyl Morris talked about the challenges that people in Aotearoa face outside of the “bubble”: poverty, homelessness, suicide, and income gaps. While listening to this and attending the workshop, the image of a boy popped in my mind. In this blog, I would like to pay homage to him by telling the story of how he came from nothing, to become the man who I admire the most.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
The little boy started working when he was only six years old. In fact, he cleaned shoes in the streets. Poverty, hunger, and domestic abuse were many of the challenges that he had to confront from an early age. Despite the hardships, he visualized his dreams: to overcome adversity, buy a house, own a car, travel, and have a family. Even though he may have had encountered stumbling blocks such as a lack of resources, he took the bold action of educating himself to overcome poverty.
As a young man, the values that he cultivated: honesty, perseverance, and determination, helped him act as a leader. As a result, the grown-up boy earned the respect of colleagues, superiors, and employees whenever he went. Eventually, he established his own business, purchased a car, bought a house, travelled to many places, and started a family. Although he faced more hardships such as being robbed and unemployed, he managed to overcome the storms and reach the peak of the mountain.
“Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose.” Myles Munroe
Nowadays, as a seventy-two-year-old man, he feels proud of the things that he accomplished in his life, and I am proud to say that the little boy of this story is my dad. I believe that he was successful because he knew that his purpose was to leave a legacy of inspiration. Consequently, I wanted to share his story so he can be a source of empowerment to others, just like he has been to me.
To the young and vibrant people who will read this blog, my dad proves that with vision, leadership, and drive, nothing is impossible. No matter how hard life outside of the bubble might be, everyone has a gift to share with the world. So, my final message is:
Let’s be daring and build our potential to the fullest. The sky is our limit!