The Chronicle of Leadership: Lessons from Inspiration

Updated on July 15, 2019
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Dawson is a sophomore studying athletic training at Central Missouri and aspires to work with soccer athletes.


As I've discussed in my previous article, The Chronicle of Leadership: Lessons from Higher Education, I have a desire to inspire athletes. But the question is always, "why?" or "how?" and I have not taken the time to figure out why or how. The focus isn't always on athletes, but I've said the same thing in interviews to become a residential advisor. Having the opportunity to work as a University Housing summer conference assistant has given me, so far, 210.73 hours (of desk shifts) to really figure this all out.

Early Shifts

It wasn't really until one of my 3am-9am shifts that really transcribed how I want to inspire others. About two hours into my shift, a familiar resident came up to the front desk to talk about college and general advice. I'm not going to get into the entire conversation, but he mentioned how he's on the autism spectrum, and that he has Asperger's disease. He and I had a deep conversation about self-love and I'll sum it up with this quote:

"I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” ― Takeshi Shudo, The Art of Pokemon, the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back!

A few days later, he posted a video on social media quoting something I had said to him, and how he would not let his circumstances affect his future, and I was personally moved by the whole experience. In the days following, his whole attitude towards life was transformed; and I'm honored to have been a part of it. Inspiration comes in all forms and can change individuals in ways that no one knows or can even begin to comprehend.

Final Thoughts

Don't get me wrong, I want to inspire millions of people and change how they perceive life. And sometimes I shouldn't always point to my story as gospel to show how I overcame adversity at my mother's house, but I should listen openly and examine others' situations to show them how they can better their own lives. Inspiring others is something I will continue to do, as I continue my journey in college.

I'm not going to go and lecture mobs and groups of people, but what I will do is listen, care, and provide empathy for each person as they open up and share what really matters to them. Each person is unique and was created specifically in their own domain, and I will take this approach to my career in athletic training.


“A Quote from The Art of Pokemon, the Movie.” Goodreads, Goodreads,

© 2019 Dawson Davis


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