Or #NewYorkValues if you prefer!
Disclaimer: This is NOT an endorsement or criticism of any candidate, party or ideology.
I grew up in New York. I’ve logged thousands of hours on trains, seen great shows, walked across bridges, felt unsafe at night, had my wallet stolen, had just about every New York experience you can think of.
I know the good, bad and ugly of New York. My daughter is living and working there now!
As far as I’m concerned, the Number One “New York Value” is willingness to take risks and play big.
Say what you want, but it’s no accident that New York is the cultural and financial capital of the western world. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, which is totally fine.
But without “New York values,” all the great stuff that gets made doesn’t get financed, marketed and distributed.
And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with California values, Florida values, Mississippi values, Nebraska values or Oklahoma values. We were in Louisiana last month, which is pretty far away from New York in most respects. It felt like home.
New York values can be largely liberal. Arizona values can be largely conservative.
We need both. They’re a counterbalance to excess on either side.
As if things were simple enough to divide them into “liberal” and “conservative.”
That’s politics. And that’s relationships. And that’s business.
Demonizing anyone’s values that have worked for them is the classic cutting off your nose to spite your face.
There’s something good everywhere. Rather than instill fear and mistrust by putting down “the other,” we’re going to do much better putting our best foot forward and finding something great in everywhere and everyone.
Figure out what your values are.
And live them.