During a Dallas conference, American business magnate Russell Simmons was asked by an audience member to help him fight against white supremacy, blaming society’s failure to acknowledge this problem for his own lack of entrepreneurial success. Russell Simmons attempted to gently lead him back to a kinder approach.
The encounter reminded me that whatever I am mad about will not get resolved by attacking, but by partnering. We can’t rationally expect anyone to get excited about our agenda until we are excited about theirs.
We might have a case and a just cause. However, no one really cares unless they perceive us to be on their side. We only learn from people we like.
If we want war, we’ll get it. There might be a better way.
“I won’t make a deal that’s only favorable to me.” -Russell Simmons