Writer’s Name: Dominique Wilkins
Title: The Next Big Thing
When people talk about leaders, they think only of the large ones in our history, such as the headliners for the movements. They think of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X or even Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama. The headlines do not create leaders. Anyone can be a leader. It is best that we all stand up as leaders, to show our children how easy it is.
In today’s society, we need leaders. We need individuality instead of an entourage. In the current times that we are living in, I see more people looking to jump on the band wagon of what the next person is doing or saying. They want to be in the “in crowd” versus just wanting to be happy. It is very possible to be a leader in your own right, but still follow another person. For example, if a young adult shows determination, motivation, respect, pride and trust in God, then they are very capable of being successful. If you are successful, it will prompt people to follow you to share in your success, which officially makes you a leader.
Johnita Thompson wanted to be an author. Not just one who wrote books, but a good author who wrote books that encouraged and inspired. She had been standing on her soap box for so long, voicing her opinions against the machine and defending the wronged. She decided to take it a step further and put it on paper and reach as many people as possible through her writing style and messages. She had gone through some things of her own and was able to come away from them with her lessons and now she wanted to reach back in that dark world to help others. The first thing she needed was motivation. She found it when she decided that she did not want to suffer again from her own experience.
Motivation wasn’t enough to be successful. Yet, when she decided that not allowing herself to go back was not enough, she developed determination to save another soul. She wanted to tell her story and reach out to others and speak from that dark place that others are either in or left, to comfort them with promises of a better tomorrow. She felt that lifestyle; ignorance was not the answer. She would educate others in their language and lead by example. So, she did her research and wrote with a vengeance. She published a book that made her so very proud and that would reach women in various situations from all walks of life. The situations went from extreme to everyday disrespect.
With the love of God, who brought her out of her own dark place, she was fierce. She knew that all things were possible through her lord and savior. Johnita thanked him every chance that she had. With God on her side, she was unstoppable and she glowed. It looked good on her and people from far and wide were prepared to follow someone.
So far, Jonita is sizing up to be a very good leader. She is motivated, determined and God fearing already. She knows that she must be respectful of her readers at any rate, because without humility and respect, no one would be interested in reading your book and sharing it with anyone else to get the word out. Then if they did buy the book, but chose not to recommend it or appreciate it, it would just be another book filling up the shelf and collecting dust. People love to be respected. It makes them feel valuable and it allows them to earn respect for you in return. Now, they are appreciating your determination and they are seeing your drive and believe in you. They trust you now and will follow you. You are capable of leading them. One more thing, before you do…
You must be proud of yourself and your work. If you do not take pride in what you do or the product that represents you, your following will not last as long. Pride starts from within. If you are not proud of what you are and have done, why should anyone else?
These are certain qualities that will guarantee success every time - whether it is in writing a book, or singing a song or dancing a jig. In your own right, anyone can be a leader. It is perfectly acceptable to be a follower as well. You must learn from someone, though you cannot just follow ANYONE. You can follow other people in other industries and professions. You will never be able to perfect everything, so even leaders have to follow.
Whatever you do, leave your mark and set a good example!!