Sometimes You’ve Just ‘Gotta Do What You’ve Gotta Do’

I really believe that sometimes you’ve just ‘gotta do what you’ve gotta do’ in order to stay true to what you know is right.  Last week I happened to tell three of my staff members a personal story about a time back during my days of teaching college that they really responded to.  All three of them urged me to tell the story on one of my video blog posts because it focuses on something we all struggle with from time to time . . . doing the right thing when it’s not so easy to do.

In business and in life, we’re all faced with dilemmas once in a while where it seems like the only option is to abandon doing what we know is the right thing because we feel (or are made to feel) like we don’t have a choice.  However, there’s always a choice; even though sometimes doing the right thing involves making yourself uncomfortable and being willing to put yourself in a position you don’t want to be in, it’s still the right thing and that’s important to remember because we each have to live with our own decisions.

Watch the video to hear about a predicament I found myself in where my higher ups were trying to force me to break my word and go back on a commitment I’d made.  I was in a very uncomfortable situation and it put me in a position where my job was on the line if I didn’t do what I felt was wrong.  I’m glad to say, however, that to this day, I have no regrets in how I handled it and I hope that sharing this story causes others to really think about the importance of doing the right thing even when it could mean losing something that means a lot to you or something that you really need.

If you have a story of your own about how you stood up and did the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing even though it was really hard for you, I’d really love to hear it.  Please share your story in the comment forum below and, as with some of my other more recent video blogs, this one also features my good friend Bob.  If you know where Bob is hiding in this video, be one of the first ten people to share your story and to also add  a note after your story correctly pinpointing where you see Bob and I’ll send you a surprise gift that will help build your networking skills.  (Note: To ensure you receive your gift, please e-mail your name and complete mailing address to with the subject line “Bob.”)  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

5 thoughts on “Sometimes You’ve Just ‘Gotta Do What You’ve Gotta Do’

  1. This is a very good article. Thank you

    I recently had an interesting thing that happened. I give a lot of referrals each month. In short during the earlier month I gave out 27 referrals to people in my chapter. The following month a member of the leadership team pulled me to the side and told me that they were not going to post all of my referrals. They said that they were going to only post 11 of my referrals. My question was of course why? The reason given was that they did not see any money from the referrals. I did not want to argue with the person as the meeting was about to start. So I said okay and explained my referrals. In short the person asked for a specific type of referral that was good for them. Those specific types of referral were to the letter what I gave. The next week I figured the person would make the correction they did not. So I in a friendly manner spoke with the person again as asked them to speak with the person who asked for and received the referrals. Again the next meeting the same numbers were given. At that next meeting I also spoke with the person who had been given the referrals as they were back in the county from their 3 week vacation and this person explained that last week the person had spoken with them and that yes I gave them what they wanted and they also thanked me for listening. So at this point I felt that I needed to use a different approach. The next week I did the educational moment at the chapter meeting. The information that I used was from BNI podcast Episode 303: A Good Referral Is In the Eyes of the Beholder. Great podcast nothing like having great tools available. Just stop think and use those tools.

    To me do not let incorrect behavior or actions stand uncorrected. If you let it go it will never get fixed and it will get repeated.


  2. I want to watch this video and respond and the video itself is not showing up on two of my devices. Please help!

    1. The video doesn’t show up on my iPad in either Chrome or Safari. I’m guessing the video requires a PC browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox

  3. Hi Melanie. My staff have tested the video on several machines and it works for all of us. You might want to try a different device.

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