5 Minute Interview: Bill Roddy
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Bill: I am a conscious male; aware of whom I am. I now understand who I am physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am aware that I am part of something bigger than myself.
I co-founded a non-profit organization that provides life skills, computer technology skills, and entrepreneurial development.
Being a living, positive, example for young men, helping them understand that lost art—what constitutes acting in accordance with true manhood.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world that would be the most influential to you and why.
Bill: I am a man who is very comfortable with being who I am. I never aspired to emulate any other man except me. I’ve always been introspective, even when I was young and searching for life’s meaning in the same way young men have been doing for generations. I’ve worked hard, over many years, to find answers to my questions.
But to truly answer the question, the only public man I can speak of who has been influential in my life is Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad/Poor Dad financial education series. Why? He reminds me of my grandfather, a man unknown to the world beyond his family, yet a man who also valued a life of self-reliance.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Bill: To make Manhood From the Hood a household phrase, encouraging all men—young and not so young, to take up the cause of returning manhood to its rightful place of honor in our local communities—the rightful place of integrity, commitment, and compassion.
Alvin: What life skills do you share to encourage kids to stay off the street?
Bill: We feel we have to live the life skill (honesty, compassion, humility, integrity) ourselves. You can only truly teach what you are truly living—or at least diligently aspiring to live—in order to encourage others, especially young men, to live the same.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Bill: My largest step to manhood was a conversation with my grandfather upon leaving home at age 18 to attend college in another state, and, around that same time, meeting my biological father for the first time.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Bill: I received the best advice from my grandfather about being a man. “Look at your life through your own eyes and not anyone else’s. Never look for anyone to take care of you as long as you have the power to take care of yourself.”0