Morning! Did you see all the press about Jeremy Corbyn getting a great rockstar reception at Glastonbury this weekend? It got me thinking about how politicians and politics can affect your success.
In brief, the Guardian reports “The roar was deafening as Jeremy Corbyn walked on to the main Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury. The 68-year-old political veteran’s appearance was one of the most hotly anticipated moments of the weekend – an extraordinary turn a year after he cancelled his 2016 festival appearance following the vote for Brexit and as uncertainty mounted about his future as Labour leader. Facing the tens of thousands of festivalgoers who had gathered to see him, Corbyn, arriving on stage with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, beamed and waited for the chants of his name to die down.
“Michael, you brought the spirit of music, of love, of ideas, and of great messages,” he said, giving Eavis a copy of the Labour manifesto. “And if you see that far,” he said to the crowd, “look at the wall that surrounds this festival. There’s a message for president Donald Trump. You know what it says? Build bridges, not walls.” The cheering erupted again.
“Politics is actually about everyday life. It’s about all of us: what we dream, what we want, what we achieve and what we want for everybody else.” he said.”
That last sentence is interesting, I’ll come back to that after a bit of trivia….
The picture they are running in all the newspapers is two pretty girls on shoulders with an “ohhh Jeremy Corbyn” sign.
Now, a little known fact is that the girl on the right in that picture is Shelby, the daughter of one of my very first “proper” boyfriends, Paul. I was madly, truly, deeply in love with Paul from age 16 to about age 21.
We haven’t been in touch since my wedding, he was invited of course, as were all my old gang. But then we all got busy with babies and work and life and such, so we’ve only just reconnected on Facebook.
Now Paul is a very active member of the Labour Party, and always has been and I assume his daughter is the same. They crew, with Paul’s sister Sarah, at Glastonbury every year, have done since Shelby was little. Making great family memories, for sure.
After a bit of fond reminiscing about Paul and our couple of years together in my late teens, I got to thinking about that last sentence in the article and the difference between how some people tackle inequality and injustice in their worlds.
“Politics is actually about everyday life. It’s about all of us: what we dream, what we want, what we achieve and what we want for everybody else.”
Paul’s way is to join a political party, support good causes and take part & demonstrate actively. He is working from the outside in, if you like.
While I work from the inside out, I focus on changing & improving my world and my conditions first, so that I’m more empowered to help others by way of Kiva donations (lent to aspiring entrepreneurs in third world countries), and also people like my teens and their friends.
I spend a lot of time encouraging and showing anyone who will listen that whoever is in power, they have the power over their outcomes, they also have 100% responsibility for how they react to whatever happens to them.
I tell them that “the trick to money is having some” and show them how, if they just spend less than they save and invest the difference in just five one-bedroom flats, they’ll be financially free by their 40’s-50’s.
I show them how to create a buzz online and then turn that buzz into passive income from recommending great products and services.
Because IMHO there is nothing better as an insulation from what is going on in the world around you, no matter who is in power, than a big fat financial cushion. The kind you don’t get from relying on your job or profession alone. You can also help more people if you have more to give.
There’s no right or wrong way, Paul and I have found the way that suits us best.
However, I don’t want to rely on politics and politicians for what I want, what I achieve and what I want for my kids. I want to rely 100% on me.
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