OBAMA’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS – ENTREPRENEURS LISTEN UP
January 23, 2013
Like him or not, it really doesn’t matter
here. I’m sure you’ll agree that Obama’s message was strong. While meant to unite our country, his advice could easily be used as guidance for fueling entrepreneurial growth. Not so sure? Let’s look at the principles covered in the speech.
From where I sat, while watching the speech, I think President Obama sent messages that entrepreneurs could use to drive their businesses forward. His principles could ignite a company’s growth and dramatically impact an organization’s bottom line.
Here’s what I heard…
1. Stay the path
While President Obama was referring to freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I think this is clearly defining entrepreneurial life. Many of us have to “fight” for our rights to pursue the life we love. Often we are dealing with people who don’t understand why we just can’t “get a job.” Our spouses, children, parents, and in-laws just don’t understand why we struggle.
2. Live the reality
Live our dream. Not always easy but people like us are the ones who shaped this country. We are different and we know it. We have dreams that our wealthy siblings will never understand.
3. Take personal responsibility
We do. We take personal responsibility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We’re taking responsibility at night, early in the morning, on weekends, holidays, and even when we’re sick. The responsibility is always there, like a monkey on our backs. Many people think we have freedom to take long lunches, days off and can jump on a plane for a lovely vacation. They never realize that lunches are something we grab at 4 pm to keep ourselves from fainting. They’d be shocked to know that days off are a fantasy that we can’t even imagine. As for jumping on a plane, it wouldn’t do us any good at all, we can’t fly far enough to stop obsessing about our business. It would be a total waste of time, money and energy, so we stay at our desks.
4. Make changes
President Obama said, “…when times change, so must we, that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges…”
I hate to say it but this seems suspiciously like something I heard Donald Trump say a few years ago. Maybe they’re not as far away from each other as they might think.
As entrepreneurs, we have to change. New challenges, are a daily occurrence and unless we are able to bend, we will break. Our responses to these challenges determine whether we have a business tomorrow or not. Sometimes, we hedge our bets and try to cover more bases than one or wait until the very last minute to decide. Decide we do, if for no other reason than we don’t have anyone else to do it.
5. Get together
With unification on his mind, the president called to us, “Now, more than ever, we must do these things together…”
At this time, more than ever, we need to ban together with other business owners. We need to develop powerful relationships, design teams that work side-by-side that support growth and benefit for all. We need to use these relationships to creatively drive all the organizations forward. This is the wave of the future and embracing it now, will make a huge difference in everyone’s ROI.
6. Limitless and without boundaries
Barack Obama, with an eye to the future, “America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands…”
Our possibilities as entrepreneurs are limitless. We have what it takes to succeed. We have the resources to tap this world without boundaries. We’re only limited by our own imagination. If we can “think it” we can do it. No, it’s not going to be easy, but it will be worthwhile.
If you’re unsure, you might be interested to see these stats:
Small businesses account for 91% of U.S. Exports
64% of small business doing business overseas experience a positive return within two years
95% of the world’s consumers are located beyond U.S. borders
U.S. exports are expected to go to $3.14 trillion by 2014
7. Keep going
Finally the president said, “With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”
Entrepreneurs, keep going, keep working, with passion and dedication, you will transform an uncertain future to one that is stable and solid. You will shine brightly and bask in the light of freedom.
Best of luck to all you entrepreneurs.
Your forefathers fought for this country and it’s your job to keep driving the US forward. You must continue to start, build and grow businesses. You are the power that fuels our nation. And I’m proud of each and every one of you.
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