Byron's Babbles

Who Are You?

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on March 16, 2022

You all know I love the television show Blue Bloods. This past week in Season 12 Episode 16 Officer Angela Reddick (Ilfenesh Hadera) has been shot. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) tells her, “You know who you are. Be that!” There have been comments about that statement and some fellow enthusiasts even think more is yet to come related to the comment. Commissioner Reagan actually made that same comment to her twice in this episode. I think it was Socrates that said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” So, we need to know who we are. For me this has a great deal to do with knowing my core values, feelings, interests, and passions. These provide guidelines I can apply to solve life’s varied issues.

When our outside actions are in accordance with our inside feelings and values, we will experience less inner conflict. We know more about ourselves than anyone else. When we know who we are, we know what we need to do instead of looking for permission from others. When we understand ourself we will begin making a bigger impact on the world. I guess that is the “Be that” part of the quote.

Shakespeare taught us, “to thine own self be true.” If only I could have dinner with Socrates and Shakespeare to discuss this! I believe that to “Be that!” means maximizing our potential. There is no wondering, wishing, or hoping when we know who we are. In fact, we can celebrate being empowered to be who we are. Do you know yourself? If you do, are you willing to “be that” person?


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