Change from a Position of Strength

Just a few months ago, Elizabeth Warren was leading in the Democratic Primary.  Just a few short weeks ago, Bernie Sanders had “all but locked up” the Democratic nomination (CNN commentator).  Now, it looks like the standard bearer, Joe Biden, is the guy for the democrats this fall.  What happened? 

Change – real change – is really hard.  The far left candidates focused their platforms on radical change.  When things are relatively good, people don’t like to change.  Sanders and Warren continue to campaign on all that is wrong in the world.  That strategy doesn’t work when things are relatively good. 

Isn’t it amazing that we all now love our private health insurance when it is compared to a government program?  Really?  As I’ve written in the past, our health payment system is broken and I think both sides agree with that.  They might not agree with how to solve it, but it cracks me up that even Democrats are running on keeping private insurance.  Why?  Because things are relatively good for most Americans (coronavirus concerns aside). 

Humans are wired to not change until something bad happens.  As was quipped in 2009 by Rahm Emanuel and others before, “Never waste a good crisis.”  We don’t change our diets until we have heart issues.  We don’t change our spending habits until we’re out of cash.  Isn’t that dumb?  Shouldn’t we fix things before it’s too late?  We’re not really good planners.  We are good at reacting to problems. 

Business is relatively good right now for most sectors.  I submit we should “fix” things in our businesses now and not wait for the crisis.  The economy will turn at some point.  No one knows when.  Do you want to be forced to make changes?  Don’t wait until next year to change what you know needs to change.  Next year is now.  Change from a position of strength. 

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