Hip Hop Affirmation of the Day#220
“HOW YOU GONNA WIN WHEN YOU AIN’T RIGHT WITHIN” ~ Lauryn Hill (That Thing)
Affirmation of the Day: Good looking out, I am happy to be able to give back now
During the summer of my senior year in college I was looking to get a new car.Â My first one was ready to go to the junkyard.Â I’m talking about the kind of car that was so loud you could hear me coming about half a mile away and I had to wear earplugs while I drove.Â I was upstate New York at the time (that’s where I went to school) and one of my football coaches decided to help me navigate the different dealerships in the area.Â I was pretty happy after day one to go with what I thought was a pretty good deal until I got a call from my good ole coach (Coach Tracy is his name) who said, “You never take the first deal” and continued to take me around to different dealerships and negotiate as if he was getting a car for himself or one of his kids.Â I was honored and really for years (still to this day) have thought about ways to reciprocate.
Sure we stayed in touch and while I was working at Syracuse I was able to get him into the field house to play basketball and while at UCONN I got him tickets to a few basketball games, but for me it just wasn’t enough.Â What do I do?
Finally, the opportunity that I have been waiting for presented itself.Â The other day when my plane was landing I got a voice message fromÂ Mike Tracy, but this time it was Mike Tracy, Jr.Â Coach Tracy’s son recently moved to the Boston area and was looking to connect and get the lay of the land.Â You better believe I called him right back and was more than happy to be of service in anyway I could.Â It’s the least I could do and I’m proud to help; not because I have to, but because I can!
Reciprocity is not always immediate and it’s not always to the person who looked out for you.Â In this case I’m not paying it forward, but paying it backwards to the next generation.
Question of the Day: When’s the last time you had the opportunity to reciprocate a favor or a service?
Action of the Day: Create a reciprocity list.
Run the Point from where you are, with what you have!