Our “Leaders” Suck. Occupy Your Own Heart And Let’s Get To Work!

Is it any wonder that people aren’t inspired to make hard choices, are willing to accept mediocre lives, allow themselves to settle for average, and do not take bold steps to pursue their dreams?

When they observe our leaders in Washington, tasked with making hard decisions, they see instead leaders punt and come up with schemes to abdicate their responsibility. I am talking here about the congressional “Super committee” that is acting anything but super. To be honest, if Congress and the White House were already making the hard decisions, we wouldn’t need the super committee in the first place.

When they observe professional athletes and team owners quibbling – and quitting – over mere percentages of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Aren’t we supposed to be playing hoops for the love of the sport? The love of competition? The joy of entertaining millions? When did it become about getting your hands on an extra dollar? To quote Bud Fox, “How many yachts can you water ski behind?”

Our elected leaders… professional athletes… aren’t they supposed to be role models? Leaders? People we are supposed to look up to and be inspired by?

Well, you only have yourself to blame if you are one of those people living uninspired lives. If you blame others for your plight, you deserve most everything you get.

You have the ability to create your own future. You have the ability to make the hard choices that most others aren’t willing to make. You have the ability to set in motion the action items that will move the ball down the field for you.

Don’t be one of those people that blame others…

“Oh, how can I possibly be inspired to act when our nation’s leaders are corrupt bastards that are only looking out for their own hide,” you might rationalize to yourself.

Don’t rely on others. Make impactful change happen yourself, and people will follow.

I have a hard time with the Occupy movement. I believe in people’s right to protest, I believe in their ability to say what’s on their mind (as I am doing here on this blog).

But what saddens me is that these people are using the movement as an excuse…

“Oh, I could work or be an entrepreneur and effect positive change on the world…if it weren’t for those damn banks…”

To me, that attitude is sickening. It is the world we live in, and that’s the hand we were ALL dealt. So make something happen with it. The people that aren’t hanging around all those occupy camps are the entrepreneurs or the artists too busy trying to make something happen.

Don’t let the idiots in Washington be the excuse for inaction. Don’t let a bunch of prima donna athletes who need only one more motor yacht to water ski behind be your excuse for not getting what’s yours. Don’t let a bunch of lazy kids not willing to risk failure, permit you to blame others for your situation.

You control things. You can make the simple choice to take one step forward. Don’t let a few bad apples make you believe everything is lost.

No, what I think we need to do is start our own “Occupy” movement. Let’s occupy our hearts and souls with an attitude that we can achieve what we want. That we control our destiny, if you will.

If you want to earn more money, create a plan that gets that in motion.
If you want to start your own company, learn how and do it.
If you want to learn how to play the violin, sign-up for lessons…TODAY.
If you want to write your own book, write 500 words…TONIGHT.
If you want to simplify your life, start tossing some clutter…NOW.
If you want to remove debt, cut up the credit card…RIGHT NOW.

But whatever you do, don’t blame someone else… Occupy your soul with some ass kickin’ action, and let’s get to work…


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  • Barb Giamanco

    Awesome post, Todd!

  • Todd Schnick

    thanks for reading barb… how do you motivate people to take their own initiative?