Quick post before I start my day.
Recently, I’d been talking to my fellow entrepreneur friends on the topic of “business and politics”. This is one topic that intrigues me, because I’m sincerely interested in politics enough to comment on it publicly.
Some of the business-folks/ previous or current NCMP I follow include: Calvin Cheng, Patrick Liew, Raymond Ng, Shiao-yin Kuik, Goh Yong Wei (lol). I also read D’Niel’s posts but he’s not based in Singapore.
I also happen to love reading Olli Muurainen’s posts on Finnish economy. He’s quite sarcastic sometimes, which becomes super funny!🙂 But I really like him as a person because I think he’s very wise, kind, super unpretentious and humble. Also, he has a genuine heart for Finland.
I once asked him in person, “Why don’t you join politics in Finland? You’re so passionate about it and I’m sure you’d be super good for the country.” And he said, “Because I still want to give full undivided attention to my business! Maybe I’d join when I’m older.”
I deviate. Anyway, after talking to my entrepreneur friends, I’d reached a personal conclusion that there is no point in me commenting about politics anymore. Why? Because at the end of the day, it’s people who hold the purse that has the final say.
And I am convinced that the really powerful people are folks who are super low profile. They make the PR people/ spin doctors do all the dirty work for them. I’m convinced because I’d personally witnessed how it is like in action.
I used to think that I could change things in politics by voicing out my concerns. I could influence my immediate environment, couldn’t I? The big fat answer is, “No. I cannot change things by voicing out. Nothing will change just because I voice my political opinion. However, things will change if instead of voicing political opinions, I focus on my business.”
Ultimately, to test out a person’s heart, you still have to follow the money…
…Which is why it’s so important to join a corporation with a vision you can identify with.
…Which is why there are PAID PROFESSIONS like ambassadors and politicians and NCMP in a professional capacity. They’re paid A LOT. If you as a commoner are not paid–forget it. You have no power and your words don’t matter. It’s best to support these paid folks whose vision you can identify with, because they have power and you don’t.
Money never lies. Follow the money trail and you will get a glimpse of the pay-er’s heart. Monitor the money trail closely and you will get the truth of the market and human HEARTS.
The truth is never told in words. It’s found on the contrary, in monetary flow.
So I’d made a personal decision to refrain from making a public position on politics anymore. Instead, I’d focus all my efforts on my business. :)
On a separate note, this morning I woke up with a decision to let go.
It’s very liberating–Because I’d found a closure and a comfortable position.🙂