Davie - Here's the Tangent . . .In an e-mail to a good friend yesterday I had a thought and meant to expand on it in that e-mail, but forgot, so I'm expanding here. Yesterday I was responding to Davie in an ongoing thread we've been having about spirituality (OK, you can get up off the floor now) and one of the things I mentioned was my church youth group. It occurred to me during that e-mail that I was kind of the de-facto leader of our youth group. Everyone kind of looked at me for direction. It triggered a chain reaction in my mind. Please note, this post is not to "toot my own horn" rather I noticed a pattern in my life yesterday and I'm wondering what it will be like if I actually embrace it and revel in it.
Before I get started, I want to mention that I've always admired my dad (OK Dad, you can get up off the floor now) and I don't think I've ever said that really TO him before. But working for the Post Office for an ungodly amount of years, he was a manager fairly early in his career. He went from management to being a Station manager to being a full fledged postmaster of Ocean Shores before he finally retired. I've always admired that leadership quality in him. Other than a couple of rotten apples towards the end, everyone I ever spoke to about my dad enjoyed working with him and for him. I really admired that quality about him and always thought I didn't have much of that in ME.
That view is about to change:
- In High School, I was voted president of our explorer post for search and rescue. I wasn't one of the older kids, or even one of the grizzled veterans, but for whatever reason, I got along with everyone and was voted in.
- At church, as I mentioned, I was looked to as the de-facto leader of the youth group. Yes we had a youth pastor that was the real leader, but I think if you polled the people in the group, I was kind of the one to set the direction.
- In DaBoyz group, I'd say Steve and I are maybe looked to a little more for inspiration than the others. For example, I started this whole indoor triathlon deal and it's been awesome to see the boyz really run (and bike and swim) with it. (Please no flames, again I'm not trying to toot my own horn here boyz, just recognizing a pattern)
- I'm part of the Agent Advisory Council at the office. The AAC acts as a sort of liasion between the agents and our broker and staff. We're all a team, but to be picked to be one of 5 agents in the office (out of 90) as part of that team, is really an honor. And the AAC recently nominated me to lead our all agent meeting on Tuesday . . . eeks!
- My broker recently picked me and two other agents in the office to become certified John L. Scott Mentors. This means we get to work with and guide new agents to our office. It's really a cool way to give back and really an honor to be chosen