…or for the purists, Cristobal Colon.
(I never understood why English speakers call it Italy, or Spain, or Germany. It’s just as easy to say Italia or Espana or Deutschland, but that’s a rant for another time.)
ADVANCE NOTICE: This will probably offend a few of you. Believe me…I have nothing but love in my heart today. And if your assumptions are challenged or sensibilities are disturbed, I honestly and truly apologize…and at the same time I don’t give a crap.
It’s Columbus Day here in the United States.
It’s probably the most misunderstood and least popular national holiday, other than the fact that kids get off from school and many adults get a day off from work.
So let me shed some light on it.
Christopher Columbus was a hero.
Yes, because of him an entire civilization got upended. There was much bloodshed, misery, victimization of a significant part of the world, etc. Guilty as charged.
And if you want to pretend that kind of stuff wasn’t going on before Columbus set sail, feel free. We’re all entitled to our own delusions.
And if you want to pretend it isn’t happening today, rock and roll!
But back to the original point…Columbus was a hero.
Whatever else you want to think of the guy, he was perhaps the greatest entrepreneur in the history of civilization.
Think about what he did…
* He had an idea that completely went against the thinking of the time. “Round earth? Are you kidding me?”
* He was willing to flip around his entire life to prove his theory. Yeah, there was gold involved. There were other valuables too…spices, whatever else we learned in grade school, etc. So show me someone today who isn’t taking a chance with the expectation of getting paid..
* He sold his vision to a team. He got a whole bunch of guys to throw down with him, knowing there was all kinds of danger waiting. Talk about someone who could motivate!
* He attracted the top venture capitalists of the time to bankroll the enterprise. Columbus was Italian, but he got Ferdinand and Isabella to give him the ships, the supplies, the guys. He might have been the greatest salesman that ever lived.
* He took half of the world and got it working in his system. Yeah, there was slavery and pillaging involved. But that’s just the way they rolled in the 16th and 17th centuries. There was no Amnesty International to protest, and the Catholic Church wasn’t the organization that it is today.
* And don’t forget…he made the trip two more times after the 1492 gig. He was a hands on manager…know what I mean?
In other words,Christopher Columbus did what so many people strive to do today.
He took complete control of his destiny. He attracted the resources he needed for his vision, and he bent the world to his will.
Now that’s something worth celebrating.
And yes, there was suffering. There was murder. There was slavery.
In the context of the time, it was business as usual.
Newsflash…fifty years from now people are going to look back at the way we treat each other today and think we’re barbarians. In the rules of that future society, they will be right.
But we haven’t evolved to that place yet.
Do you think Columbus got up one day and said, “Hmmmmm…think I’ll destroy a race of people.”
Or was it more like, “Hmmmm….I know there’s something big and world changing to do, and I’m gonna get rich in the process. Let’s have an adventure!”
It was also 500 years ago. Societies have put themselves back together faster than that. They need their own heroes.
They need to make their own opportunities.
And they’ve gotta create partnerships with the rest of the world. Bring value. Expect value in return.
Think that doesn’t work?
The two biggest and richest casinos in North America are right here in Connecticut. They both sit on Indian reservations. A downtrodden people have their culture back.
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And, oh yeah…take a look at the skin color of the guy sitting in the Oval Office.
Stop blaming the “the man” for everything that’s gone wrong.
Get over it.
Don’t like what the government is doing? Go to meetings. Get elected.
Anonymous posts on news stories ain’t gonna do it.
Neither is whining on Facebook.
Better than that…create your own economy.
Make it part of your own reality.
Make it a good one.
Let people know what you’re doing.
Watch how they line up to be part of it.
It’s what Columbus did.
We’re humans. We strive. We grow.
We hurt others. And we learn from it.
If you aren’t striving for more, you’re serving someone who is.
And you don’t get to complain about that and expect things to change.
Columbus changed the world. For better…in the long run.
In a strange way, he loved you.
He wanted to leave a legacy for future generations. He wanted to open up the world.
And he did.
Open up YOUR own world.
Living The Adventure,