By: Kyle Colley
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Da Vinci, Henri Rousseau, Elon Musk and Oprah Winfrey.
What do all of these people have in common?…
They’re all super well-rounded and multi-talented in various areas! (no need to go into depth of their great achievements). All of these people embodied the term which is now known as the Renaissance Man, but for this article and also the progression of modern-day thinking this idea of being a person of renaissance is genderless. This idea is preached at my college, Morehouse College that a person of renaissance should be “Well-Dressed, Well-Spoken, Well-Read, Well-Traveled and Well-Balanced.” At some point during this article, whether it be in the beginning, the middle, or the end, you will realize why being a person of renaissance is the wave of the future.
1) Makes you Multi-Cultural
When is the last time you picked up a globe or opened up an old foreign language book or even looked on Google translate to learn how to say your favorite phase in a different language? You may even question what is the importance of doing all that? Well let me explain why! What if you are in the midst of a random conversation with a business owner or with a person that could supply you with the job of your dreams and he says he has a job opportunities for you in Lima. You respond by saying “I would love to live in Brazil,”… (job opportunity instantly taken off the table). A true person of renaissance goes the extra mile to refresh on a little geography, art, music, literature etc. in advance and anticipation to impress and win over people. As stated in a prior post, cosmopolitanism is a value that a person of renaissance holds near and dear.
2) Makes You Adaptable
Have you ever been in a conversation and the discussion changes to a new topic that you have no idea about? Do you instantly tune out until you hear something you know again? Let me highlight the difference between a person of renaissance and a drifter. A drifter is going to do what I previously alluded to, they will tune out and or move the conversation back to a topic that is familiar to them completely missing an opportunity to expand themselves. The person of renaissance on the other hand, will listen attentively, ask good questions or even write down the topic and look up articles and or videos of the topic in their spare time, the reason why is they despise not being informed. In 2015 you have to be adaptable, luckily for us the internet can instantly provide knowledge in any field in a moment’s notice.
3) Makes you Interpersonal and a Great Communicator
Can you imagine if you were in a conversation with President Obama, then suddenly you amaze him with your impeccable knowledge in screen/playwrights to the point that he is more interested in what you have to say than anyone else in the room? I know what you’re thinking when am I going to have a one on one conversation with President Obama? But while you are pondering that thought you are missing the underlying principle of the point. It does not matter who it is your communicating with, a person of renaissance can be confident and interpersonal with anyone in the world. A person of renaissance, can talk sports with Phil Jackson, fashion with Ralph Lauren, investments with Warren Buffett, political theories with Dr. Cornel West, music with Stevie Wonder and the daily occurrences and perseverance with the local homeless people.
4) Makes you Interesting
The reason that you will be able to converse with all those people above, will be because you are interesting. You will possess charisma and aplomb in any and all situations. They will marvel at your awareness and your versatility you demonstrate and will be genuinely interested in what you have to say. A person of renaissance is able to make themselves known throughout a room and not always by their actions, but for what they know.
P.S. – I know you’re well on your way to becoming a person of renaissance because by you making the choice to click on this post means you have made a conscious decision to invest in your learning and odds are your unconscious mind is already paying attention and focusing on becoming a new and more powerful version of yourself right now.
Proverb: Never put limits on what the mind is capable of doing. Be Great!
Kyle Colley is a rising sophomore political science major from Denver, Colorado who attends Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Editors: Kristopher Colley II and Janet Colley