Just some food for thought for today’s post on becoming a better person…
This morning the husband was on Facebook (I swear, I hate FB and love it all at the same time!) and read me this post by Mike Rowe (it is also at the end of my post!).
The post by Mike Rowe is literally everything. It describes human decency, great character and what happens when someone has a big heart. It is all about how to become a better person, and how to do that starts with others and not yourself. I love the quote that says:
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”-James Keller
There is a man out there named Dwight who helped Mike Rowe become the Mike Rowe that we know today. Dwight helped him out with starting his career and lost nothing from himself (you’re shocked, I know). Dwight didn’t lose his job; he remembered Mike Rowe 30 years later but asked if the demo tape had helped him in any way. Contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t at his computer bitterly stalking Mike Rowe’s success. His act of kindness was just an everyday action, he didn’t have to take the time to consider the pros and cons of helping a new college graduate out, he just did it. It is as simple as that.
In today’s world we are so cautious and we compare ourselves to others all the time. We want what others have and God forbid we help others achieve the same dream that we want. Why should we rise to fame with someone else? We don’t help others because we are scared, scared that there is only one spot left in our dream and we really, really want it. The fear is valid, I have felt it before, but the fear isn’t real life. I promise you, there is more than one spot and if the spot was meant for you, it will happen for you! Every single one of us needs to put our well-being second in order to help someone else. We need to have a day where we put our needs aside and utilize the strengths that God gave us for something good and for another person. We need more Dwights in the world and less people who write articles body shaming Lady Gaga saying her fat rolls made her performance really hard to watch (yes, it exists and it exists here). In a world where mean things are easily said behind computer screens, we need to put our phones down and go out and create life long connections and encourage people in any way that we can. We need to find our inner Dwight and light other people’s candles using our own (was that cheesy? eh, who cares!). In a world that sometimes feel like it is full of negativity, be the positive.
Below is the post from Mike Rowe. I hope you find it as meaningful, uplighting and encouraging as I did!
“Back in 1984, after graduating college with a degree in communications, I scoured the want ads to see if perhaps anyone was hiring professional “communicators.” Finding no available positions, and in dire need of something akin to an actual job, I began listening to professional narrators and voiceover artists, and started asking myself questions like, “Who are these people?” and “Why shouldn’t I be one of them?”
After a quick meeting with several local agents who declined to represent me, I learned that no one who wished to get paid for talking out loud has any hope of doing so without a proper “demo reel.” Specifically, I needed a cassette tape that featured examples of my previous narration and voiceover work. This posed a challenge, given my complete lack of previous work. So I called the local CBS affiliate and asked if someone might be willing to help me make a demo tape. They said no. Then I called ABC and NBC – both of whom found new and creative ways to hang up without saying yes. But at the local FOX affiliate – WBFF – I found a guy who was not only encouraging, but downright kind.
His name was Dwight Weems. He invited me to the station. He gave me copy to read from local commercials. He recorded me, and then helped me edit together my first demo reel. I sent that tape directly to a few local companies and told them with as much charm as I could muster that they would be fools if they didn’t hire me to be the voice in their commercials. Several, to my enduring surprise, agreed, and before long, I was making money doing voiceovers.
Today, I went back to WBFF to do an interview on a local show for mikeroweWORKS, and to promote a fundraiser here in Baltimore for Project Jumpstart. There, to my surprise, was Dwight Weems, still making the donuts. I hadn’t seen the guy in 32 years, but he remembered me, and asked if that demo tape he helped me assemble way back when was useful. I told him it’s entirely possible my entire career would have never happened without it. He laughed, because he thought I was joking. I wasn’t.
The most important rungs on whatever ladder you climb are at the bottom. Many thanks to Dwight Weems, for helping me get my foot on the first one. Beyond the schooling, the training, and whatever natural ability you might possess, there’s simply no substitute for a random act of kindness.
PS. This is a terrible photo. In real life, Dwight and I are skinner and better looking.”