Happy Tuesday #Jontourage,
Welcome back to the “Classy Gent Chronicles”, where staying classy is the only way to be. Let's jump right into it....
When my job interviews student staff candidates, we always ask the question, “what role do you typically play with your friends?” I want everyone to take a moment and answer that question. Are you the big brother, the mother, the bully, the advocate, the silly one? Well when it comes to my relationships with my friends, I would like to think I am the encourager and the listener. I am always trying to help people get back on their feet. Sometimes, that trait can translate into being the pushy friend, which is never my intent. I can also be the decider when everyone is stuck on what to do. I’m not really a fan of indecisiveness because it wastes a lot of time and I hate wasted time. However, recently I am trying to make some changes. I want to be the passenger more. What do I mean by the passenger? I mean the one who does not always call the shots. So last New Year’s Eve, I put myself to the test. Story time…
So it’s December 31st, 2016 and I really do not have any concrete plans. I talked with my best friend, Devin, and we agreed to get together. Devin is way more adventurous than I am so I figured why not let him pick what we do. If I had it my way, we would pick something safe like dinner at a restaurant. Sure the conversation would be nice but come on, it’s New Year’s Eve. Is that really the best you can come up with Jonathan? Get it together, you’re only 26! This is what I’m thinking to myself.
Jonathan C. Harris is no stranger to leadership, hard work, or success. At the age of ten years old, he earned the right to be a guest weatherman for a day on Fox 5 DC News. He has already received over 100 honors and awards including Forty Under 40 for Prince George’s County, MD, TEDx Talk speaker, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Outstanding Men’s Program, high school Valedictorian and the Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award. Raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, he has served in leadership positions his entire life, from being the manager of the school store in elementary school to the president of the Homelessness Awareness Club in middle school to the president of the National Honor Society in high school.