Where are the Leaders?

December 21, 2009

I hope that 2010 is the year of the visionary.

Americans have behaved like cogs in a wheel for too long. Go to college, get a job, get married, get retired… the week ends the week begins. This used to be okay… like forty years ago. Then, in 2008, our economy died. So what’s next?

Some would argue that greed is what caused the economic collapse. I would argue that it is complacency, laziness, and nepotism. Most of the major industries in America are still driven by a 1960’s train of thought, and in Government… well, I’m not even gonna go down that road. Change starts with Americans, not politicians.

2010. Already. It seems like only yesterday that everyone was in a Y2K frenzy. Ironically, it feels like the only advancement we’ve made since then is in the technology sector. It feels like every other industry fell asleep at the wheel when they learned that Y2K was really nothing to worry about. Now here we are, ten years later, and I can’t even show my health care professional a You Tube video because the hospital blocks You Tube. They have robots in hospitals, but not You Tube… Seriously?

While Americans have sat idly (almost dazed since 9/11…), our jobs went overseas, and our economy crashed. You may not like me saying this (because I don’t like saying it) but we’re losing our place in the world. I’ve talked to a lot of people since I left my corporate cushion who have told me not to re-invent the wheel. Personally, I choose to ignore such nonsense! Sure, the tried and true works, but if it weren’t for re-invented wheels, we’d all just keep going the same old direction. Have these people just become that complacent with the way things are, and the direction we are headed? I want my America back.

While I’m a believer in the phrase, work smarter not harder, I’m even more of a believer in working hard on being smart. So I encourage anyone who reads this who has the slightest hint of a clever idea to write that idea down and work hard on making it a reality. Become a visionary. You just might change the world.

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