I had a dream, that I lived in a political system that made sense. That my candidates were mature men that put the needs of the country ahead of the needs of their respective parties. That candidates were more concerned about Americas welfare than their poll numbers. That my candidates were strong enough and bright enough to wrestle in defense spending and bring spending in the intelligence community to some kind of normal place (come on really, Yemenese teenage pirates. These guy didn't have enough money to buy a soccer balls, much less a stinger missle). In my dream grown men from both parties came together with the understanding that if you overleverage the middleclass ("let them eat cake) and crush the poor (they need to work harder) you might at some point have social problems that will become such an anchor on society and our economy, that the great system that we call America might implode.
So guys while you are having your WWE moments, reacting to pundits or just going about your day bullshitting on the campaign trail. Remember you are applying for the CEO job of the greatest economic corner of the world. Be mindful of that.
Be mindful of the great people that we have in this country who are willing to go to the wall for this great country. You have people on the right, you have people on the left but the people in the middle, they are the ones who are looking to you for a sensible solutions. They don't want you to be a savior because they realize that the issues are huge and you are just normal men doing an incredibly complex job that deals with very complex issues.
They just want you to be sincere in your conviction. People are only small when they do not want to grow or have not been exposed to the upside of the right and most noble answer. Americans love this position, just ask Hollywood (noble heroes are the most romantic to our culture).
But like I said this was all a dream, I wonder what the Kardashians are up to because I know that these guys in Washington........oh well. Make the dream matter guys.
Every entrepenuer's journey starts off with an idea, a service or some thingamajig to sell to whodoneit or whowantit (You get the idea). The key to that idea getting of the ground is that entrepenuer ability to develope a team that can bring that idea to the marketplace. Just like basketball, you sort of have to have those pieces in places before you hit the floor.
You need a point guard to bring the product in play. A number 2 guard that can score. A power forward that not only can score but can rebound and pivot to defense. A rebounding forward that can create opportunities out of the competitions missed shots and a center who is close to the basket, can score, rebound and create oppotunities. All of these folkes are important.
You must also have chemistry. You must have the ability that these parts can function in motion and score when the opportunity is there. Your team has to be able to come down the floor and put the ball in the basket and when they do this right, the fans cheer (your customers), the word of mouth expands (from your customers), and your team has the ability to create other scoring opportunities (for your fans).
So question number one. "Do you have your Fab5 (your team). Is there enough air in the ball (your products ability to function). Do you know where the basket is located (your opportunity to score). Do you have enough fans in the stands and are they cheering for you (Do you have what they need or want?). Can you win the away games along with the home games (away games: new clients, home game: current clients). And the most important part, is your team practice ethic as good as their work ethic( because you have to win unconsciencely and consciencely as a mix, that is the only way you will overcome the distractions).
Recently I have had the pleasure of being able to enjoy one of my favorite shows every week, Shark Tank on ABC (This show is the good good). Every week we're cheering for true American heroes. People who have a dream and are looking for a way to better improve themselves and their families life. They come on stage and courageously try to pitch their ideas to 5 superheroes of finance. It's great tv. The American Idol of entrepeuership sortof. From week to week we see fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, couples and whoever. Take their idea and frame a pitch to seasoned business professional. Some times it great for the candidate. some times its ugly but it's never boring and allways imparts valuable lessons in pitching and executing your business. Under pressure these entrepenuers show who the diamonds are and who are the lumps of coal.
So I thought, "Why don't we put the presidential candidates on this great show so we can see their true thought process under pressure. I know plenty of guys who are great at golf on the driving range but suck when they get on that 18 hole of "the good walked ruined". The pressure makes the difference. Let's get these guy on the show without their speech writers, staffs, and overpaid do boys and let's see how these guys perform.
Now I know what you're thinking, "Redd we already do this when we have public debates, wouldn't you agree?" No I wouldn't. It's something about these 5 no nonsense but empathetic personalities (because they all have been that person pitching and working for faith) that in some sort of way, quickly exposes the upside and the downside to the individuals in front of them (and by the way, I think your board of director are supposed to have the same skill set these 5 professional possess, #JustSayin).
So President Obama and candidate Romney be brave and go in The Shark Tank.
This show by far is the best place for you to see how to pitch a deal and how to lose a deal. The maturity that this young lady possed in this negotiation was impressive. Shark Tank on ABC is by far one of the best things on tv right now for those who want to be in business or planning to start one. #CheckItOut