Okay guys, this is going to be random. I’ve determined to post twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. I want to find a new groove with this blog. However, I still haven’t gotten the chance to do a thorough brainstorm session and rehaul content strategy etc… (in other words, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT!).
So forgive me as I indulge in one of my favorite past times,
Sharing role model inspiration.
Nobody is perfect, I know. I also know that the people that we meet have often endured senseless pain, overcome overwhelming obstacles, and made huge sacrifices that most of us won’t ever know about.
I believe there is a little bit of role model in every person I meet, and I enjoy seeking that out. I may or may not have an entire journal full of life inspiration I’ve taken away from the incredible people who (often unknowingly) make my life special.
I’m a firm believer in having role models. Today I give you a peek into my favorite role model of the minute:
Theodore believed in what he called ‘a strenuous life’. He was constantly seeking a challenge to tackle, a project that would benefit society in some way. He wasn’t a natural leader. In fact, he wasn’t even naturally energetic or healthy.
As an asthmatic teenager his father pulled him to the side and said,
“Theodore you have the mind but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind cannot go as far as it should. I am giving you the tools, but it is up to you to make your body.”
Around the same time, Teddie read a poem that shocked him. He realized that just having great role models and learning about great men from history was not enough. To truly honor his heroes, he had to take action.
From that point on, Teddie was, for better or worse, a man of endless action. When he was sworn into the presidency, he placed his hand on James 1:21-23:
And become doers of the word and not hearers only, who delude themselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one is like a man considering in a mirror the face he was born with;
Roosevelt pushed himself to the max, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The asthmatic kid with horrible eyesight would become one of the most diversely accomplished men to walk this planet. Seriously folks, youngest U.S. President, corruption tackler, trust buster, war hero, bear hunter, reorganizer of the US navy, cowboy, business man, best-selling author, historian, noble peace prize winner, conservationist, natural historian, philanthropist… what didn’t he do?
The thing I love most about Theodor Roosevelt was his strong moral compass. Throughout the hardships, political turmoil and personal tragedy, his morals never wavered. He knew what he thought was right and he fought for it, no matter the cost.
From the beginning to the end of his political career, Theodore Roosevelt never cared for making popular decisions. In fact, he began fighting corruption as a low-level local politician (unheard of in a political climate characterised by city bosses and favoritism).
He was even hired by the New York City Police Department to deal with impossible culture of corruption and bribery. Just as always, he delivered.
As president he fought for the moral high ground against political bureaucracies, big businesses (busted numerous trusts), and in the worker’s unions that he championed. Often he made decisions that could have meant political suicide and physical danger. He didn’t care what was popular, he cared for what was right.
If you like reading, I highly highly recommend Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership by Jon Knokey.
It focuses on Theodore Roosevelt’s life before the presidency, attempting to follow his growth from sickly nobody to commanding leader.
I enjoyed every page.
Guys, I love quotes, I love biographies, and I love me some role models. I could do a weekly series highlighting my favorite role models from history, pop culture, and my own life. But would you, dear reader, be interested in that?
Please comment and let me know!