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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

— Payton Thomas

Leaders are made by what they have been through. He or she is an amalgamation of their experience.  I, as a leader, have experienced many things.  Youth Leadership Rutherford is one of those experiences.  Each experience, if handled well, breeds virtue. One of the most vital virtues for leadership is persistence.  Persistence alone, although still virtuous, can sometimes be in vain.  The virtue becomes truly excellent when it is paired with overcoming.  When a hardship can be met with persistence all the way to overcoming, that is when the virtue is most notable.  I am no stranger to struggle, and a certain experience in particular taught me an invaluable life lesson.  A mission trip to the Dominican Republic taught me what service truly was, and I could only learn this firsthand through persistence and overcoming the struggles I faced.

         This trip was different from my other international service trips, as it was the first one I went on without my family.  It took being alone and self-reliant to understand service more fully.  As I boarded the plane with a small group of members from a church, I wasn’t nervous, or tired, or frustrated, at least not yet.  I could only feel the excitement that came every time I set off to a new country.  Upon arrival we were greeted with hospitality and shown around the village and the school we would be helping.  The week’s long trip had just started, and I was ready to serve.

         Our task was to build a second story onto the local schoolhouse and to fellowship with the local people.  The trip ran smoothly the first three days, I was proud of my self-sufficiency both practically and emotionally.  But then the fourth day hit.  Most of our group was sick or stayed in our quarters to help those who were.  I spent that day building only with two other Dominicans who spoke no English.  By the end of the long hot work day, I was filled with frustration and exhaustion.  I had no family with me and no way to communicate with the US.  I had to deal with me, no one else. 

         That night, service to others became real to me.  I prayed for strength and the ability to be a good servant.  After staring at the off color light fixture above my bed for a while, I came to the realization of what it really meant to serve.  The essence of service could be confined to one word, one idea: selflessness.  Pure selflessness was the key to real service.  With this in mind, I continued the trip without frustration or anger for the most part and the exhaustion’s hindrance loosened its grip.  I was no longer focused on myself but rather completely understood for those last three days, I did not matter.  I was a vessel of something greater than myself.  It was not self-diminishment but rather I was able to become part of something greater. 

            The trip ended and my time of service there has been long over, but what I learned there will be applied for the rest of my life.  I will selflessly serve more fully as a result of my persistence on that trip.  The overcoming of the challenges both mental and physical will stay with me through my entire life and the lessons I learned though experience are what separates me as a leader.  That is why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn"

— Payton Thomas

Literacy is a statistic often studied in depth and given much importance.  It’s importance lies in the fact that it is a measurable way of telling if the ability of a society to both stay current and gather information.  Throughout history, reading and writing has been not just the primary, but the only, avenue to stay up to date and gain the information they needed.  Literacy makes people valuable to the society.  Therefore throughout history, literacy has meant has the ability to read a write, to contribute and learn from others who are contributing.  As we are entering a new age of rapidly changing technology, what literacy means to us is changing.  No more is just reading and writing anywhere near adequate to retrieve education and information.  What then is literacy now, since simply reading and writing is outdated?

            Futurist, Alvin Toffler, illuminates what new literacy must consist of, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  He is absolutely correct in his statement.  What Toffler understands is that once technology takes off, reading and writing become simply a base prerequisite to true literacy.  True literacy is the ability to learn how to use each new technology, then when it becomes irrelevant, unlearn that technology and relearn to use a new one.  In an age where the newest versions of things can arise every year or even month, versatility in learning is a necessity.  Not only in does technology seemingly shift every day, but information does too.  With the constant ability to follow news as it happens, versatility in learning is also an important and relevant skill.  Access to information and news has never been as current as it is now.  There is instantaneous coverage of everything from sports to war. When legislation is constantly being changed and international relations shift like sand, the ability to learn these facts, then when the updated facts are presented, to unlearn them and learn the new ones is key to literacy.

            A futurist is someone who postulates future trends usually in society and how they link to the current age.  Alvin Toffler is an excellent example of a good futurist.  His theory of how literacy will change from reading and writing to versatility in learning has much merit and is even being proved in today’s society.  With technology ever changing and instantaneous flows of information, the ability to learn, unreal, and relearn is in fact the new literacy. 

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn"

Michael Zietz

The 21st century has been and will no doubt be the most technologically focused century in history. Formerly stationary careers like journalist for a national or global newspaper are becoming incredibly techno-centric. In a 2012 Op-Ed in the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas Friedman wrote about the modern New York Times journalist. Twitter feeds, online submissions, web-video logs and columns are daily preoccupations of on-site journalists for the New York Times. Long gone are the days of only writing in an ever-lit Manhattan cubicle for a print paper.

Key to success as a modern government is the ability to train and keep well-educated and adaptable pre-trained workforce. Attracting innovating and futuristic industry can be key to enormous financial growth and notoriety. In 2003, three Estonian computer programmers created Skype, an online video-conference company. By 2010, Skype had over 663 million registered users, and was sold to Microsoft in 2011 for 8.5 billion dollars.

Attracting large technological industry must not only be the domain of nations, however. Regions, states, and localities must attempt to draw GDP-boosting industry as well. To provide an appealing location for companies is, however, a very expensive ordeal. Corporations have ever-shrinking budgets for the on-site training of new employees who previously lack the skills required to succeed at their jobs. Quality public educational opportunities for local residents is key to the development of an educated workforce.

As important as high-quality preliminary education is for basis ability, adaptability is certainly the most important facet of a good employee base. Training received years before a technological advancement will be unusable for major innovations. If, for example, employees had been unable to adapt to the universal presence of computers in the modern workplace, productivity and growth would have been stunted. Enormous amounts of resources could have been necessary to hire a new workforce or tutor each existing worker. Rather than to to this expenditure, it was found convenient to require adaptation. Today it would be unimaginable not to see a computer in an office. The success of the powerful technology was thanks to the adaptability and flexibility of a workforce.

If society plans to continue innovating and creating new techniques, it will become invaluable to be highly adaptable to new ways of operating and paradigms.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

Alexa Stroh

Today’s world contains too many followers. It is so easy to succumb to the hoi polloi and let others take the initiative. Not helping with this problem are the innumerable social media sites. You can “follow” people on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.  What is even worse is that often one has to “request” to follow someone, meaning the followed is able to choose his followers. A world so caught up in this needs great leaders to change it. Leaders not only are able to see a need in this world, but also find a way to fix it. I think one of the biggest needs in today’s society is for leadership and the ability to take initiative and that is why the world needs me to be a leader.

One of the most important qualities in a leader is the ability to listen. There has never been a successful and praised leader who has led solely by one’s own thoughts and perspective. I am very much so a people person and love to listen to what others have to say. I think a great way to learn is to force yourself to think differently by listening to, discussing, or observing other people’s thoughts and actions on a specific matter. Take Martin Luther King Jr. for example. He witnessed and heard about all of the race riots that were taking place in cities in the North and was able to learn the negative effects this had on the government and the whites in the era of civil rights. He was able to realize that such violent acts did not work and set back progress. Thus, he was able to create a powerful influence by taking a different approach and organizing nonviolent protests and marches. King learned from the actions of others, and though he used their actions to form his own, he is still recognized as a great leader and innovator of civil rights. Similarly, I try to build my decisions upon the thoughts of others and the effect it will have on them. In doing so, I hope to be a positive influence and showcase my leadership abilities.

Not only does a great leader need to know how to be in charge, but how to influence others to action. Today’s world is so overcome with feelings of entitlement. Children, like me, growing up in this period are known as the “Me” generation, but we cannot be blamed. We have grown up with everything at our fingertips. We have seen the cell phone become a handheld computer, a watch transformed into something like the spy phones you only saw in movies, and internet become wireless. Because of this we expect everything to be instantaneous and everyone to succumb to our every need; however I believe these expectations are getting our generation nowhere. The world needs leaders like me to persuade people to take initiative in what they want done and not wait on others to do it for them. By keeping people well informed and staying organized a leader is able to achieve these things.

In a generation of followers, the world needs people to stand out from the crowd and take a stand. However, before forming a plan one must be willing to take ideas of others as well as possible effects into consideration. This generation needs leaders to influence them into a more positive and do-it-yourself ways of thinking. I am ready to make this change and that is why the world needs me to be a leader!

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, as a leader"

Michael Zietz

         The world needs me, specifically, to be a leader because I want to go into medicine as a career. More precisely, I would like to be a surgeon. In the ever-changing world of medicine it is vital not only to adapt quickly to new advances, but also to take both leadership and team-member roles. As an attending surgeon (many years after medical school and years after residency), one takes on the role of leader of the operating room. Surgeons must manage the entire operation of a patient getting better. Vital to patient outcomes  is the leadership that a surgeon must demonstrate both inside and outside the operating room. He or she must be able to coordinate the various efforts and specialties of different medical professionals from anesthesiologists to nurses.

                This is why I want to be a surgeon: I want to be able to directly help ill people get better and interact directly with these patients. Important qualities of excellent surgeons are not only steady hands and no fear of blood but also a cool head, decisive ability, and outstanding interpersonal skills. Interestingly, these seems to correspond with common leadership traits. I suspect this is not purely coincidental; surgeons are leaders.

                As a surgeon, one works in one of the oldest and most noble of traditions: a doctor. A surgeon takes people who have various ailments and problems and fixes them using the least intrusive possible approach. In essence, the patients best interest is always the top priority, followed by patient comfort. Such a career is truly a career dedicated to the service of others, and one that is vital to the continuation of the human race.

                Leadership is mandatory for a surgeon and since the entire profession is dedicated to helping other people with illnesses and injuries, it seems to be a great opportunity to use scientific aptitude and interest combined with desire to help and leadership skills. The world needs leaders, and one of the many types of leaders is a surgeon. The world is in need of surgeons to promote its continuation and allow further accomplishment and advancement to further improve the human condition. The world needs me to be a leader because the world needs medical doctors who are willing and able to diagnose and treat ailments and injuries of all kinds that befall everyone.

                Lastly, leadership can extend into research in the medical field. Although treatment is a very worthwhile use of time, it may not be as useful as finding a better solution to a given problem. For example, treating symptoms of polio was not as useful as developing a polio vaccine. Treating people with heart problems was not as useful as developing new techniques and transplantation methods. In essence, leading a group of motivated individuals to develop new and better techniques can be the most useful way to advance humanity. If I am truly able to reach such a point, the world certainly needs my abilities and leadership in such an honorable capacity.

 

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, as a leader"

— Sean Huber

             The world needs many leaders. Without leaders there would be confusion and chaos through the world. Leaders are vital because they take action and make changes happen. To be an effective leader you have to have the right qualities to be able to lead. I feel the world needs me to be a leader because I have the qualities necessary to make a difference.

            Throughout my life I have had a passion to change our society and world for the better. This is especially true when I see the problems in our world that need to be fixed. When I want to make a difference or find a solution I visualize my goal or solution. I know and recognize the steps necessary to achieve the goal and move in the right direction. This is why leadership is for me.

            When something is not right it needs to be righted. When something is not working it needs to be changed. This is how I feel about many issues in our world today. I consider various solutions to our problems and how effective each of them would be. This is a very imaginative process that keeps me inspired and passionate.

            In this imaginative process, I begin to visualize the solution and goal in my mind. The steps to achieve the goal are laid out clearly in front of me; either in my mind or on paper. To continue with the visualization I see the final product or solution and what needs to be done in order to reach completion. Once I visualize the goal, I am able to provide guidance to motivate myself and others in seeing and achieving that goal. I am loyal to my values and to the right solution. To lead others through this process I communicate with them to the full extent.

            Once I visualize the goal, the best solution, and steps to achieve the goal everything is then laid out and tasks may be completed. I am a very hard worker when it comes to leadership. I work hard on every step of the process in order to ultimately achieve the goal. For me, knowing the right direction is vital in order to know which steps to begin with. Being able to lay out tasks in order to reach a solution is what makes a productive leader. Through these steps, I push myself and others to be creative and think beyond the common solutions. Thinking outside the box is imperative for leaders in order to find the best solutions to problems.

            I feel the world needs me to be a leader and I aspire to lead. This is because I want to change the world and our society for the better. This is especially true when I see something wrong. When it is time to take initiative to lead I can visualize the goal to reach it in the end. For me, the right direction is clear to start laying out the steps to achieve it. If the right direction is not completely clear I then search for solutions by researching and brainstorming. I provide guidance during the process in order to motivate others to be creative in finding a solution or reaching a goal. I am very hard worker when it comes to completing the steps to reach the goal and able to put my focus and energy into the final objective. It is very important to me to be loyal to values and beliefs but also to be open to fresh ideas and listen to others. Leaders take action to change the world; this is why the world needs me.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, as a leader"

— Payton Thomas

          Leaders are made by what they have been through. He or she is an amalgamation of their experience.  I, as a leader, have experienced many things.  Youth Leadership Rutherford is one of those experiences.  Each experience, if handled well, breeds virtue. One of the most vital virtues for leadership is persistence.  Persistence alone, although still virtuous, can sometimes be in vain.  The virtue becomes truly excellent when it is paired with overcoming.  When a hardship can be met with persistence all the way to overcoming, that is when the virtue is most notable.  I am no stranger to struggle, and a certain experience in particular taught me an invaluable life lesson.  A mission trip to the Dominican Republic taught me what service truly was, and I could only learn this firsthand through persistence and overcoming the struggles I faced .

         This trip was different from my other international service trips, as it was the first one I went on without my family.  It took being alone and self reliant to understand service more fully.  As I boarded the plane with a small group of members from a church, I wasn’t nervous, or tired, or frustrated, at least not yet.  I could only feel the excitement that came every time I set off to a new country.  Upon arrival we were greeted with hospitality and shown around the village and the school we would be helping.  The week’s long trip had just started, and I was ready to serve.

         Our task was to build a second story onto the local schoolhouse and to fellowship with the local people.  The trip ran smoothly the first three days, I was proud of my self sufficiency both practically and emotionally.  But then the fourth day hit.  Most of our group was sick or stayed in our quarters to help those who were.  I spent that day building only with two other Dominicans who spoke no English.  By the end of the long hot work day, I was filled with frustration and exhaustion.  I had no family with me and no way to communicate with the US.  I had to deal with me, no one else. 

         That night, service to others became real to me.  I prayed for strength and the ability to be a good servant.  After staring at the off color light fixture above my bed for a while, I came to the realization of what it really meant to serve.  The essence of service could be confined to one word, one idea: selflessness.  Pure selflessness was the key to real service.  With this in mind, I continued the trip without frustration or anger for the most part and the exhaustion’s hindrance loosened it grip.  I was no longer focused on myself but rather completely understood for those last three days, I did not matter.  I was a vessel of something greater than myself.  It was not self-diminishment but rather I was able to become part of something greater. 

            The trip ended and my time of service there has been long over, but what I learned there will be applied for the rest of my life.  I will selflessly serve more fully as a result of my persistence on that trip.  The overcoming of the challenges both mental and physical will stay with me through my entire life and the lessons I learned though experience are what separates me as a leader.  That is why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader.

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"Literacy as Learning"

— Payton Thomas

            Literacy is a statistic often studied in depth and given much importance.  It’s importance lies in the fact that it is a measurable way of telling if the ability of a society to both stay current and gather information.  Throughout history, reading and writing has been not just the primary, but the only, avenue to stay up to date and gain the information they needed.  Literacy makes people valuable to the society.  Therefore throughout history, literacy has meant has the ability to read a write, to contribute and learn from others who are contributing.  As we are entering a new age of rapidly changing technology, what literacy means to us is changing.  No more is just reading and writing anywhere near adequate to retrieve education and information.  What then is literacy now, since simply reading and writing is outdated?

            Futurist, Alvin Toffler, illuminates what new literacy must consist of, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  He is absolutely correct in his statement.  What Toffler understands is that once technology takes off, reading and writing become simply a base prerequisite to true literacy.  True literacy is the ability to learn how to use each new technology, then when it becomes irrelevant, unlearn that technology and relearn to use a new one.  In an age where the newest versions of things can arise every year or even month, versatility in learning is a necessity.  Not only in does technology seemingly shift every day, but information does too.  With the constant ability to follow news as it happens, versatility in learning is also an important and relevant skill.  Access to information and news has never been as current as it is now.  There is instantaneous coverage of everything from sports to war. When legislation is constantly being changed and international relations shift like sand, the ability to learn these facts, then when the updated facts are presented, to unlearn them and learn the new ones is key to literacy.

            A futurist is someone who postulates future trends usually in society and how they link to the current age.  Alvin Toffler is an excellent example of a good futurist.  His theory of how literacy will change from reading and writing to versatility in learning has much merit and is even being proved in today’s society.  With technology ever changing and instantaneous flows of information, the ability to learn, unreal, and relearn is in fact the new literacy.

           

           

 

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

Elam Miller

          The world needs leaders!  Leaders run countries.  Leaders are innovative and think of new ideas.  Leaders can motivate a group to move forward.  Leaders can cause paradigm shifts sparking change and a whole new way of thinking.  I believe that I am a leader and that I can do something great for our world.

            My whole life I have always felt the calling to be a leader.  It started off probably as me being “bossy” as a child.  Over time it has developed and is constantly being shaped into what it is today.  Throughout my life I have always run to be the president of a club, or the leader in a group, or the one who sticks up for his buddy when everyone else is laughing at him. 

            These are my skill sets. Everyone has different skills, but my skills are the ability to motivate a group to moving forward, the ability to be organized, focused and get work done, and the ability to have people follow me.  And for me those skills are perfect leadership qualities.  If I were to ignore these skills and not use them to better the world it could be detrimental.  Look at all the change Martin Luther King Junior did for our world.  Imagine if Martin Luther King Junior never gave his “I Have a Dream Speech.”  Can you imagine how different our world would be today?  So that is why I don’t want to ignore my abilities, what if I am being called to change the world for the better.

            Changing the world is something I have always wanted to do.  I believe in progress, which is constantly needed in order to keep the world moving.  As much as I want to spark progress and change the world, it is a lot harder of a process than it sounds.  I have no earthly idea what I can do to change the world! But I believe that I am on the right track.

            Simple things can change the world.  Standing up to a bully when he is making fun of another kid at school can change the world.  Spending your spring break on a mission trip in Haiti can change the world.  Speaking out for equal rights can change the world.  Not drinking or doing drugs can change the world.  These are the things I am doing now as a 17 year old kid in Rutherford County that I believe are changing the world.  See, when one person does something good in front of other people it sparks a domino effect.  The person watching will later become the person doing the action in front of other people and so on.

            In conclusion, the world needs me to be a leader.  That is my calling and if I do not use my skills then I could very easily be depriving the world of progress.  Changing the world is not hard.  It has to start small but grow into something huge! Martin Luther King Junior said it well when he said “I have a dream” because that is what it starts out as, a dream.  A little seed that blooms into a huge tree causing the world to be a better place.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Elam Miller

           I strongly believe in this quote.  Technology is constantly changing in his century.  Ideas on public rights and ways to run a country are constantly changing.  Lastly, ways that we keep our environment are changing.

            Technology is constantly changing at a rapid pace.  If us as humans cannot learn how to use it to its potential, then be able to unlearn and relearn when it changes, then we will not be able to compete in this century.  The 21st century alone has already made more technological advancements than the entire 20th century.  Thus again, reemphasizing the importance of being able to change.

            Not only is technology changing, but so is our culture, especially in America.  Think about it, 60 years ago whites and blacks were not allowed to use the bathroom in the same place or watch a movie together.  But today we have a Black president! Isn’t that awesome?  But unfortunately due to some people not having the ability to unlearn and relearn, there is still much racism going on towards people, even if some people make excuses for it or don’t realize what they are doing, it still is going on!

            Lastly, as this century progresses we are getting more and more green!  We are beginning to notice changes in our environment, changes that we are ‘learning’ how to fix by doing simple things such as recycling.  Many businesses today have already learned that people like green and have started to offer green cups.

            In conclusion, our culture is rapidly changing.  Not having the ability to change with it, will hinder you from being able to make any progress.  Whether it be with public rights, technology, or even just keeping our environment clean, it is important to always be able to change!

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, as a leader"

Johnny Rodgers

       The world needs me to be a leader for many reasons.  Actually everyone is a leader in their own way.  It is said that one person can influence at least 250 others within their lifetime.  In a perfect world where there are no challenges and everything coerces, there is no leadership needed.  However, that is not the case; we have a plethora of challenges in the government and business sectors of the United States. We can lead/influence others by what we say and do and even by how we do it.  Today, leadership is not just restricted to the highest level positions in a firm or at a company.  Really any position can deal with leadership responsibilities.  In the world we live in today, there is a rather large shortage of truly great leaders who are confident, trustworthy, ethical and have set high standards for what they wish to achieve.
     I see this world as having a lot of turbulence especially with foreign affairs at the moment.  The number of men and women that need to step up and take control as a leader is large and that number will only continue to rise in the future.  Leaders today often tend to be deceitful and frequently abuse their power.  Despite these aspects, we still need leaders in this world to guide us.  Life is difficult as it is and it presents is challenges each and every day.  Because of this, the population elects officials or leaders that make the decisions for the general public.  We rely on these leaders. They provide different viewpoints that broaden our narrow vision on issues.  I myself can give the world a vision of life itself.
The people need to be motivated and intrigued by this vision that presents their life filled with purpose.  People will begin to work hard and be efficient if they feel they are making a difference in the community or elsewhere.
     In addition, our world needs our leadership because with poor leadership comes crippled businesses, down turning economies, and even the destruction of nations.  Leadership is a role that is bestowed upon and should be treated with absolute respect.  My leadership will help the betterment of those of whom I lead.  The world needs deep thinkers who are open to challenge, dialogue and debate.  To be successful, I will learn from events both positive and negative, listen to those who present a varying viewpoint, and act immediately without hesitation.
     Furthermore, the world needs leaders who are persistent and do not back down.  No one wants to follow someone who looks timid and shy. There will eventually be resistance by some individuals. As long as I have a plan, I am sticking to it.  The world needs me as a leader because I am organized a make a plan beforehand, always strive to do my best on each and everything I do, as well as simply being ethical.  The leaders of this country are not currently strong in my opinion and I feel that having those attributes is why the world needs my leadership.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, as a leader"

Collin Stoecker

In today’s modern world there are a multitude of areas that need reform, or simply need more volunteers to improve current situations. To make these improvements, a leader must take initiative and realize then problem and then put a plan into action. I see myself as someone who can make a difference not just in our local community, however on a global scale due to my enthusiasm, determination, and love for anything that I put to my mind. I truly believe that I could make an impact as a leader in the modern world.

People sit around and see things going on in their community that they do not approve of, however they sit around and say “eh somebody will fix it”. This attitude towards reformation in the modern world is what has caused people drift away from involvement in their community. When I see a problem in my community I begin thinking of solutions immediately  that could better the situation for all who are involved. This kind of thinking is what I believe puts me ahead of the game. If there were more innovative people in the world, projects and activities to better our community would become a natural thing due to the creation a new found involvement. However people continue to sit around and watch as their issues pile up and do nothing about them. I saw that kids in our community needed more books to be able to expand their education so I decided to donate a large collection of books so that these children will have better educational opportunities. Little acts like these can truly affect a community once they happen over and over again.


People can be sluggish when a task is assigned to them. Not all work can be a good time. There are points where you need to put your hard hat and gloves on and truly get dirty working. This may not be the easiest thing to do but once it is finished, the sense of accomplishment is one of the best feelings a body can obtain. By working hard and completing tasks, more things are accomplished in a shorter amount of time. Leaders show initiative again my being the first to dive right into these difficult jobs and show that there is true worth from strenuous work. On my baseball team at first everyone was hesitant about getting assigned daily jobs that must be completed. However once they saw me and a few select others embrace these new clean up jobs as a prideful thing, everyone jumped on board and began taking true pride in their work.

Determination is a word to describe someone who is thrown down in a fight and continuously regains his consciousness and fights back. A person who will not be denied until a goal is reached. If every person had this quality then so many more goals would be reached instead of just dreaming of what might have been. I showed determination this summer to prove to Project Help that I was the best assistant that had ever worked there. I was playing baseball four nights and continued to show up for eight o’clock classes the next morning to help my little friends learn and have a better experience in preschool. Determination is the mental ability to push through difficult situations because you know the outcome will be worth it.

I feel like in today’s modern world I could succeed as a leader due to the fact that I have certain intangibles that not everyone has. One example, even if it is a poor example, is me writing this paper at twelve thirty at night when I have to wake up at six. I found the determination to complete it and turn it in. I am also enthused about anything I put my mind to. No matter what, nothing will take my mind off a task that I believe could benefit someone in someway. And finally I love creating new ways to assist people. By doing this I get a satisfaction and look to do this as much as possible. With this set of leadership criteria I believe I could help the modern world today by showing that you must go out and work hard for your wishes, not sit back and wish for them.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn"

Johnny Rodgers

Alvin Toffler once stated that “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  I do believe this statement is accurate because individuals within this century are constantly subjected to change.  One must be able to adapt to current culture.  The ability to read and write are skills that deal heavily with the abilities to learn and relearn.  With culture and technology changing at the expedited rate it is, learning is one of the most important aspects of life.  While certain things change, others become obsolete and we must unlearn them to make way for the new. To ensure the best results and maintain intelligence, relearn things you have already mastered to keep a keen understanding of the particular subject.


 Throughout his years, Toffler became known as a futurist.  He expressed that a major part of society as we know it is the use of technology.  Computers, phones, radio, you name it; within the past several years, leaps and bounds have been made in every area.  The impact it has had is overwhelming to the mind.  Eventually, technology could become the very basis of life and society will not even need to have the ability to read and write.  Illiteracy will evolve into the form of whether or not one knows how to work and manage this technology.  Alvin Toffler was correct in his assumption that in the future, illiteracy will not be judged on the fact one knows how to read or write but rather on the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn"

— Josh Hooper

American futurist, Alvin Toffler stated that “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  This is a quote that I highly agree with because this idea is very relatable to our world today because our world is changing rapidly and drastically, whether we like it or not; therefore, we must adapt to what our society is becoming.  If we are not able to learn the new techniques, then we will be left behind and clueless on what is actually happening in the modern world.  For example, in the work force there is always new and improved ways to do something, and if workers are not willing to learn the new techniques, then they will be replaced by more capable minds that are willing to seize their opportunity.  The old workers would then be compelled to find a new occupation or scramble to get their job back.

            This idea also goes along with the concept of unlearning and relearning something.  The ideas of unlearning and relearning are much different then learning because it is where you must forget or remember something that you did in your past.  Both of these are sacrifices that you have to be willing to make, if you are to succeed in our ever-changing society.  In conclusion, Toffler is implying that not being able to learn or adjust to what is happening around you is far worse than not being able to read or write, and I strongly agree because only those that can change what they are doing at a moment’s notice will succeed in our world today.

 

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"If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it"

Sophia Akatue  

This is how I think of my life. I exist but there is that part of me that needs to be read and I play the role in that book being written. I feel that I have a leadership role that will impact generations to come. In my lifetime there have been several events that have already claimed a chapter in my book. The Leadership Rutherford program has written a chapter already. Furthermore, I know that the world needs me specifically to be a leader because I understand the qualities of a good leader and strive to emulate that. A few of these include confidence and care. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. The key is to understand the major difference between arrogance and confidence. However, leaders also have to care about the group mission that they are a part of but more importantly about the people in it and impacted by it. The world needs to be a leader because of not only my understanding of what it takes to be a good leader but the qualities of a leader that I already possess.
    The first one is my skill of communication. I understand that the message delivered is not what you say but how you say it. Knowing this is essential to convey messages and ideas. I have a diverse outlook on the world because I see the world from various aspects and angles. There have been unique experiences in my life that have shaped my perspective on certain ideas that I would love to share. I believe that it is not about just me alone; it is best to include everyone in my vision. I have ideas from various programs that have inspired me and I would enjoy comparing ideas to those of others.
     I always strive to complete tasks to the best of my abilities. I have relentless zeal to persevere regardless of my circumstance, a quality that I demonstrate in every difficult situation. I also have the ability to take charge but at the same time, the decency to regard others and listen to what others have to say. I believe whole heartedly that the smartest people are the ones who listen.
Over the years I have acquired the ability to serve others and, in doing so, achieve greatness.
   One of my favorite slogans is the Nike slogan “Just do it”. This quote stresses the importance of being proactive. It also means just “make it happen “which I am a very firm believer of. I am all about team effort, but I do believe that everybody has their own responsibility and should act accordingly.
I am a huge visionary, so I think that my imagination will be an asset to my community as well