How can you aspire to greatness when mediocrity is acceptable? In a country bent on equalizing it’s citizenry by lowering standards, people who want more often get less.
The basic tenet of leadership is to motivate others to accomplish more. This is mostly accomplished by offering incentives. When I was interviewing for a management job early in my career, the hiring manager asked “So, how do you motivate people?” I responded “I don’t. I look for motivated people.”
A motivated person gets the job done every time. They are driven by success but when success is punished why should they try? Highly motivated people will succeed regardless of incentives. They are wired that way and nothing slows them down.
It’s the next level of achievers – the ones that have the right DNA but need a push – that are affected by disincentives to succeed.
The American landscape is changing from a land of rugged individualism to the quicksand of handouts. We are becoming the equivalent of a discount superstore – we have the brand products on the shelf but are pushing the white label ones because it serves our purpose.
The leadership void in Washington, DC is punishing success and rewarding apathy. People who start a business are overly taxed, face numerous fees and must contend with unfunded state and federal mandates. If you do nothing other than blame society for your lot in life you are rewarded with government subsidies.
I think the federal government has failed incentives 101. The government takes initiative away, removes drive, and kills any chance for its citizens to earn a better life. The functional word in that last sentence is “earn”. Politicians do not understand that concept.
But what do you expect from people who have other people pay for their campaigns, live off the citizens’ backs once in office, and can only gain revenue by taking more of what other people earn?
The only incentive politicians have to actually do the people’s will is the need for our vote. Most politicians have no fear of losing our vote so they continually do what is good for them and not the country. Buying votes is the name of the game and handouts are the currency.
So let me get this straight: I vote for a candidate who continually asks me for donations. Once in office the politician charges me higher taxes to give a handout to another voter. This ensures the other voter will vote for him so he can stay in office to do the same thing to him. Does anyone else see the need for the voter to change the playing field?
A representative government is supposed to have the elected official represent what the people who elected him want not the other way around. So why do we vote for people who do not represent what we want?
Most parents want their children to have a better life, a better standard of living, and a better opportunity for success than they had growing up. Look around. Can you honestly say this will be true for the children graduating college this year?
We need to elect real leaders and not aspire to mediocrity.