Monday, November 14, 2005
Who Is Watching You!
I have read and seen many interviews by those who are involved in professional sports, television and movies. One thing that was constant in many of the interviews by those who were excelling was this, some who needs the support of their fans to spend their dollars to attend their events seemed to always announce that they were not role models. Especially when they have been caught acting poorly in public.
I can recall Charles Barkley rambling often and so many others that same phrase, 'I am not your children's parents, teacher, preacher, or role model'. But let me say this: I beg to differ. This is why. As people who are seen as leaders in their chosen fields you have a moral responsibility to act in accordance to a moral standard, which simply means to be respectful law-abiding tax-paying contributing citizens. If you are someone who is in the public face and have the attention of our children and others, you can't help but be a role model whether you want to or not.
Trust me there are so many more from Whitney Houston, P Diddy or Puffy, Eminen, Anna Nicole Smith, Pete Rose, most of the folks in President Bush circle, Martha Stewart, Charlie Sheen and some of his brat pack pals, Hugh Grant, and others, too numerous to name.
You probably did not go into your chosen fields to be a role model, but you expect others to patronize your services, so whether or not you wanted to become a role model or not, you are.
Even me. As a columnist, author and a manager in a highly visible position I must act accordingly. No I didn't ask to be a role model but people are watching you because they want to be just like you. There are so many people who are trying to find themselves. They are watching what foods you eat, the clothes you wear and the things you do. They are not watching out of envy but out of admiration. They are young folks who are developing into her adulthood. They are seeking careers and looking for a place in life to be a part of. What if I or you were a drug abuser, a husband beater, a robber or a murderer, they would be so disappointed that they may just give up.
It is important that we show a public face in a respectful way. I say this because each of us whether we admit it or not became who we are in our chosen fields or joined a gang or chosed what ever we are doing because there were others before us who paved the way...
Ponder this! Is someone watching you to decide his future...be careful because you never know who you might be impressing.