Who’s your daddy?

“Who’s your daddy now?”

~ Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie)

OK, so I usually use inspirational quotes.  And yes, I find a lot of material (especially pictures) from movies because, well, I like movies.  Movies (with positive or happy endings) are especially good for helping us to dream – to believe anything is possible.

And they’re just fun.

In Mr. and Mrs. Smith, John tells Jane (in the middle of a beautifully choreographed fight scene), “come to daddy.”  After Jane gives him what for, she retorts, “who’s your daddy now?”

This is especially funny for me since it’s a phrase we used growing up.

“Who’s your daddy?”

It’s a taunt we’d use when we just scored on someone, blocked their shot, or otherwise dominated them in a game.

The reason it works as a taunt is because we used to look up to our fathers.  When you call yourself someone’s “daddy” it meant that you were his teacher, mentor, coach, and pivotal authority figure.  My dad was much of that for me.  After he passed, I found that I still wanted that type of relationship in my life.  I wanted someone to look up to.  Someone to ask for help, guidance, and advice.

As a visionary, it helps immensely to find an example to look up to.

It could be any of the great visionaries of our time, or even someone from the past.

I personally use Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., and Walt Disney.  I find authors I like and appreciate.  I find people in my life I can hold up as an example of my values and dreams for the future. I don’t put them up on a pedestal – lest they fall, but I do look to them for encouragement and, well, happy endings.

I have those who I can look at as examples of what a visionary can accomplish.  Those who exemplify integrity and honor.  Those who lived a life serving others.  Those who didn’t settle for “how it has always been done.”

So, “who’s your daddy?”

Who do you look up to?  Who can you use as an example?

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World, but you can’t do it alone!