What would my Ideal job be, well let’s see I have always wanted to be a coach of some sort whether I am coaching football, basketball, or baseball etc. No matter what that particular sport is I want to coach it. The reason behind this is because I have always seen myself as some type of positive mentor to you kids. I can say that I learned this from my coach about eleven years ago. He was a real leader and when he said something you listened he always had your attention no matter what.
He could walk into a room and there would be instant silence even if the teacher was giving a class. He led by actually be that positive role model, you never saw him doing the negative things that our kids see their so-called role models doing today. For example there was this one time during the summer of 2000, when I was just a bullheaded stubborn little teenager who would not listen to anyone. I was playing football at the time and I thought that was all that mattered football, “Forget my grades everything will be fine” is what I told myself.
Turns out I was wrong and that summer I could not do weight training or summer workouts with the team because of my grades. He came to me and pretty much told me like it was, he didn’t sugar coat anything which is what I think I needed at the time because no one ever talked to me like that. In much nicer words he said to me, “Milton you have so much potential not only on the football field but you have the potential to be something great in life and you’re wasting it all because you want to be an idiot”.
In my head I was thinking, “WOW I have never had someone talk to me like that before”. I immediately started thinking about straightening up my act and getting into summer school in order to play football because I didn’t want to let him or my teammates down. By the end of that summer I became eligible to play football in the fall and I owe it all to my coach. If he did not lay it all on the line for me the way he did I would not be the person I am today.
Until this day I always show my Marines that positive side of me that I want them to embrace and possibly one day that would help them, help someone else. I don’t want them to look at me as I looked at my coach as a mentor more than just someone older than them just trying to tell them what to do. That is the reason that I would want my ideal job to be a coach, I just want to be a mentor to young kids and possibly that positive role model for some adults to want to immolate.
I want to show people how to be an actual leader by example instead of leading by what I call bully ship. As an adult I think you should always look back and see who was that positive person in your life and take what you learned from them, put your own spin to it and use it to be that one life changer in someone’s life. I say that because there is someone out there watching all of us and what they see you do is what they are going to either want to do or someone they want to immolate.