This past week, it was tough to watch as such a horrible thing happened in Boston, especially the fact that 2 young men – one of them really just a boy – could put the people of Boston, and our country into a state of fear. Terrorism has hit close to home again – something people in many other countries live with on a daily basis.
I watched the news on the TV set at the coffee house I work from the 3rd Monday of each month while I was trying to get ready for my monthly mastermind to help entrepreneurs find their business and get started with a plan. Later, several of us talked in the bar that day about the real tragedy of this event. It was broadcasts on several news outlets: CNN, FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC were the main ones. Throughout the week, in several places I visited, I watched the news channels in the brief moments I would spend in a line or passing through a lobby. It was everywhere, all week long.
The real tragedy that I saw this past week was far bigger than terrorism in our own country. It was the fact that these news outlets jumped to broadcast live from the scene, and direct the world to watch everything that happened in one town over and over and over for five days.
I live in Texas and here we had a great tragedy that received very few moments on those news casts. They appeared to not have interest in a fire and explosion that leveled a significant part of a town and killed and injured more people than were harmed in Boston.
So why am I, a coach and writer working to serve entrepreneurs, writing about this? It is a tragedy that we as a country want to immerse ourselves in things placed in front of us on how to become fearful and how to relive drama – other people’s drama – over and over. And it’s not CNN’s fault that this became a 5-day broadcast. They are doing it because you are watching. They want ratings and you would rather live in fear, so you watch those things and keep glued to a TV set for this.
We have become a poor excuse for a country when this is what takes our attention for days. Let’s drop the fear and talk about the people who jumped and rushed toward the blast and not away from it. They are the real heroes, the entrepreneurs in this; they went to help their fellow citizens. They didn’t look to find a safe place to hide. Hundreds helped, and you didn’t see all those heroes jump to get their15 minutes of fame in front of TV crews so they could get on camera.
Our world has become sick with people who are about saving themselves, and not standing up to what needs to be changed. We are sitting like cowards in front of our TV sets while the news media is broadcasting how we need to stay in a safe place.
Many brave solders and service men died to teach us to be brave, to live in faith and build a better world. That is what we need to be doing. Let’s talk about the brave people who jumped to save a fire in West, TX – volunteer firefighters who went to put out a fire, and when the building exploded because of what was stored there, many of those brave men went missing and are now presumed dead.
The best news story I read on this tragedy was how the facility was storing a chemical that was supposed to be registered with the Department of Homeland Security. The news story should read how people lost their lives while doing their job.
This week I am going to be on a few rants about things that need to change. Today is not about the news media needing to change. They are only broadcasting the things that you told them in ratings you want to see. It’s time to change America by you and me looking in the mirror and changing the person we see in that mirror.
That is what entrepreneurs do: change the person in the mirror, then provide opportunity to others to change what they see. The tragedy is we need to change. Take responsibility America and clean up your own house.
I’m Tim Gillette, Creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to fix the real tragedy in our world and it starts with the man in the mirror. Are you ready to make the changes and rock your world in 2013?