Did You Go Out And Vote?

Did you go out and vote?This week Tuesday was Election Day in the USA and today (Friday) is Veteran’s Day. How fitting. I do not take for granted my right to vote. On Tuesday, without knowing who would be the winner in each race on my ballot in Connecticut I voted.

It is a duty to vote.

It is part of our freedom, a freedom no one should ever take for granted. The act of voting is a tribute to all of those who have fought and continue to protect our freedom and our continued ability to cast our votes.

“…if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled people in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent people will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy people; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.” -Noah Webster ( edited slightly utilizing ‘people’ vs. ‘men’ )

Consider those who serve to protect each of us to preserve our freedom. Every four years their Commander In Chief is up for re-election. The person who ultimately leads them. Each election period they are permitted to cast their vote – AND – no matter who wins the election – this person is their Commander In Chief for the next four years – PERIOD.

The astounding fact is – and remember during a Presidential Election there is a higher turnout of voters than in other election years – approximately 50 to 55% of the voting eligible population goes out and votes! This translates to approximately 45 to 50% who do not vote!

Consider Veteran’s Day folks – a day to remember and thank all who have served and continue to serve. Yes, thank each of them for their service. Say a prayer for those in areas of danger and for all of their families. Think about the fact that none of the people who have chosen to serve are for war – they are for freedom and everything that comes with securing our freedom.

The right to speak your mind may be the one which we hear about the most. How did going out to vote become minimized? If there is one thing each person is able to do it is to work together to make going out to vote as important to everyone as our freedom of speech.

This is the way we are able to vote for leaders who will point our nation in the right direction. We hope to elect leaders who will make the right choice in everything that is placed in front of them. We seek to vote for leaders who have high integrity and character.

We want to have leaders who will respect and uphold the Constitution and everything it represents which the founding fathers fought bravely to craft and pass on to all of us. Understand the choices on your ballot in your geographical region and go out and vote.

This great opportunity is typically a one time of year activity. It is our duty to vote.

Mitch Tublin runs a specialized consulting company where coaching, training and speaking services are available for companies and individuals.

Listen to Mitch’s recent radio interview by Doug Llewelyn from The People’s Court 


Celebrate Independence!

flag2014The annual celebration in the USA of Independence Day is here!

For the majority of people this is all about being around friends and family. Then it is about eating, drinking, fireworks displays, parades and in an order which fluctuates and repeats itself as the celebration typically continues for a few days when a weekend is nearby to the actual date of JulyFourth, as it is this year.

Teachers and schools are out for the summer break all over the USA therefore the historical aspects of the July Fourth celebration are left to others to pass on to their children as they see fit.

This is not going to be an article about history or the importance of understanding why celebrating July Fourth in the USA is taking place each year. A plug here for Philadelphia…If you have never visited Philadelphia do plan a visit especially around this time of year.  The home of the roots of the USA and the birthplace of the Cheese-steak sandwich. Not for anyone eating a healthy diet, but a great excuse for a mulligan.

Rather it is to ask you about Independence – true Independence – what it means to you?

All over the world and for each individual person the concept of Independence takes on it’s own meaning. In many countries there is a ruling group and there is no concept of Independence. A discussion of the subject with them would be similar to a discussion about the creatures who arrived on a space ship from another galaxy and landed in Omaha, NE the other day to attend the Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway.

There are individuals who feel under the thumb of their spouse. Independence to these individuals would be to become free of this situation they feel trapped in.

Certain business owners feel true Independence would be to able to earn more money in order to grow and pay off debt.

People who have a job which they despise feel true Independence would be to either obtain a job they loved or to start their own business. This would be true Independence for them.

For me true Independence is defined by owning and running my own business. Where my mission is to add value to others and to their businesses by creating leaders who know what it takes to lead and to communicate authentically. My own business. Just the sound of these words spoken aloud ring true Independence for me.

How about you?  What would true Independence be for you?

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.