In this day and age where all of your words and actions and words have the potential to be record (whether you know it or not), coming correct has never been more important. In a conversation I had with a friend a week ago, we were discussing how no one seems to know ANYTHING about coming correct anymore. He and I share the fact that we grew up through hip-hop, and one of the most important rules from that is:
If you don't have respect, you have NOTHING.
Your reputation transcends many of the things we blindly value these days: money, material wealth, career growth, our number of sexual partners — as Scarface so ineloquently put it, all he had to live by were his balls and his word.
But sadly, despite the constant monitoring of the actions we take in life, despite the fact that we many be constantly judged based on the sum of the things we do and say in life, some of us really just screw the pooch in coming correct.
For example, take Alexandra Wallace from UCLA who thought it might be a good idea to post up a rant against the Asian populace on her campus:
Not only was it racist.
Not only was it a poorly constructed argument.
But she also decided to post it while downplaying the tsunami crisis in Japan!
Not the smartest move I've ever seen.
My long-time friend Sadie also spoke about coming correct, in that we need to make a better effort at recognizing what's important in life (human life, common decency, helping those who need it), rather than being so self-absorbed that we constantly marginalize those who could really do with a helping hand.
So what do we learn from all this? I think it can all be summed up in a phrase I've been using for the past decade:
Check yourself before you WRECK yourself.
We need to re-assess and figure out if the things we spend our time doing are really of any value to anyone. Because there's just too much going on that shouldn't be.
Take a second to think about your next actions, because they might leave an impression that you'll never be able to shake.