Recently had a little back and forth locally with a guy who, in my opinion, is operating against his own interests.

So, I live in Missouri, one of the last bastions of normalcy left in the country.

But unfortunately, there are still some purple-haired knuckleheads here who don’t appreciate what we have.

And therefore, they want to California-ize us.

What happened was, the Republicans at the State Legislature wanted to make it more difficult to change the State Constitution through the Initiative Petition process.

Quite a mouthful, I know.

But basically, they wanted to make it so outsiders can’t change our Constitution.

What they proposed was an amendment that would bar illegal immigrants, foreign countries, and corporations headquartered outside of the State from having a say over any measures that would alter the Constitution.

Sounds reasonable enough, right?

You wouldn’t want the next town over voting on your town’s leash laws.

But not to the Democrats or the guy I was talking to.

Because the Democrats filibustered for 50 hours straight to keep it from passing.

They set a State record for obnoxiousness.

So, even though there was majority support for the amendment, no vote could occur.

Why on Earth would the Dems want outsiders to have the ability to influence what happens here in Missouri?

Well, the short answer is, because the majority of folks who live here don’t want what they want.

What do they want?

For one, unlimited government-funded abortion.

Not even exagerating.

And, in my humble but accurate opinion, that isn’t pro-family and does nothing to help local communities.

Therefore, it’s against the interests of Missourians.

But here’s the kicker, the purple-haired guy I was talking to has three children, and owns two businesses.

He has a vested interest in the community and his children’s future.

So, I tried to wrap my head around why he would be in favor of something that could negatively impact what he cares about.

Then, I suddenly came to the conclusion that it must be because his opinions wwere not solely his own.

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

So if you’re hanging out with nattering nay-bobs who constantly espouse a “progressive,” “tolerant,” and anti-family belief system, there’s a good chance you’re going to spew the same nonsense.

Maybe he’ll come around one day. Maybe not.

Anyway, if what I’ve said here has you triggered or offended in any way…Well, you’ll probably want to go get on some mommy blogger list.

On the flip side of things, if you would rather be part of a family-friendly community that’s all about business-building strategies and ideas designed to grow your business, besides getting my daily emails, you’ll also want to check out my new membership site when it becomes available.

Of course, you can continue to “Get By” with your own echo chamber of competitors’ lamentations and your own defeatist experiences…but that old news isn’t going to serve you long-term.

It’s like stale chewing gum for your brain that reinforces all the negative aspects of this business.

Take, for example, the age-old complaint that one of your competitors has XYZ Transport’s business all tied up.

If you have a defeatist mindset, you might think there’s no reason to waste your time and approach the fleet manager, right?

But that type of thinking will get you nowhere.

It will do nothing but reinforce the same behavior for the next go around.

Instead, go visit the fleet manager.

You want to make sure the guy knows who you are and that your company is available to help if something were to fall through with the other company.

Things change, people change. And if you aren’t a known quantity, there’s no way you’re going to have a chance at the business.

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”

So take your shots!

That’s it for now…I have a ton more to say on this topic and others, but you’ll have to wait until I open the membership site to get it.

For now, practice up on what you’ve learned and look for more to come in future emails.

Don Archer

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