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“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me”.
My current Walk into the Future provides multiple opportunities for me to discuss life, travel, interests and potential blog topics with tree branches.
I’m lucky to identify future blog topics from the great people I interact with daily. I can’t develop every idea into something useful for the Walk into the Future blog, but I try extremely hard to never miss a topic to help others on their walk. Thank you to everyone who has sent me topic suggestions so far. Please note, if you haven’t seen your topic then I’m still working on the development process.
I published an article back in October 2019 discussing the challenges superheroes face daily:
This article led to an interesting phone conversation with a tree branch while driving to Orlando for two networking events. Normal conversation but we detoured onto the subject of superpowers. Not the Batman versus Superman hype or who would win a fight type conversation but what superpower would I have. We laughed a bit and I had to put some real thought into what superpower I display.
There are a lot of things I bring forth daily. My main mission has evolved to make a difference daily. Simple enough but I’ve found the best way to accomplish my mission is to find ways to inspire others to reach or exceed their stated goals.
So, my superpower is inspiration! You can still call me Calvin when you see me, but I will answer to Inspiration Man! Nice little ring to it, huh? 😊
Seriously, I view my ability to help others achieve things in their personal and professional lives as making a difference daily. The concept of serving others has been with me for a while now. It started with my many roles in the Air Force (instructor, mentor, leader) and continues to expand with my consulting work as well as former roles in higher education. I don’t have a fancy Inspiration Man uniform (yet) but take pride in being able to guide others and provide tough love when necessary.
My current Walk into the Future provides maximum flexibility to work with diverse people with differing needs for inspiration. I take pride in my ability to listen and then help generate outcomes to assist people I partner with. This process can be formal or informal, but my goal is to leave folks inspired to go tackle their day.
My tree branches get daily and weekly check-ins from me to let them know I’m always here for them. It may not appear to be a lot of inspiration in this process but I’m sure someone smiles when they hear from me—just guessing! 😊 My #1 client is my niece Jayla who will graduate from UCF in May—she gets the full-blown Inspiration Man act daily—even if she doesn’t want it—so lucky!
Speaking engagements and presentations provide me with additional ways to inspire others. I make a point to never turn down a meeting or presentation request because Inspiration Man needs an audience. I see these as opportunities to generate additional tree branches and continue to make a difference in this world. Just finished speaking in 3 Student Success classes at Tallahassee Community College—received the topic the night before the presentations but I willingly accepted the challenge and opportunity to inspire students to find their why. Again, I don’t turn down opportunities if I can help it.
“Be your own hero.”
Recent conversations highlight superpowers for several of my tree branches:
||Connecting with others
||Adaptability / Positivity
||Writing / Editing
||Caring / Empathy
You can see I’m associated with a team of superheroes with diverse and impactful powers. They are making a positive difference in the world and I’m excited to watch them change lives daily—well done team!
Think we need a cool team name—Avengers, Justice League and X-Men are already taken! ☹😊
So, what’s your superpower? How do you use it to make a difference in this world? Can you match the superpower to one of my tree branches? 😊
Thanks for walking with me!
“The most important thing is to try and INSPIRE people so they can be great in whatever they want to do”.