-Written by Kirsten Austin
At Sage Summit I had a beautiful discussion with a long time business partner from Canada. He pointed out how terrible it was to see our divided nation and asked about the “parties”. I am not going to tell you which way I vote. You may have a challenging time guessing. I helped build a company from the ground up. Sure I had great teachers, bus-drivers and thank goodness grew up in a country I completely love! Mentors along the way have motivated me during challenging times. I’ve always tried to surround myself with positive people. There was no luck, bail-out or magical formula for success. Most entrepreneurs know hard work and productivity is the key.
On the flip side, a special needs daughter came into my life. I met her in a home for abandoned and abused children. If the resources provided by our nation were not in place, it may have been impossible to help raise her. So both sides of the “coin” are presented.
At 43 years of age, I have realized the absolutely ridiculous division in our country that is tearing us apart. When I was young my mother told me if you do not have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This is a hard rule to follow if you want to say the truth. So I am going to change that up.
I’d like to challenge anyone that has strong political beliefs to go ahead and speak their mind, but be careful with the attitude and the words. Politicians on both sides have said some pretty stupid things lately. (Akin, come on are you from the 1800’s?) More importantly, is prepare to listen to other points of view. How can you expect to get your point across if you are ranting and raving?
Whatever your belief is, back it down a notch or two and actually listen to the other side and opinion. Be Careful with your words. There is an old saying, “Wise Man Knows He Knows Nothing At All.”
The past is the past and our future is at stake. No matter your race, sex, creed or background you are living in the United States of America, not the Divided States of America.