For Small Business, Does the Election Matter?

Yesterday’s election results dominated the news.

Whatever your politics, as citizens the results are of course  important.

But as small business people, perhaps not so much.

Because they have better fish to fry.

Like doing what only we can do: starting, leading, and growing great companies.

I will take it a step further and suggest that the worse government dysfunction gets…

…the more that small business people should stay away.

Even to me, this feels unpatriotic.

I was raised and educated with a reverence for the country’s founders and for Lincoln’s beautiful words of government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

But this isn’t 1776 or 1863 anymore.

Our modern day government is gargantuan, bureaucratic, and dominated more by celebrity and melodrama than by character, intellect, and mature debate.

And for better or for worse its most important driver is…money.

So if we are so inclined to make our government better, most likely the best way for us as businesspeople to do so is through achieving private sector success so as to have the substantial means to donate, distribute and contribute to the political causes of choice.

Which makes focusing on business, and nothing but business, really a double and maybe even a triple win.

It is a societal win, because above all else our modern way of life and prosperity requires talented business leaders to build enduringly profitable companies.

Which, so importantly, only they can do.

It is an individual win, as with business success meaningful political influence can yes…be bought.

And it is an existential win, as winning at business is just such a good thing.

As it requires bringing beautiful products and services to the world.

And taking great care of our customers, employees, partners, and shareholders.

Doesn’t that sound a whole lot better than the political blather and mumbo-jumbo we’re hearing today?

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