The 2009 Gentlemen of ASU: Steven Thompson
Hometown: Yuma, AZ
What is your passion, life goal or dream job?
My passion in life, above all other things, is to help others recognize and share the potential within themselves. Last year I co-founded my first entrepreneurial venture, Textfinity. I hope to help businesses and consumers recognize their potential for success. Ultimately, I hope to continue working in the fields of for- and non-profit entrepreneurship and pursue a Ph.D. in Marketing.
Name and describe a particular man who was a role model and an influence in developing character and becoming a gentleman.
The man I am today is the result of influential men and women helping me understand what it means to be a good person. One particular man who is both a role model and a hero is my grandpa. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was a POW for nine months in North Korea. He taught me to respect myself, to always help others, and above all things to be a good person.
What kind of reaction do you get from people when you do gentlemanly things?
All too often gentlemanly things go unnoticed by men and women alike. Holding a door open, complimenting a friend, helping those in need, or putting the needs of others before yourself are actions that get lost in the fast-paced world we live in today. A simple 'thank you' is the most common reaction I receive from others. However, I do not perform these acts for attention or gratitude, I do them because that is what I believe is right.
If you are a gentleman, what do you consider a lady to be?
A lady, like a gentleman, is aware of the world around her and always conscientious of others. In today's society, a lady is someone who respects herself and is willing to help those in need. A lady is smart, passionate, and conscious of her potential to create change in others.
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