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My thoughts on #trump

Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all aroundVanilla Sky

Ok, this is an interesting one to write. Over the last 3 months I have seen some pretty poor human behaviour in the name of politics. At a local level as well as on the world stage, then the results started coming in yesterday…

I do not think Trump is a good human being, but he may be the leader America needs right now. Steve Jobs wasn’t a great human either, but he achieved some pretty amazing things. I have read trump books in the past (ghost written obviously) and whilst I wouldn’t do business in his way, he has become a success, there is no denying that. I am not sure if he planned long ago for this to be his end game, or whether he saw an opportunity and went for it….

While pondering these things, it suddenly dawned on me that I was going against my own philosophy in regards to my place in the world. I had been dragged in to the politics as a planet is drawn in to a black hole. If you get to close, you will never escape the gravitational force.

Locally I got close because of my role in the Village Voice newspaper and our desire to cover important local issues. However, as far as the American election goes, I got close because I fell into the conversation flooding my newsfeed on may social media platforms, coverage in the media and the general topic of discussion at almost every place I have been…

My philosophy with these things is – It doesn’t matter who is currently in power in any government anywhere on the planet – what happens to me is up to me. The government may shape the environment, but I am responsible for my choices and actions within whatever environment I exist.

It dawned on me yesterday, that the market crash probably allowed a greta deal of very sophisticated investors to make a bunch of cash. Even a beginner like me could have traded yesterday and cashed in.

Great entrepreneurs are always able to find a way. Great investors will make money in any market conditions… and it is investors and entrepreneurs who can do the most to change the world. That is why they have a lot at stake and get involved in politics. They want the best environment for them to operate in. As individuals, we don’t get to influence votes, only cast our own.

The democracy that we celebrate in the free world demands that we respect the office – but hold it accountable to the promises made on the way there. It demands that just because our candidate didn’t win, we don’t cry foul – I am still wondering what President Elect Trump would have done if he didn’t win… guess we will never know – and that we as a people continue to strive and do the best we can in the environment in which we find ourselves.

It’s time to focus now on the real issues, locally in our own backyards, and globally. DO our own little bit to make our patch a bit better, and if everyone does that then maybe we will just all be OK.

CEO of The REDD Group. Author, speaker, creative thinker, design lover, strategist, marketer, ideas man, also a dedicated family man and lover of hair metal and tattoos.

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