September 29, 2009
Posted: 05:15 PM ET
The following is a Larry King Live web exclusive commentary by Usher
My life has been powered by service for as long as I can remember. As I prepare to announce Powered By Service, an international call to young people to serve and create change using their talents and passion, I’m sure some will say “I can’t wait to become famous like Usher so I can have a real impact.” But, I can tell you there is no need to wait!
The point of Powered By Service is that everyone, no matter who they are, has gifts and talents that they can use for service right now! Every single person has a talent that he or she can use against seemingly insurmountable problems —whether it is quick wit in policy debate, the ability to command attention through music, a passion for investigative journalism or the management savvy to start a business that meets a financial and social bottom line. Every single person can and should lead a life that is Powered By Service.
In my life, I have been blessed to be a blessing to others. Through my music and philanthropy I can help others not only through charitable acts that relieve burdens, but also by inspiring and supporting youth as they discover their own ways to be blessings. It has only been in recent years however, that I discovered this blessing, this power, takes the form of service.
When I look back, I realize I have been serving my community ever since I was a kid. I still remember when I was about 9 years old, the Boys and Girls Club took a bunch of us out to do a park clean up. Most of us didn’t think much of it at the time. We were outside. We had a good time. We were all able to pitch in and accomplish a goal. But, at the end of the day, we did have a little more pride in our community and a little more belief that even the smallest acts can create change. That small act planted the seed for a life Powered By Service.
As my life continued I was fortunate enough with the support of family, friends and remarkable mentors to find success in music and entertainment, but I was still grounded with the understanding that I must find ways to give back just as much as I have been given. In 1999, I started Usher’s New Look Foundation.
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