By: Alex O’Brien
Growing up my Mom, Dad, family, teachers, and friends would give me advice on what to do, how to do it, and why it should be done a given way. I listened…sometimes, and I still listen today…sometimes. Listening is seemingly easy to do, but executing and applying what I hear can be a bit more daunting. Modeling after what others do is much easier for me. As an example, if my physical education teacher told me how important running was, but I never saw that teacher so much as slowly jog, the idea of how ‘important running’ is might not stick in my head. Similarly, if I’m told to eat healthy by someone finishing their third Red-Bull and bag of Hot Cheetos I might not be caught running to the vegetable isle. In short, monkey see monkey do.
I’ve had the esteemed privilege of knowing Ron Malm (COO of Focused Fitness) for a little over five years. I first met Ron when he was leading professional development training in the Idaho district I was teaching in. I have since got to know him on a much deeper level. From the first time I met Ron I felt an intrinsic need to gain his acceptance. I wanted him to see me as a Quality Physical Education (#QPE) teacher. It was the way he carried himself. He was humble, knowledgeable, relevant, and he lead by example. In working with Ron here at Focused Fitness I have been lucky enough to train across the country with him. Inevitably I have conversations with teachers about Ron’s passion, energy, and his desire to help teachers and students live healthy, active lives.
Last week an email came across my inbox from our head of HR that speaks to exactly what I’ve mentioned above. It is a message from teacher in New York who saw Ron present at a conference she attended. I reached out to the teacher, Colleen Martin, and asked if she would be OK with me sharing her comments. She immediately replied, “You can definitely use that on your social media…and again I can’t say enough about Ron and his passion and enthusiasm!”
Leading by example is what I try to do every day because I know that speaks more than any words can. Ron Malm leads by example and is a beacon of light for #QPE. But, don’t take my word for it; my opinion is probably a little biased anyway. This is what Colleen had to say.
I recently took a workshop with Ron Malm and I have to say that I was truly inspired by his overwhelming passion for the profession of Physical Education and Health. His enthusiasm was contagious and I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to have such a great experience! I would love information on your products. Is there anything you can send so that I may review it with my department with the hopes of purchasing one of your amazing programs? I am not sure if this message will ever get to Ron, but in the event that it does, please let him know that I was inspired by his enthusiasm and passion for our profession.
Today, wherever you are and whatever you are doing I encourage you to lead by example. Be a beaming beacon for what you stand for and believe in. Your words are important and they will be heard, but your actions…your actions can change the world.