I met Erica several years ago when she was a student at Michigan State and also a reporter for HOM TV.Â She called me to set up an interview to talk about upcoming Wharton Center attractions.Â Iâll never forget that first time we met in person.Â One of the first things Erica said to me was, âBob, one day I want to be just like Oprah.Â She gives so much to the world and thatâs what I want to do.âÂ At the time her email was even âthenextoprah.â I was so intrigued we set up coffee and have been close friends since.
Iâm so proud of Erica and all she is accomplishing in this world.Â She is truly one person making a huge difference in the lives of many.
Â Who/what inspires you?
My inspiration comes from God and Oprah. I am a believer that every person was created to serve a purpose in life. Everything that I am and hope to be is made possible through God. On the days that I feel inadequate and hopeless it is the power of God that energizes me to keep moving forward. Oprah inspires me to be the best version of myself. I am reminded every time I encounter the power of âOâ that I can be who God created me to be and that I must live life to the fullest.
Do you have a slogan, motto or mantra?
Â “The best is yet to come!” This is the motto for my life. Through the hard times in my life I have found comfort in knowing that things are going to get better.
Do you have a lesson or thought to share?
No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
How do you handle stress?
The first thing I do is pray. I release all of my concerns and worries to God. I also take time away to do things that make me happy. I always remind myself to not sweat the small stuff. I learned at an early age that life is very short and no matter I am going through it will not last.
Anything you want to add; words of wisdom?
If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.