There’s money in outrage, but results come from taking action.
There are plenty of money making machines that do quite well agitating the populace. People without much conviction will always find ways to extract money from those with dogmatic views.
It’s not a “bad” business model, but one should never feel great making money off other people’s misfortunes.
That’s why wealth, and to a certainty extent power, are not particularly good metrics with which to measure leadership.
Effective leaders are not the ones moaning about the turn of events in the world. Lousy leaders do that as a way of fostering an “us” versus “them” mentality and creating a common enemy to consume resources.
The effective leader, by contrast, rolls up their sleeves, creates a team, and gets to work toward working for a brighter tomorrow. Their vision is forward leaning, optimistic, and fueled by results.
When faced with the choice between fuming at what is, and doing the work to help create what could be, always invest in the future.
Also published on Medium.