They say, words are powerful. They are instrumental in the expression of our thoughts and feelings. You can make or break a person through your words. Reggie, on the other hand, had inspired one of his classmates without even knowing it. It is great to always be kind to people. You don’t really know how much you can improve one’s life by just being kind.

Words Can Make or Break You: How Reggie Selma Inspired His Former Classmate Without Knowing It

In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss the first time someone told you that you inspired them. The first time someone told me I inspired them took place on the campus of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama, where I attended school.


I had come back to visit various professors and just saw the campus and they had really changed different buildings. It was very impressive. One of my former communications department classmates, ruggedly met me at the school. Wicker was the kind of student who really took pride in our school. If he saw some trash on the ground, he would pick it up. He always attended all the meetings and civic organizations. He loved Miles College, as we all did, but you could tell he had a special love for it. 


I remember telling him, “One of these days, you’re going to end up running this place.” And he said, “Really?”, I said, “Yeah, I mean, you can tell you have it written all over your face.” 

Now fast forward about 10 years prior to meeting him for lunch on the campus. He said, “I want to show you my office. I want to tell you something. I don’t know if you remember this. When we were students here years ago. You told me I was going to end up running this place, Miles College.” Then, he said, “Reggie, I’m not running it. But here’s my office. And there’s the president of the university right down the hall.” That’s pretty darn close. And he said, “You inspired me. In fact, you inspired all of us. We could tell you we’re going to be a great camera man”. 


I think that was the first time someone told me that I inspired them.




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