“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
-- President Obama at a speech over the weekend
Usually….when some guy starts a statement…”if you were successful...”, I’m tending to stop for a moment and ask what if you weren’t successful? What if you had marginal teachers in high school, of which half should have been dismissed as lousy instructors? What if the bridges and roads built….weren’t in your neck of the woods? What if the government took forty million in tax revenue from a company and gave it to some pitiful solar energy company who bankrupted the money in less than 100 days? What if success wasn’t measureable by some government official?
At the tail end of this discussion, I’d be wondering if there was a division of the government…whose sole function in life….was ensuring your success.
Would they meet in Hawaii for conferences? Would they have study groups with business experts from Harvard University? Would they have some former Louisiana Senator in charge of the success department? Would colleges offer up classes in success…..so you’d be able recognize it when it finally hit you? Would some dimwit start to measure success….in some idealistic fashion that qualifies you were marginally successful, somewhat successful, fully successful, or overwhelmingly successful?
Here are some basic truths in success in life:
- Your success is utterly dependent on you, yourself. A bunch of folks can give you wisdom and advice….but if you can’t see through that, and make the right decisions….then none of that matters.
- The first idiot to stand and say you’ve been successful enough and you need to stand aside for another guy to have a chance….is the first guy you need to fire or terminate. He’s some loser with an agenda which has nothing to do with success.
- Failures in life can pave the way toward success. A guy with ideas will eventually make it to the top.
- If someone wants to talk about the government being involved in your success as a company…they might want to mention that the government might also be part of your failure as a company. Logic would dictate that.
- Finally, the last people on Earth to tell you something about success in business….is some political player. You might as well as ask a farmer about his vast knowledge in solar flares.