Doing The Right Thing Is Always The Right Thing: How I Had A 2 Minute Conversation With On My Biggest Inspirations
After driving an hour home, feeling completely run down, sick, and unmotivated, I plopped my chubby ass on the couch, kicked my feet up, and put on an episode of The Man In The High Castle (watch this show, just trust me….it is awesome).
I was then greeted with a text message from my sister in law who is a Junior in high school. As soon as I finished reading her message a call was coming through from a number I didn’t know from New York. Nervous, I picked up and said hello.
There was a solid 4 seconds of silence and in my head I thought to myself “This better not be a fucking telemarketer with the worst timing ever”.
The next thing I heard was “This is Gary Vaynerchuk and you are on the ASK GARY VEE SHOOOOWWWW” which I then articulated all of my emotions with “Holy Fuck”…
I mean fuck, for the entire 2016-2017 school year (remember, I am also a teacher?) I started off my day with a little routine to wake up, get motivated, be positive, and be ready to work which included a bunch of stuff but one of those being having my morning coffee while I watch one of Gary’s newest videos. I find that I align so much with how he operates, how he works, and how he is unapologetic ally himself. If he thinks something is the right thing to do or say, he does it, unhindered by what negative or positive reactions he may receive and that is truly how I am as well.
REGARDLESS, this isn’t a post just about me talking to the person who inspires me, it is a post about why always (yes always, even if it sucks) doing the right thing is always the right thing.
How The Call Came To Be
Having watched my sister in law, Nicole, grow over the past 5 – 6 years, I have always put myself in a position to be there for her. It was clear that she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders; feeling responsible for everyone and everything around her.
With all of this pressure and stress it can be impossible to be your true self at times. It can be impossible to follow your own path, experience life on your terms.
I saw this in her, underneath her genuine, loving personality, excellence in academics and sport, loyalty to family, and thirst to experience the world. I made it a commitment of mine to always try to be there for her, guide her through her struggles, push her to live life on her terms, to take risks, to grasp every opportunity along the way.
With 5+ years time passed I have had the pleasure of watching her grow into a strong, young woman who has traveled to Africa to do volunteer work, traveled the country to partake in competitive shooting, has done far better than I ever have in school (and most people I know), and within a year’s time, will be college bound.
I committed so strongly to trying to be there for her because I was able to. It was the right thing to do and so I did it, with no expectations or underlying reasons. Doing the right thing is always the right thing. I would be foolish to say that this effort has not benefited me though.
Out of it, I developed an amazing friendship with her, someone who is willing to go above and beyond for those she loves, who is truly loyal, and has helped me grow as well.
Lastly, my inspiration for writing this post, she provided me the opportunity to have a conversation with on my biggest inspirations in life and provided me a reaffirming fire to continue on this mission; the mission to help others take their lives into their own control, to build themselves, to build their future, to live life Striven, with purpose.
With this all in mind, I implore you to do the same. Do what is right, always. It isn’t always easy, it isn’t always rewarded, but it is the right thing to do and sometimes, you are lucky enough to get paid back in some of the most amazing, inspiring ways.
Had so many people ask so I went through, watched a ton of AskGaryVee’s and found the episode I was on =p. Around the 4 minute mark I come in with a well articulated swear word or two!