This week’s focus point…Good Old DaysDan Weedin Unleashed-40

While attending a conference over the weekend, I was part of a conversation between a small number of people regarding the perspicacity of today’s “younger generation.” The culprit, according to a few, was the decay in our public education system, and the lack of desire of the average person. They used some of the “man on the street” skits on television where people are asked questions that we all “think” should be common knowledge, generally around history and politics.

Here’s the problem with that kind of thinking. We are all influenced by those things around us – where we were born, where we grew up, education level of parents, availability of parents, friends, and a thousand other things. Making generalities around being “informed” and pointing it at just a couple of factors is short-sighted and ignores the diversity of our world. To add to it, the thinking that the time we grew up in is infinitely better than today and that the world is going down the drain is also astigmatic. Billy Joel in “Keeping the Faith” sang that, “the good old days weren’t always that good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems…” If memory serves, the good old days were filled with segregation, bullying, discrimination, and wars (5 “declared” just in this country).

Here’s what you need to do to seek out both significance and success. Avoid living in the past and be ever present. Learn from experience and apply the best of what you do to your life – both professionally and personally. Don’t allow yourself to get caught in a myopic mindset that demands that your generation, your family, and your country are impeccable and everyone else should do it your way. Instead, acknowledge that we live in a world that is constantly in flux and changing, and that you have the ability to help that change be a positive one for you and many others.

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This week’s quote –

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.”

~ Bertolt Brecht

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