As a Social Worker, my ego would like me to think that automatically makes me an advocate. Like so many other helping professions, this is a value, and our professions give us the ability to serve others regardless, but this isn't enough. As in individual, we all have the responsibility to work on ourselves, when we are off the clock, to be a better human and ally, not just social worker, teacher, nurse, etc. Who are we off the clock? The work we do on our own time matters, because it then influences who are are when we are working with clients, patients, students, etc. I think as we grow tired, we can fluctuate on this scale. This could also be dependent on who you are around, but we should always try to be actively reaching the advocate level. Once you realize you're an advocate, this shouldn't be viewed as a list we can check off, or once you've reached "advocate" you've won and there is no more work to be done. This role is never going to be finished and there is always going to be more to learn.