Wisdome of the Duke – March 2nd

“Sorry don’t get it done, Dude.” – John Wayne, in Rio Bravo.

This quote applies to the recent controversy surrounding Jim Zumbo, as well as to general life. When he first realized his gaffe, he very quickly issued an apology, which heartfelt or not, was an apology. Almost immediately, people began to say to those that were castigating Zumbo “But he apologized, you should stop”.

Unfortunately, those people failed to realize that “Sorry don’t get it done”. Often, it’s not enough to just say “I’m sorry” and expect things to go back to the way they were before. I’ve experienced that in my personal life, as I’m sure any other married man has.

Actions will always speak louder than words; when you say that you’re sorry for something it must be backed up with actual action. Reference again Jim Zumbo, who is doing a damn fine job of demonstrating his contrition and sorry, as you can see from yesterday’s post regarding him. The actions that you choose must bring credit to your words if you want people to consider you a man of character.