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Guest Column: Let's Create A Better World In 2017

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By Joel M. Greenberg

 

I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anyone who does. I enjoy disrupting the status quo and I love the underdog. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. It’s hard to brag when you lose your head.

 

Yet sooner or later we all lose at something. We must learn to deal with defeat and move on.

 

Losing and winning each reveal one's character. Because in life we will not always be the best. We will not always be the first chosen.

 

Even so, the game—the political race, still reveals as much about one’s character as it does about one’s ability. I can only imagine there were at least two candidates this year who on election night were left thinking "I have spent thirty years of my life in public service building up a political career only to lose to a man who picked up politics as a hobby this year."

 

And one of them was defeated in less than 90 days. Let that sink in.

 

You see, the problem with years of easy victories is it can be intoxicating. The more one wins, the more that person feels invincible, powerful, unbeatable, proud, entitled, and untouchable, which is another way people lose their heads. In life, it is important to view every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.

 

This year has revealed that for many, change is difficult, but it can be managed when you stay aware of the power of your choices, even if it’s simply your attitude. Because the reality of this period in American life is that it's a transition. And a transition period is a period between two transition periods.

 

Easy, right?

 

But politics, it seems for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. For this reason, it is now ever apparent that politicians, like diapers, should be changed frequently and all for the same reason. If 2016 has taught us anything, it is that Truth is not determined by majority vote.

 

The four billion digital natives born between 1980 and 2010 intuitively understand innovation and global connection and will be leading the time ahead–bringing exciting new perspectives to the industrial age thinking of our forebears.

 

Great entrepreneurs and great leaders have one key characteristic in common: a passion for making a difference in the world and a clear vision for how they want to achieve this.

 

The organizations that build a better world for all will prosper. The leaders who build companies that make a positive impact will prosper. The politicians who embrace the reality of a connected world driven by distributed innovation will prosper.

 

I look forward to working with you to create a better world in the years ahead.

 

Joel M. Greenberg is a successful businessman, longtime Seminole County resident, and was recently elected as Seminole County Tax Collector.

 

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