There’s a lot of fighting amongst my friends online; one side thinks Trump is the answer, the other Hillary. They each raise an argument that compares apples to oranges. It reminds me of the person who once said we need to coexist, asking the question, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
A great thought: we all need to get along, we all need to understand that none of us (and, yes, I meant to use the word “none”) is the same. We were all raised differently; we all have different beliefs, feelings, we think differently, and we act differently. Like Zig told me years ago: “Stop trying to be anyone else; just be Tim.”
I think the the people who say “Let’s all just get along” actually mean, “Why can’t you just think and act like ME.” To really get along, we have to be willing to coexist with people who believe different things from us; who act differently; who have different passions.
Again, I am going to repeat: this post is not in support of either candidate. I do not endorse Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. This post, like last week’s post, is to really look at the words that are being used to get your vote; to get you to think about what they really mean by the terms used; to put it in political terms; to twist their words and get you thinking.
So this week we talk about those words Hillary is using as a slogan for her campaign. At first it was “I’m with her,” but it was switched to get the supporters of Bernie to join and help her unify the democrat party. The new slogan she chose is “Stronger together.”
When I think of both of these ideas together, they come off to me as a selfish cry, one that makes me feel like someone is asking “Why can’t we all just get along?” Or as I listed above, “Why can you just see things my way?”
I get the fact that what is being shared is that we need to work together. We need to join and build a great country together. But no matter which person wins in November I will tell you that YOU are an individual. Our country is built on different individuals joining together as Americans. No labels, no Black Americans, Latino Americans, or gay or straight Americans. No Asian or African Americans. We need to understand that no matter who we are, where we came from we are just Americans.
When a person is seeking a national office, they should respect you as who you are, not label you, not ask you to see things the way THEY want you to see them. This is still a free country, a place where you can have your own opinion, where you can agree with me or disagree with me. That is what makes America great. That is what makes us stronger.
As the Olympics are winding down this week, I could not help but think of all those athletes who won individual Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Yes they felt like they were a team, that team is America’s team. But they are also individual medal winners; they get that honor, not the entire team.
As an entrepreneur we work to create individual businesses; if we lead a team we ask that team to get behind our vision. But that vision is accomplished by individuals doing their own personal work, and when THAT is put together, it makes a team accomplishment.
I hope when someone says the phrase “Stronger together,” you hear “I do my part, you do your part.” Together, yes we are a stronger America. We don’t think the same, act the same, or have the same dreams, or desires in life. I respect that you are different and honor the fact that you get to vote for whom you want. And if you do not like the choices of this election you get to cast your vote again in the next one. In fact, you can write in your own choice this time if you don’t like the choices given to you.
Whoever wins the election will probably find that close to 50 percent of the people in America did not agree with them. When the new president asks for us to just get along, I hope they respect the fact that some of us are thinking differently. I hope whoever wins, they do not work to influence those who disagree and tell them they need to think the way they do.
I hope America gets to see a place where our leader is in that office to serve us, that we stop being offended by every little thing and accept the fact that my neighbor is not me. I do not expect him to think and act like me. We are not robots; we are individuals.
As November approaches, I hope you cast your vote for the person you want – not a vote to just keep the other person out of the office. We can make America great again, if we understand that we can be stronger together, if we as individuals honor the fact that we are all different. To get along we must accept that nobody is exactly like me.
Tim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here . Free Online Training that Rocks.