Lessons From The Occupiers

I was in NYC with a client last week and took time to wade into a group of the original occupiers on Wall Street at 2 am.  Here’s what I came away with:

  1. Sitting unemployed outside under a tarp griping all winter is not a guaranteed path to wealth and influence.
  2. The fact that a minority of people hold the majority of the world’s wealth is not a particularly devastating insight, and has been the case with humans for all time, under every form of government (especially Marxism).
  3. All of the occupiers that I saw were wearing good clothes and were well fed and are indeed in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people from a global perspective.

The lesson for all of us:  Things that you can’t control aren’t problems, they’re facts of life.  Don’t spend another minute worrying about them.  Instead, focus on fixing things that you can control.  And have a generous heart for those that live in true poverty.

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