Lessons From The Election – Get Skin In The Game
Thankfully the shitshow that was the 2016 American Presidential Election has ended. While the results are unexpected and, to many, disappointing, many things have become clear. One major thing is that there is an entire generation that, while heavily invested in the outcome, weren’t up to putting some skin in the game. Our society has reached a point where slacktivism has replaced actual activism, actual action, in effecting change in the world.
Too many people are protesting without organizing, without being dedicated to the long term effort it takes to bring about change. Our society wants things to happen quickly…. 7 minute Abs, point/click/make a gagillion dollars…but lacks the discipline to put forth continuous effort day in and day out.
As the old saying goes:
I heard too many excuses from people who wanted a certain outcome for the election but were ‘too busy’ to put their shoe leather to pavement.
The only way things are ever going to change is to engage, physically engage, in your community and that requires you to put skin in the game. The same thing can be said for your own life. If you want things to change, it’s going to take action, discipline, and doing what you know you need to do especially on those days when you least feel like doing it.
So, today’s lesson is, if you want to change the world, put down the phone, shut off the Netflix, and start pounding the pavement.
Make it happen…