Success is: “The progressive realization of pre-determined worthwhile goals.”
So do you see success as a destination like a city on a map? Or do you see it as the road you’re on?
Last night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address as most of us already know. There were several statements made that were certainly positive; however there needs to be much more known before any of us can call it a successful meeting.
The theme is clearly “Winning the Future – Rebuilding America.” Who doesn’t want that? Are we on the road to financial recovery? It seems so. So the question becomes, where’s the map to get us there? The answer is: there is no map. There were some pretty broad statements with absolutely no real (other than reaching across the aisle) “how to” statements made. Actually, that’s the good news. This is the really good news.
The President went on to say that the solution to rebuilding America is our own creativity. He said, “Let’s fix what needs fixing and move forward.” He also said, as a challenge to us all, “We do BIG things.” Both of these statements shed some light on how we can all help turn this ship (America) toward the waters of greater economic certainty.
First, if we can agree that the U.S. Government is not the solution but a resource to support our nation’s economic turnaround, then we’re on common ground.
Next, as President Obama said, “America is a nation of many ordinary people who dare to dream.” If we can agree, then the secret to innovation is the dreams of a nation. We need to encourage those around us to take up the challenge. We understand, most of us, what needs to be done. Now, let’s have all of us develop the how-to portion.
It begins with: In order to achieve energy independence (or whatever you feel the destination or objective should be), we’ll manufacture ________ that will cost less than foreign oil and be accessible to us all via ________ at a price point that will insure its marketability. We’ll need to ___________ (and the process begins to define itself).
Here’s where Americans need to help other Americans. These ideas cost money. To be an entrepreneur is one thing. To have the funding is another. We need to help each other fund new creative and innovative solutions that will support the goals as laid out by the President.
Here’s where our government can be the resource, not the solution. The SBA (Small Business Administration) was supposed to be helpful in this area. Today, they are not. Most of those individuals have never run a business. Most do not have the background to properly evaluate the product or technology.
Why not outsource this? Why not open this up to private enterprise to evaluate? Why not change this system that has proven it doesn’t and can’t keep up with our economic times?
Mr. Obama said that he was forming a task force to evaluate the effectiveness of government. Let’s get entrepreneurs in to help reshape the process so that it’s a resource and NOT the solution. Government IS too big. It is too big to fail but yet it has nearly failed us with back room deals. Change is required. Every American that IS not elected or directly associated with an elected or appointed government official will admit: change is needed.
The best comment (for me) was the President’s affirmation that “Our people insure that our future is hopeful.”
What do you think?