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Whenever I think about people in need, I think of the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. One of the main characters was Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley played by Louis Gossett Jr.. His role was to change those with potential to do great things into people who could actually do great things. Gunnery Sergeant helps people to identify their weakness. In doing this he is able to help them make a key decision … will I go forward or will I quit.
Throughout life we all experience those same obstacles. A key task, a key decision, a key moment that we simply become paralyzed. It is in that moment that our true character comes into being. Gunnery Sergeant effectively coached people through the paralyzed state. So that in the future when they reach this point again, they know how to respond. In his effort to help people reach a measurable success he empowered individuals to build off of their strength of perseverance to compensate for whatever weakness that was uncovered.
And the most admirable part of the Gunnery Sergeant was in helping those people reach success, they surpassed his level of military achievement. However he helped them with the same passion as a father helping his son catch a ball for the first time. Sometimes in life we simply need to help people reach their level of success, even if it may surpass our own.