Who are the leadership gurus we should be following to restore our society? John Maxwell, Tom Peters, Jim Collins, Warren Buffett or Jack Welch? Maybe Oprah Winfrey is more your style?
Owen Shure needs to be on your list.
You see, Owen Shure is only 7 years old. But he GETS it. Here’s why.
Last Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers lost a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Two key plays were turnovers by Kyle Williams, who was filling in as the return man because of an injury to their starter. Some sports fans go WAY overboard with their responses to the outcome of games, and this was no exception. Williams has received taunts and even death threats because the 49ers lost. To be clear, football is a team sport and while Williams’ mistakes were costly, there were other mistakes that led to the loss.
Enter Owen Shure. If we all displayed the kindness and ability to accurately grasp the context of a situation like Owen did in his letter to Williams, the world would surely be a much better place. Click here for a link to his letter. When he was upset with the outcome of the game, his dad asked him how he thought Kyle Williams felt after fumbling the ball. Owen then asked if he could write Williams a letter. He did and it said:
“Dear Mr. Williams:
We just watched the Playoff game. I feel really bad for you but I wanted to tell you that you had a great season. you sould be very proud, so I wanted to say thank you.
I am your #1 FAN!
Los Angeles, CA
p.s. your awsome”
For his part, Williams has responded admirably by taking responsibility and vowing to improve. I believe he will improve and hope he does. We all make mistakes in life. Failure is a critical part of learning and growth. The next time someone around us makes a mistake, let’s follow Owen’s example.
- Kyle Williams: I take full responsibility for my mistake (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Social media turns threats into support for 49er Kyle Williams (seattlepi.com)
- You: Billy Cundiff and Kyle Williams, Why They Will Never Recover (bleacherreport.com)
- Concussion-Prone Kyle Williams Targeted By Giants (sfist.com)