As Barack Obama has officially left the White House and Donald Trump moves in, I reflect on the things that I have learned from one of my heroes, Barack Obama:
In descending order....
5) To keep fit:
Barack Obama (along with his wife, Michelle) is a zealous advocate of healthy living and fitness.
It is known that Mr. Obama works out for 45 minutes, 6 days a week. Aside from all the health benefits, I’m sure his workouts contribute to his mental sharpness and had a positive effect on his leadership of the United States.
4) To be a family man:
Despite all the engagements and immense hard work it takes to be the President of the United States, Obama is the ultimate family man. At his re-election speech, he said:
“And I wouldn't be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too, as our nation's first lady. Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you're growing up to become two strong, smart beautiful young women, just like your mom. And I'm so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog's probably enough.”
So, if the busiest man in the world can do it, so can we! No excuses.
3) To lead by example:
Whether it is ending the war in Iraq, eliminating Osama bin Laden, or fighting against climate change, Barack Obama is always hands-on and leads by example.
We can all learn from this and apply this attitude to our own lives.
2) To be yourself:
Obama has taught us to stick by what we believe in and be ourselves.
Watching his interviews on Ellen, Jimmy Fallon and Bear Grylls, we realize he is so relatable and humble.
1) To not be afraid of showing emotion:
People in a position of power often believe that they need to show they are strong at all times and that crying or expressing emotion is a sign of weakness.
The complete opposite is true. We have seen Obama very publicly show his emotions, specifically during his speech on the tragic Newtown Connecticut Shooting, as well as his Farewell Speech.
Conveying emotion does not show weakness; it shows that you are human and possess empathy.
These are 5 things I have learned from President Barack Obama. Let me know if there are other things you have learned.
Let’s all hope that Donald Trump can do a great job as president.