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Self-Reliance – The Heart of a Strong Society and Every Successful Organization

In war, when outnumbered, aggressors seek to injure more than to kill. That is because every injured fighter requires an able bodied soldier to help them. Hit one and you take two or more out of the fight. The same principle applies day to day.

When first-timer Javier couldn’t keep up with the 18 other fitness hikers we encouraged him to return to the trailhead. He said, “No, I’ll be along in a while. I just need to slow down.” Twenty minutes later nobody had seen him on the trail and all of us abandoned our hike to become a search party for Javi. A half hour later we found him happily sitting by a stream drinking a Red Bull.

Jocelyn hates Social Media. Not sure why, she just refuses to examine it occasionally or at all. She says proudly, “I don’t DO Social Media.” Two of our top clients and most of our prospects regularly reveal their interests and needs through their Social Media posts. At least five times a week, Jocelyn asks other workers what they know about our clients or prospects. She realizes that they’re more up to date than she is. Five times a week x fifty weeks = a great deal of lost productivity while our team compensates for Jocelyn’s prejudice against Social Media.

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Dependency is Cancerous to Productivity 

Jean wouldn’t learn the new software, so we had to print out her reports instead of just posting them as usual. Rick doesn’t take care of his car or try to learn how, so he drops by on weekends to get me to show him what to do. There goes my weekend.

When my Army Sergeant caught me slacking off one day during infantry combat training exercises, he called me aside. He said, “You’re going to get other people killed! When you don’t develop the skills and confidence to do your job, others have to compensate for your weakness, and worse yet, you won’t have the strength to be there for them when they need you!” I grew up a bit that day and have remembered that lesson over all these years.

If the receptionist or operator doesn’t really know the company, then they have to take someone else away from their duties in order to guide a caller or guest. If you don’t mow your lawn and keep your home looking nice, then the whole neighborhood is less appealing, not just your place. When a child doesn’t learn to become a productive wage earner, they remain dependent on others even into adulthood.

Dependency is robbery.

You take someone else away from what they would otherwise do in order to take care of you. This is why Self-Reliance is the Holy Grail for an organization’s success. If you don’t take care of YOU, then you can’t take care of me if I need you, and I have to stop what I’m doing to take care of you! Needy people take away two or more producers from other endeavors.

In society, the more people who are on government assistance programs, the higher taxes must be on the self-reliant producers. They are getting less of a reward for their hard work and willingness to do their part and deal with risks and difficulties. Meanwhile, the dependents are getting by without difficulty or hard work. They avoid pain by forcing someone else to fill their void. This can only persist for a limited time. As they say, “Sooner or later you will run out of other people’s money.”

On the job you need to bring strength 

For sales people what this means is: you must learn to generate your own prospects, find your own leads, learn from others so you can devise your own creative ways of appealing to people who are otherwise, “not interested.” It also means that you must learn to become your own sales manager and not wait for someone to train you, motivate you or remind you to keep accurate and current records. Your sales reports aren’t just yours. They are also the vital pieces of information that others could use for planning, budgeting, resource allocation and policymaking.

When someone asks what a salesperson’s job is, tell them, “First it is to follow directions eagerly, then it is to develop work habits and knowledge that will allow them to be good decision makers and effective workers. All of this is for the purpose of serving people well while earning a profit for our company.” They aren’t just paid to “make sales”. They’re paid to help build the business by creating and nurturing profitable new business friendships. Business is built upon relationships that are productive and a primary operating assumption is that each person will bring value to the operation.

In my own business, our mission statement is this: “We exist to make life better for people, profitably.” No profit means the business can’t endure. Profit is honorable and vital for the survival of the organization. We must become self-reliant financially in order to stay in business and to serve our customers and coworkers.

When you come to a meeting, bring value.

Be an eager participant, make efforts to learn, bring ideas or information, and prepare so others don’t have to compensate for your lack. Arrive on time, greet others and distribute materials. Turn off your cell phone.

When you participate in a training class don’t just attend, Learn! Guide with questions, help create examples that make sense of the ideas, be a contributor. Become a self-reliant producer who can help others when needed.

Reaching out for help is a very good thing as you are growing in your role. Reaching out after you could have become self reliant is selfish and destructive. Bring strength and value, be the source of happiness and productive behavior wherever you go. Make life better for people.

Take good care of YOU because I may need you someday and you may need me. And I pledge to do the same for you.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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The people of Italy win big

Of course, leftist tyrants are not happy.

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Tucker compares what’s going on in Europe with our own corrupt government here and finds them quite similar. Also, Giorgia Meloni’s big win in Italy, why she won and why the American left can’t stand it. Highlights include:

“Not a lot of Americans pay attention to European politics unless they’re very bored or work at some think-tank, and that’s understandable, but it’s a shame really, because if you look closely at what’s happening in Europe, you can learn a lot about what’s happening here.”

“Despite the castles and the funny accents and the smelly cheese, Europe is not actually that different from the United States, at least in this way. European leaders run their countries pretty much the same way our leaders run our country. They yammer on endlessly about democracy, but then at the same time they do their best to avoid democracy’s most basic requirements, like free speech and representative government.”

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“You run a country in the name of the people. You’re not a king, you’re a democratically elected leader. You run it in the name of the people who live there, but at the same time it’s ‘dangerous’ to allow the opinions of those people to influence your decisions.”

“Does that sound familiar? It does because it’s exactly the kind of democracy that we live in, which is to say, a fake one.”

“In fact, there is no majority in any country on planet Earth that thinks open borders are a good idea, or that considers global warming the single biggest problem, or that thinks it’s wise to quarantine the entire population because of a flu virus. No large group of people anywhere wants these things. But in the west, everybody gets them anyway because politicians don’t care what you think. Your opinion is ‘dangerous’.”

“Shut up, racist!”

“This summer, a conservative populist called Giorgia Meloni started showing up with strong supports in the polls. Meloni was no radical, her views would’ve seemed perfectly ordinary just a decade ago. But because she resolutely refused to bow to the twin gods of climate and mass migration, people panicked. The president of the European Commission, in fact, on camera commanded Italians not to vote for her.”

“These aren’t mysteries, but you’re not allowed to acknowledge them in public, period. In some places it’s illegal. But, Meloni is one of the few politicians who doesn’t care and has been willing to say the obvious, the Truth, out loud, and as a result of that, because she’s been willing to say what everybody actually knows, last night her party, called ‘Brothers of Italy,’ won an overwhelming victory in Italy.”

“American families are facing the very same onslaught from the very same poisonous ideologies. The difference is that in this country it’s rarely acknowledged except on the fringes. Meloni is not on the fringes, she’s the new Prime Minister of Italy, she will be, and she’s saying it out loud. Contrast that to what’s happening in the United States. House Republicans just spelled out what they’re running on. It’s a document called ‘the Commitment to America.'”

“You probably haven’t read it, nobody really cares. Why? Because there’s nothing real in it. There’s not a single word in that document about the attacks on the American family that you see every day.”

“It’s their hysteria and their total unwillingness to ask obvious questions that lets you in on the secret, which is they’re panicked, because they know the current system is doomed.”

“And in fact, what happened last night in Italy is the best case scenario for them, because it was a peaceful transfer of power. That’s a good thing, that’s what you want. In a democracy, people should be allowed to have some influence on the priorities of the government that claims to represent them. And when they speak in an election, the people who’ve been repudiated have a moral obligation to pause just for one second and ask, ‘Why didn’t they like what I was offering them?'”

“But they never ask themselves that. They never take any blame whatsoever.”

Watch the video below and give your own political commentary in the … comments … yeah, that didn’t come out as cool as it did in my head, but anyway, comments.

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The New Democratic Sex Cult

They have stopped worshipping the Creator and instead worship the created.

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The Democrats have become a sex cult. Sex is their religion. They have exchanged worshipping God the Creator and instead worship sex, the created. PolitiCrossing founder Chris Widener explains in this short video and gives you the true answer on how to defeat the sex cult. Read Romans 1:18-27 below the video, then watch the video.

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From Romans 1:18-27

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

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