Staying True to Your Beliefs

Do you always stand firm in what you think is right?

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Before Rudy Giuliani was elected New York City mayor, he told himself he wasn’t going to be a politician because, as his father told him, “all politicians are liars.” In this video, he shares on why he always stood firm in what he believed in, even if it made him unpopular at times.

“I got elected in a city where I never expected to get elected,” explains Rudy. “I didn't expect to get re-elected. I just did what I thought was right… I can't say that I never calculated political things, but where it came to important things, I just told people what I thought and sometimes I got in a lot of trouble for it and sometimes it worked, but at least I felt good about myself.”

Watch the interview between Rudy and Compton, California, mayor Aja Brown to learn more about staying true to your beliefs.

Aja Brown: Out of your career and all the things that you've been able to accomplish, where did you find your source of strength to tell it like it is and to do what needs to be done and to really be able to impart that tough love to your community?

Rudy: My father. My father died before I entered politics. When my father died, I was just being appointed the third-ranking official in the justice department. My father always wanted me to be a judge, not a politician. He used to say, "Rudy, when you finish your career as a lawyer, I know how much you love the law, and I'd love to see you be a judge and not a politician." And I would say, "Why, Dad?" And he said, "Because they're all liars."

Aja: I've heard that before.

Rudy: When I did finally become a politician, and I don't believe that all politicians are liars, and my father was probably exaggerating a bit. But I said, "I'm just not going to be a politician." I got elected in a city where I never expected to get elected. I didn't expect to get re-elected. I just did what I thought was right.

Another older gentleman who died several years ago, who was one of my mentors, and a former deputy attorney general, told me to govern as a one-term mayor and you'll be successful. Maybe you won't have two terms, but you'll be proud of what you did in your one-term. If you get two terms, then you'll get lucky because the things will start working. I can't say that I never calculated political things, but where it came to important things, I just told people what I thought and sometimes I got in a lot of trouble for it and sometimes it worked, but at least I felt good about myself.
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Rudy Giuliani

Rudolph W. Giuliani is the former Mayor of New York City. After joining the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Giuliani rose quickly through the ranks, becoming the Chief of the Narcotics Unit ...

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