IT HAS BEEN over fifty years since John F. Kennedy told us,
Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.[su_spacer]
How long has it been since a leader had the courage to tell us to fix the problem we’re complaining about? Instead, we perpetuate a trance there is no real solution to the problem and that a president is going to fix it.
It is hard for me to envision John F. Kennedy using a focus group to tell us what we wanted to hear. Instead he told us what we needed to do.
All of our current presidential candidates promise that if we vote for them, he or she will create more jobs. Some even portray bringing people back into “real” stores with “real” cashiers. There is a terrible behavioral problem that emerges when people buy into these promises and that problem is hope. When we hope, we wait. When we hope things will get better, we stop taking the action that produces positive change.
If a presidential candidate told us what we need, it might sound like this:
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“Never has there been a time where working people have been faced with greater change. In many messages, there seems to be a smokescreen of manipulating the truth to attract votes. We blame outsourcing when the United States provides more outsourcing to the world than our two closest competitors – combined. Yet, we worry about jobs going overseas. These distorted discussions distract us from the truth that technology eliminates more jobs every single day.
So let us shift our attention to the real need:
Virtually everyone within the sound of my voice is facing frightening change in their industry and profession. Truck drivers are facing driverless trucks. Assembly line workers are facing 3D printing. In the legal field, sole practitioners are being swept away by the commoditization of law. And yet, new work springs up in the wake of these changes.
We used to get an education and take on a job for life. It was a time when we didn’t need to change. Now, the pace of change is so swift, one degree isn’t enough. Two degrees are not enough. We have stepped into a time in our history where constant and continual education increases our probability of success over failure.
This is a time when courage is far more valuable than pining for our past. This is the time when it is wise to roll up our sleeves and define how we want to grow, how we want to change and then pursue the knowledge and resources that will take us there.
This is time to get training, go to school, get a coach, find a mentor and grow into the people we are meant to be:
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