"It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises - but only performance is reality."
- Howard Geneen, ex-CEO of ITT
On September 23, 2019, the politicians of the world gathered in New York for an annual United Nations meeting. And man, were they surprised to find themselves subjected to a tongue lashing the likes of which I have never seen.
"Ah, it was in New York so it must be Donald Trump who was speaking," you're thinking. Nope. He did make an appearance, but he missed the fireworks at this event.
The individual berating the leaders of countries around the world was none other than 16-year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. She was angry that more isn't being done to address man-made climate change. After reading her speech, I couldn't help being reminded of the biblical advice, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me."
The thousands of people that read this newsletter are adults. Unlike children who often view issues as purely black and white, Adults understand that the world is complicated. Let us discuss the issue like adults and allow children to continue thinking like children. They will learn in time.
With all the talk about socialism, democratic socialism, capitalism, and the like, I've been wanting to walk you through the story a bit. Fortunately, someone else did it for me...and they did it brilliantly!
Watch the video above. Show it to your kids. And then think.
Entrepreneur, financial guy, husband and father of two great kids.