Last week I was part of the team who interviewed Tony Rinella, a world-class orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgeries and cervical spine surgeries. For the past 10 years he has taken a trip to Colombia twice a year as part of the Global Spinal Outreach Program to bring much needed healthcare and incredibly difficult surgeries for kids who can barely dream of ever walking.
His background is truly impressive, he has attended the most reputable universities and programs in the world and has made a difference in the lives of so many people, but the thing that impressed me the most about him was his humility and the answer he gave when asked: “What made you decide to do this?” Even though he’s won numerous awards, his answer had way more to do with what’s in his heart and what pushes him forward:
“The substance of life matters more than the numbers in it”
When asked about his reasons, he didn’t talk about awards, merits, accomplishments…he talked about the substance, that little thing that gives meaning to everything we do.
If you look at your life, what do you value more, the substance or the numbers? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Numbers matter, they are an integral part of our every day life, but at the end of the day, it’s the substance that gives our life value, not the numbers. Look at all the millionaires and billionaires on the cover of Forbes, yes their numbers are impressive, but most of them got to those numbers by valuing the substance.