Kind or Right 🤷‍♂️

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When I was a kid, I really enjoyed debating… 

Sports were usually the topic, but it didn’t really matter what the subject was if there was an opinion to be held and a platform for heated discussion, I was ALL IN. 

Logically, talk radio was at the center of my young adult life so much that I even wrote a paper about wanting to become a sports talk radio host… 

My opinions were typically formulated by watching games, reading articles and listening to others. When I had the chance to cut loose at recess and argue why Will Clark should have won the 89’ MVP over Kevin Mitchell, I passionately fired away… 

As I got older, the debates hit politics and any other arena of life that facilitated open forum controversial conversation… At UCLA, discussion groups were pure entertainment and once I got into pro ball, the locker room banter from dudes who happen to be from all walks of life and all over the world was pure GOLD.

Once I finished playing baseball, I immediately got into television and began hosting my own radio show at KNBR where we would do our best to drum up controversy on a nightly basis… 

I even co-hosted a show called Master Debaters on Fuel TV. 🤣

The entire time from when I was 5 to about 35, not only was it important for me to brilliantly articulate my point but of course, I had to be right, ALWAYS. 

Then something funny happened…

A listener called into my radio show with an opinion that I absolutely blasted. I gave him the legendary Pete Franklin toilet flush as I hung up on the dude… Quality and fun entertainment in my opinion. 🚽 

The next day I had lunch with my Mom (who listened to almost every minute of every show) and she said something that has stuck with me ever since… 

“Sometimes it’s better to be kind than right.” 

Whoa…

Oftentimes in life, we become so self-centered and fixated on validating our subjective opinions that we stop listening, become total A-Holes and completely lose touch of the moment… 

Yet, when we are able to simply BE KIND by listening to others and objectively looking at all angles of a situation, the ironic thing is that this emits power to further enhance and support any well thought out opinion… 

The next day, the same listener called back with another thought… 

We put him on the air and this time I remembered what Mom said and was as cordial as could be. I let the dude finish up his point while I digested the entirety of his opinion… 

This one sucked just as bad as the other one, so I flushed his ass again.

“But Professor EB, that is so mean!!! what about what your Mom told you!!!!” 

Hey! It’s Sammy SuperSoft… Well good morning my little snowflake. ❄️ 

Sammy, Mom said SOMETIMES it’s better to be kind than right… 

This wasn’t one of those times. 🤷‍♂️

Stay hard 👊 

-EB