HERE’S THE THING!
I just love people with ballz – don’t you? You know the people I mean! The ones that stand-up, step forward and speak out. Don’t you just love them?
A young guy and his girlfriend were outnumbered 6 to 1 when a thug at a nightclub bumped into them, a sudden flare up with choice words ignited. The young guy, with his girlfriend now behind him, was in serious trouble. As the thug’s friends positioned themselves to take cheap shots from the side and behind, HE stepped in. He was a stranger who didn’t know the couple but knew right from wrong. He pulled the young man backwards and stepped in to his place and all he said was, “why don’t you and your little girlfriends try me first?” He looked straight into the thug’s eyes and continued; “all at once or one at a time – I don’t mind – and I think I’ll start with you!” as he pointed to the biggest guy in the pack who happened to be standing behind the bigmouth. If you were in the thug group – what would you be thinking? There was a slight pause and almost like in the movies, the loud mouth withdrew while using a few choice words and telling the youngster how lucky he was; to save face. I discovered later that the hero Samaritan wasn’t even a fighter, just an ordinary guy putting himself on the line to save the stranger. Man, I love people with ballz!
I love people who stick up for the little guy. Like Zackie Achmat, who stood up to the government, forcing them to give anti-retroviral drugs to sick South Africans and won! Or, what about Wayne Duvenage and the people at OUTA who stood against the government in the ‘toll road saga’ and won – for now!
I am inspired by people who stand up for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. How soon we forget the people who over the last 10 years have tried to hold Jacob Zuma and the government accountable. The whistleblowers in the public and private sectors who stood up in spite of being vilified, victimized and even fired from their posts. Ballzy people can get themselves into trouble for going against the establishment, the brainwashed and especially those people who are benefiting from the corruption or injustice. I love underdogs who stick it to the cocky champions, like Michael Chang did to Ivan Lendl in the 1989 French Open. You just had to love the underhand serve to the world’s number 1. He won the point and the match. Really ballzy!
I love people who speak out when something needs to be said and do things when things need to be done.
Charlize Theron spoke out against rape in South Africa. She ruffled the feathers of all the “men” doing nothing, to speak up and stamp out this heinous crime. Funny how out of all the people in the world I would choose to have dinner with, a bint from Benoni would be my number one choice.
When you stand up for what you believe in, you feel alive.
When you push forward in spite of your adrenaline and your fear you become a different person.
When you protect a child, or stand up against the bully you give hope to the victims and courage to the meek.
It just feels really good.
THE HOW TO
I have lost business because I refused to work with unethical conference organizers and agents who double or even triple bill clients. I’ve lost friends because one of them hit his wife, another bragged about drinking and driving, and another disappointed my kids when he cancelled again at the last minute and didn’t bring his children to my kids’ party. I suppose you can argue they weren’t really the right type of friends to begin with then. My new personal ballzy passion – Private schools who turn a blind eye on school violence, incompetent teachers, and spineless school heads.
They say those who don’t stand for something will fall for anything! So just for this month stand up, step forward, make that sales call, call the client and have a ballzy 30 days.
“Ballz is what it takes to stand up and speak. Bigger ballz is what it takes to sit down and listen” – Gavin Sharples
IT’S A SOCIAL MEDIA THING!