I would like to share a lesson I just learned from one of my teachers, Abe Hardoon.

When you hear someone standing their ground and retorting, “it’s not the way I do things”, consider this to be a big red flag. It means that the person you are dealing with is locked into their perception and the rigid way they envision the/their world.

These people have both an emotional and psychological investment in being right.

It has been my experience that people who are proudly myopic and rigorously certain in their point of view and actions are potentially very dangerous to deal with, especially in business.

Therefore, I am constantly on the lookout for people who are expansive in their thinking and are in a constant state of learning. Why? Because I want to constantly elevate ideas and improve methodologies. These are some of the qualities needed to create a successful business.

In the political arena, in my opinion, this is the salient issue with Donald Trump.

It is very difficult to deal with a person who is not open to new ideas and ways of doing things and who is consumed by personal dogma.

The way I see it, it comes from a place of fear and uncertainty.

And all actions and decisions that come from this negative space are eventually doomed to failure. Usually these people have a compulsive need to be right. Unfortunately, most times they are dead right.

It is unfortunate, because this is a perfect time for a leader in America to be a genuine renegade, not take the status quo as presumptive, and break taboos that need to be broken.

However, this  type of individual viewpoint must be inclusive and not exclusive. This is the foundational idea behind “compromise”. And compromise is a respectful way to validate another’s point of view. As I have stated before, “Because it’s right for me, doesn’t automatically make it right for you” (Blog #2).

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

– Daniel Patrick Moynihan

New Year’s Blessings

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends who observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a year filled with abundance, complete restored health and fulfillment. As importantly, I also wish for myself and you a New Year filled with expansive thinking, spiritual courage and raised consciousness.