I was talking with a homeless friend of mine this past week.
He said, "I know you don't like Trump. But Trump is the best thing to ever happen to you."
Look at this gun sales chart:
The best thing that can happen to the gun industry is a Democratic president.
These trends are very reliable.
Newton's Third Law applies very well in politics in America:
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.
This is where all that "American Freedom" comes in that we hear people talking about.
We are free to protest, speak out and act.
There are many people who understand this and are already leveraging it.
Michael Moore was waiting in the wings on election night:
In December he was protesting outside Trump Tower:
He was at the Women's March:
You will see all your old liberal friends continue to come out. And, more importantly, you are going to get new liberal friends coming on the scene.
A big guy on the scene right now is Brandon Chrostowski, founder and CEO of Edwins. Edwins is the French restaurant in Cleveland that trains felons in his fine dining facility.
The mission of Edwins is "to instill leadership skills in formerly incarcerated men and women through an education in culinary arts; providing our community with tomorrow's leaders."
The official name of Edwins is: EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. It's a 501(c)(3) that has recently gained massive national attention. He's been running since 2013. But it's no surprise that it's exploding nationally right now.
Here is some recent media:
Steve Harvey Show (ABC): http://www.steveharveytv.com/harveys-hero-brandon/
Reddit Front Page Conversation: https://www.reddit.com/r/UpliftingNews/comments/5n5exz/cleveland_finedining_restaurant_that_hires_excons/
Support EDWINS: http://edwinsrestaurant.org/press/
Undoubtedly, his restaurant is getting crushed right now with reservations. But he knows not to stop. He has to go with the momentum.
On top of all the attention he is getting now Edwins restaurant CEO Brandon Chrostowski announces Cleveland mayoral bid. He's going to run for mayor of Cleveland.
"I'm not looking at approaching this like a politician. I'm approaching it like a businessman and someone who cares."
It doesn't matter if he wins or looses. This will continue to create a platform for his cause. He plans on expanding his felon rehabilitation program. However, I believe his chances are really good for winning. We are in a really interesting outsider, populist era of politics that will benefit newcomers like Brandon.
My point is simply this: If you have a "liberal" idea or if you want to get more involved in helping "liberal" causes NOW IS THE TIME.
All you have to do is look at who is being attacked and get involved in those areas:
There will be more areas that come up as we go along.
You will find a sympathetic audience for any of these causes.
The number one thing people tell me is: "I want to help but I don't know what to do."
I'm going to list a few things that might inspire you:
Here is the controversial part of the article: Only do what is fun and what you enjoy. You will find that you get A LOT out of helping people. It's OK to be selfish about your giving. If you don't enjoy it, don't do it. Look for something else you enjoy.
For example, I enjoy working with the homeless. I am fascinated by why they are homeless, how they live, what they do with their time. I'm just really into it. I also happen to really like homeless people. They remind me of me. I love their independence and freedom.
This "enjoyment" keeps me coming back. I want to do it because I enjoy it. It just happens that they are people that need help. So my interest and their needs line up. It's almost just a coincidence.
I think some people believe they should be only thinking altruistic, Godly thoughts as they help people. If you are capable of thinking that way then great. Think that way. But altruism is a very high level of thinking and living. Most people simply aren't at the altruistic level of thinking.
And Business People: There is A LOT of money in non-profits. Sure. They run different than a for-profit organization. But if you are into entrepreneurship and growing organizations you will likely not find a more well received organization than a non-profit. Brandon Chrostowski raised $1 million to rehab several buildings to house the people he is training.
Be selfish in your giving. Let yourself feel proud and full of joy as you give. The outcome will be the same and is all that matters.
Any emotion you have is totally natural and totally fine.
In fact, once you get into giving you will likely find that it is much more rewarding and fulfilling than any pursuit of money and things you have previously been driven towards.
Let yourself give. I truly believe it's what all of our humanity, technology and evolution has been geared towards.
(Here's my spiritual, "crazy" thought: Giving and love and kindness is our natural path. It's where we are headed. I also happen to believe it is necessary for a greater universal cause that we don't yet know about. We are being groomed for a great need. But please don't judge me on my spiritual thoughts.)
Now is your time. If you have ever thought about wanting to be part of something bigger than you there may never be a better time in your life than right now to do it. It likely will never be easier and more well received.
And thank you.