“People clearly voted for Republicans in this election!”
“Voters clearly voted against Democrats!”
“Americans voted for change!”
Today those claims are being made.
And they are wrong.
People voted for improvement. If they believed a candidate could make things better, they cast their vote to give that candidate a chance.
And if things don’t get better, they’ll vote them out at the next opportunity.
If there’s one thing the current administration has demonstrated, it is that not all change is good. If people agreed that the changes in the past two years were all good, the outcome of the elections yesterday would have been different.
But a warning to Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike: once you’ve been given your chance, you must prove yourself.
Rhetoric is easy; results are hard.
Promises have been made, now progress must be made.
Here’s my advice to those newly elected and those re-elected. It is also good advice to leaders outside the political fray:
Arrogance is deadly. It blinds you to reality, and it distances you from followers.
Easy fixes rarely work. Expedient and shortsighted solutions mortgage the future. Look for the long term-solution.
To win together, we must sacrifice together. Everybody wants to be fit but few want to exercise. We need leaders who will go with us to the gym and demonstrate that some discomfort and pain will be necessary to regain the health and vitality we once enjoyed.
Take an economics course. No matter how powerful you may be, gravity still pulls you down. The same is true for economic forces. There are certain realities and laws that can’t be negated by the powerful or the elite. Learn what they are.
In the end, I hope our votes have counted towards creating the improvement we all desire. While we disagree on the means, we all want to live in a brighter future where things are better for ourselves and our children.
Helping us create that future is what leadership is about.