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:
- Sitting unemployed outside under a tarp griping all winter is not a guaranteed path to wealth and influence.
- 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).
- 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.