1, 2, 3, 4, 5. It’s amazing how in just 5 seconds someone could inspire me. That someone took 5 seconds of their time to say one sentence to me that will forever change my life. The trains were delayed and all I could think was “well I will get there when I get there.” As soon as the double doors opened I rushed through the crowd at Grand Central, looking at my watch every 10 seconds I knew I could still make class on time. I walked into classroom 513, five minutes late. With a huge smile on my face, I proceed to take my seat in the first row, (my favorite row to be in all my classes merely because it forces me to pay attention), my PR History & Theory professor turns to me and says “Never give up that smile, forget all your schooling, that smile is all you need to succeed.” Of course he was halfway joking (with all the money I am spending on grad school at NYU, I will not disregard my schooling) but that statement at the start of that class will forever stick with me.
As I quietly laughed off his comment in attempts not to bring further attention to myself, Professor JD began to tell us a story. “No seriously, you don’t know how many smart, talented students fail in the real world because of their bad attitude.” He went on to tell us about a girl who wanted to sue the program/school because of trouble with her scheduling date and as many times as Professor JD, who was the Advisor of the Program at the time, tried to convince her not to because of the relationships she will be breaking with the school, she did not care. She let her pride get in the way.
Other examples included: a student who refused to take a job after graduation because she wanted a higher salary, lots of students calling professors to argue about a grade that was 2 points in difference. “Some things you have to let go you know? Especially the insignificant things. Because relationships matters more.”
We are all human. We all have had moments where we let pride get best of us. Moments when we have been a real jerk to someone, intentionally or unintentionally. We all have moments where our stubbornness prevails. Hell, I am one of the most stubborn people I know! The one thing about me, is that I value the relationships I have with people. I always try to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy very much living a positive life. The famous quote referring to “Kindness as a weakness”, I think too much pride is the real weakness. We as a society are selfish, and we sometimes lack the courage to do the right thing. Humility and kindness can take you a long way. I never thought that my attitude can and probably will be the decider of my success.