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Impact definition: the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another (that was last month); to have a strong effect on someone or something. Yes I am talking about the second definition, to have a strong effect on someone. You can boil life down to the people we know and the impact we have made upon their lives. Looking back at my life, several people have made a profound impact upon me. There were a few select teachers, coaches, friends, mentors, and family members. I think the person that made the most impact on me was my Dad. He was a hard worker, sports enthusiast, student of human behavior; and had a level of compassion, that looking back, was pretty impressive. I think that his qualities generally shaped who I am today, although I am in a completely different lifestyle and profession. Nonetheless, the effects he made upon my life from an early age run deeply in me. I’m pretty sure that most of the impact my Dad had on

me was unconscious, it was just him living his life the way he did. He may not have given a lot of thought about being a model for me, but then again maybe he did? The takeaway from this is that all of us can be a teacher, a mentor, a coach, and model things to our family; as well as those that we come into contact with. Just think about that for a minute. We have the ability to shape the behavior, fundamental value level, and potential life path of those in our sphere of influence. That is a pretty profound statement. Being a mentor is gratifying but it does come with responsibility. As Spider Man said “with great power comes great responsibility.” Let’s use this potential to have a strong effect on someone we know and consciously shape their life path!

Tim Bonack


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