So I was bitching about my second job wayyyyy back in the day after I was laid off from the first.
A job that offered better pay and perks than the first in many ways, and was certainly a step up in many regards, but also a job where (at least I felt) yours truly was being asked to take on a lot more than the pay warranted.
That’s of course something that is no surprise to the employers (most!) that have employed me in the past, hehe.
I’ve made no secret of my “If you want that amount of work - - then you PAY - - and do so FIRST” .
My Dad had a different take on it though.
“You have to do the work first, and do it for years BEFORE you’ll get commensurate pay”, he contended.
Oh, really. I remember thinking. Well, that ain’t happening.
And a quick look through my very storied job past (when I DID work for others) will show the veracity of what I just said.
“You have to show leadership FIRST”, my Dad continued.
Although I disagreed with him at that point, over the past few years, I’ve come to the realization that that above statement is ONE (of VERY FEW INDEED) thing I do agree with him about (we don’t talk, so . . .).
Cindy, the lady that took the 0 Excuses Fitness videos and with whom I recently had a spat about her insistence on my products “should be cheaper” (I don’t think so!) said this about me once when I asked her for help.
She was unable to offer it at that time, but then said this.
“You’ll be fine! You’re a writer, and a fighter . . . “
Vincent, a friend of mine and the U.S. Marine (ex) I have referred to so often (and the person that headlines Gorilla Grip, and rightfully so!) once told me the following.
“You’re a goddamned survivor!” (And that comment rang SO true to me that I was compelled to write a post on it, hehe).
When discussing fighting and other related topics, I made it very clear that HE Had way more knowledge on any of that than I did.
“Man, you should put some products together on your knowledge and sell ‘em”, I remember saying. “I would help you get the writing and marketing part done if you needed it, but you probably don’t!”
He said he didn’t have the confidence to do it (at least back then).
Remember this man has been through countless wars, and is a true survivor in EVERY sense of the word. He’s got physical skills that the average man or gym bro can only DREAM of. And that isn’t me saying it because he is, as I’ve often said, a brother from another mother, but because it is TRUE.
“You know more than you let on”, he once laughingly remarked.
But the RING of truth as he himself once said was there in what he said, and the rest of the above comments too.
The RING OF TRUTH, and doing (and saying) the RIGHT THING . . .
Anyway, all of these people were spot on; in fact MORE THAN they KNOW (or knew at the time of saying it). Quite literally.
The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, don’t they?
Not always, my friend.
While the pen can indeed cut swathes through minds and THINKING (the most important), there comes a time when the SWORD must be wielded, and done so with CANDOR, VALOR and VIGOR.
If the pen was indeed always mightier, India, for one, would never have won its independence under Gandhi, who is often touted to be the father of the nation.
Men like Subhash Chandra Bose, Shahid Bhagat Singh and countless others are the FORGOTTEN heroes that went to BATTLE and actually laid most of the groundwork for what Gandhi did post-their work.
As the world grapples with an obvious crisis, or several in the making, I have this to say.
It isn’t about me or you necessarily (though it IS if you think about it).
It isn’t about my products for sure (hence there will be NO marketing link in this email).
It’s not about business.
IT’s about doing the right thing.
What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong, my friend. There are no two way around that!
If you were to ask ANY world leader right now (sans perhaps TWO), including Trump, Modi, Pompeo, or any other nation, they’d all tell you one thing.
“Do the right thing”.
Unfortunately we cannot say that (any longer) to a certain rogue nation that has taken advantage (stunningly so) of the world’s kindness and leeway in allowing it years and years years to do the right thing, and it’s done the precise and absolute opposite.
With impunity at that.
It stops now, but this piece is not necessary about confrontation.
It’s about asking YOU, the reader, no matter where you’re at . . . to STAND UP - - be COUNTED - - and to DO THE RIGHT THING.
I don’t need to spell out what that right thing is, I’m sure. If I do, I’m talking to the wrong people.
Back last year in December I pointed out and realized that something that had been brewing for ages was going to come to a head, and my actions leading until Jan 8, 2020 (which I ain’t gonna detail here) PROVE it.
Guess what happened two weeks later.
I wrote about the year 2020 being the year of the SURVIVOR, and was roundly laughed at and lambasted.
What does he know, most people said (not all, but most).
And yet, right now, what is happening?
I’ve said for ages that Sep 2020 is going to be a time of reckoning for the world at large in more ways than one.
People still laugh for whatever reason when they hear this . . .
Laugh all you like, my friend.
But all of this (and to a lot, it might come across as incoherent babble; so be it) wouldn’t be complete without saying something that a friend of mine Charles once told me when we were discussing how (damn near) it’s impossible to TRUST people these days on anything.
“Why can’t people just all get along?”
“Why can’t everyone just do the right thing?”
The first statement was made by him w.r.t something I cannot recall now, but the second was made when I state it was.
And as I close this one off, there is NO better note than to close it off. I know NOT where he stands on the current issues, and he probably won’t tell me either, which is fine.
Do the right thing, my friend. You can never go wrong that way.
P.S. – My heartfelt condolences (along with an entire nation) to the Indian soldiers recently martyred along the border. May God (of whichever hue) be with your souls.
P.S. – Carol, a long time . . . well, I better not go there ended a “relationship” because she wanted to “do the right thing”. She is Chinese. There was probably NOTHING more dear to her at that point than the relationship (in many regards). There are good people everywhere, and then there are the morons that attempt to control the already weak minded . . .
RISE UP, WORLD!