An open letter to all middle class and 1% business and entrepreneurial leaders
I have said many times that leadership is often about standing up, saying and doing what most often other are afraid to do… with that being said: I feel a responsibility to be a leader
Therefore, it’s time for a little rant (feel free to jump in at the end)
I like you am someone who considers themselves to be an entrepreneur and business person. As such I clearly believe in doing what it takes to creating ones own reality (financial or otherwise). That being said: As a business person, it seems to me that in a time of an ever widening gap between the “haves” and the “have not’s”, it is both narrow minded and short sighted to ignore the poor. This may be true, if only because as the gap widens many of those who think “it’ll never happen to me/us” will find themselves on the wrong side of that gap.
Let me start of by saying that I believe whole heatedly in personal responsibility. However, telling someone to pull themselves up by their bootstraps when they don’t have any, is both ignorant and cruel. It’s like telling someone who with their family lives below the poverty live to; eat healthier, When they struggle just to afford the governmental subsidized, nutritionally negative, highly processed, GMO, fast food….(ah, but that’s a whole other rant)
Just for a moment, step off your high horse, take a step back and consider this: Wherever you are in your life right now, you, me or anyone we know didn’t get here on our own. Everyone of us had someone(s) along the way who gave us a leg up, and a helping hand when we felt defeated.
Listen folks, I know it’s easy too stay on that high horse shouting about ending welfare and entitlement programs for the poor from the comfort of our warm homes, with our full bellies. However, we better be sure that we are not a kettle calling the pot black ass. What I mean by that is; everyone of us who is in business and has an accountant is on some kind of government subsidy. And believe me no one is more subsidized than giant corporations…(do the research)
In conclusion and in my not so humble opinion, we do need capitalism, but what we need even more is compassionate capitalism.
Anyway that’s my rant for now, feel free to add your two cents worth.
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