Last evening as I sat with some wonderful people and were taught success principles by a pair of men qualified as the top 5% income earners, there was a grievous act of non- leadership taking place, publicly. My friends and I were being instructed by people who had the "fruit on the tree." They were gracious enough to share the knowledge learned from years of leadership development, hoping that spark would catch fire. At the same time a faux leader stood before our nation and declared that we have to knock down some successful citizens to lift up others that aren't.
Now I've attended many, many leadership and success based lectures. I've read hundreds of books teaching success principles, and I associate with the #7 leadership guru in the world daily, but I've yet to hear any teaching that defines success as take from one to lift up another. In fact they teach just the opposite! Your to lift others up by painting the vision of what they can be through better information and application of simple success principles. Never have I been told that success is define as lowering the standard of those who have "the fruit on the tree," down so others could enjoy a better standard. If I'm not mistaken that's the definition of an enabler.
Today the media announces that President Obama pressed for economic fairness in his speech last night. Isn't that exactly the description of a Communist government? Where have those ideals ever worked out successfully? We are at a crossroads. Do we continue to punish the successful to raise up those less fortunate, or do we relay success thinking and work ethic to give them a hand up? Hand up verses hand out! Which do you think has a better rate of improving the quality of life?
We have so much work to do.