Xavier Smith: Invest in talents, people and inspiration

I firmly believe in taking advantage of God-given abilities.
Aug 20, 2014
Xavier Smith

“Combine all your healthy wishes, dreams and hopes into investing in your talent and in the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom. If your art contributes to society, or to the art enthusiasts around you, then you are rewarded honestly, and more so if you make yourself useful to the world around you.” 

— Sam Adoquei

I firmly believe in taking advantage of God-given abilities. As a journalism major in college, I had papers and written assignments due almost every day. However, I needed extra money so I wrote some of my classmates’ essays and papers whenever I could. The extra feedback from various professors helped me polish my craft. Eventually, writing for my own classes seemed effortless. I invested in my talent and sought extra knowledge and wisdom.

I follow the golden rule of treat others the way you want to be treated. I believe in karma more than I believe in anything else. If you put out positive energy then I believe you’ll get positive energy back and vice versa. 

I’ve received nothing but positive energy from everyone I’ve encountered since I’ve started writing for The Democrat. Everywhere I go I receive words of encouragement or have someone tell me they’re proud of me. I like to think it’s a return of what I’ve put out to society, but I can’t say.

Whether it comes from close friends or people I’ve never met before, the words feel the same to me. 

The words are my reward for what I’ve done so far in my life. I’ve worn numerous awards throughout my life, but the feeling that comes from their support is unmatched. 

I would like to think what I’m doing has a place in society. I hope that I’m more useful than just reporting news. I want my role to inspire. 

It’s often hard to think about my sole role in society when there are so many other crises happening in the world, so I am constantly in need of being inspired.

My latest inspirational kick came from the people of Lebanon. I’ve been approached about things from community leadership positions to a college graduate class lecture about voice and power. People have inspired me just as much as I want to inspire them. Whether it’s “good writing” or “that’s a big accomplishment,” the words inspire me to achieve greater things. 

I know it won’t be easy to achieve higher levels of success. I still have many things to learn. As a matter of fact, I was taking online Associated Press style quizzes last night. I’m afraid of becoming complacent in any position I’m in. I know I will be challenged in ways I never thought were possible in the future, but I’m more optimistic than ever before. 

I’ve learned that you can achieve unimaginable things by investing in your talent and having some inspiration.

Xavier Smith is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email him at xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com or follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr. 


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