So I have just been watching the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. And I wanna be an Obamerican…
I don’t know about you but, whenever I hear him speak, he always manages to move me to tears. I am a bit of a sucker for skilful rhetoric… but it is also, for me, about all that he has come to symbolise. His story is such a powerful example that you can be whatever you want to be and achieve anything that you want to achieve when you understand how to use the amazing power of your mind.
And we need those stories, don’t we? They help us to keep believing, despite the nay-sayers and unhelpful suggestions floating around in the ether right now.
One line in particular from Obama’s speech has stayed with me. Speaking about the challenges that we face in the world right now, he said:
‘Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished.’
Isn’t this so true?
When you think about it, you didn’t wake up one morning to discover that along with the house prices, your ability to work hard and imagine a bright future for yourself had also begun to fall. You still have the same brain and the same special abilities that you had yesterday. You have the same skills, experience and knowledge; you have the same abilities to acquire new skills, experience and knowledge to meet challenges and seize opportunities. You have an abundance of resources to do all that needs to be done.