New World Order
by Randy Gage
Last night I had dinner in Red Square – at a sidewalk café directly across from Lenin’s tomb. It was a perfect summer night and the view of the Kremlin and that iconic Greek Orthodox church made for a sublime experience.
Growing up in the Cold War as I did, with all the talk of evil empires, the Iron Curtain, and mutually assured destruction, it still gives me goose bumps just walking through the square.
I’ve just spent two days presenting to people from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. This must be my 25th or so trip to the region and here’s what I can tell you about the people here:
They’re just like you and me. Yes the language sounds rough, and they’re a hardy people used to long winters and difficult circumstances, but at their core, they’re just like everyone else…
They dream of a better future, want to provide for their children, and are excited by the promise of free enterprise. If anything, you’d have to say they’re even more motivated than many in the West. In fact, that’s a topic I explore in my new book.
Countries like Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Latvia (where I was two days ago), and Lithuania are all in a similar situation. Citizens of nations in countries where free enterprise was forbidden or held back by Socialist or Communist rule for decades are now unleashing the pent-up demand for success they’ve had for decades. The level of passion, intensity, and urgency with which they attack opportunities is simply amazing to witness.
Books – and the authors who write them – are revered in these places, and seminars are considered life-changing experiences. People in some of these countries are so eager to get a photo or have a book signed that I need six bodyguards to get me out the backstage door and into the car safely.
The hunger they demonstrate is simply not apparent in most Western countries today. Offer a success seminar in London and you’ll likely hear, “Too bad it’s near Heathrow. Just can’t fight that traffic. Let me know if you do one close to Gatwick.” People in Miami think the 20 miles to Fort Lauderdale is too far to drive; people in Manhattan don’t go to Queens, and Brooklynites won’t take the ferry to Staten Island.
Now don’t get me wrong: I’m blessed to have a lot of people who follow my work in the West, and they’re very passionate about success and willing to do what’s required for it. But if you take populations as a whole – those in Western countries versus former Soviet Bloc countries – you see a big ambition gap.
And it’s widening…
The former Soviet Bloc countries (not to mention Asia) are embracing free enterprise with zeal, while the West is getting lazy. Too many people in the West take for granted the opportunities that free markets offer.
Are we headed for a new world order? Maybe. What do you think?
Yes...we're headed for a new world order. But it's cyclical...or like a pendulum. The balance of ownership is shifting. Best example I can give is when I was walking through Times Square a few weeks ago, something I've done thousands of times before, though not in the last year or so. There was a whole electronic billboard broadcasting financial and world news...in Mandarin. Never saw that before...and I'm sure it won't be the last time!
Eastern countries and economies will take market share, and a new reality will emerge. Now...who in the west wants to find their ambition and play in the new cultural and economic reality to come?
As always...very thoughtful stuff Randy...thanks!
Hi Randy, you're right. Sometimes i think here in the west part of the european union we offer to much chances. The choice to wait for the next one keep them safe. There are in no need to do something different. But i found a few great people and started some new ways of making business. To get them we dreamers and visionary thinkers have to open up a new ocean in the old one. Sometimes it's easier to keep it that simple. See you in Mannheim and would be great to talk to you.
People in these countries see things and appreciate them differently because they didn't have it as easy as people in the West. They didn't have as many options available either. Solutions weren't presented with a light speed. For a lot of them this is a great life changing opportunity and maybe the only opportunity.
I m Latvian and a few years ago I used to work in some big hotels. Almost all of the clients were from the west. I always wondered- were did they all got so much money and time to constantly travel around the world. Some of the clients used to stay many times on they vacations. In Latvia we don't have that much vacations in any work. Maybe President have- I don't know. But the thing is- all of our nation is raised with the thought, that we have to work as hard as we can. Nobody likes, or respect you here, If you are lazy- seriously! But the problem is our limited beliefs of life. Once one German client said to me- "we have vacation 2 month in summer and one month in winter, and still many people in our country demand to have more. Nobody wants to work there". I couldn't understand- how is that possible? How can they earn so much money, if they don't work, and if they have so much vacations? And the answer was- we work for the rich countries! It is us- Latvians, people from Slovakia, from Ukraine and some others- people from soviet union. Many of us are very, very hard working nations- I know Latvians for sure! But the thing is that- we believe, that life is hard and that we have to earn good life, by very hard work, people from west, I guess think very different. We go abroad to earn money in rich countries.We are strong willed and ambitious, very, very smart and strong in spirit, but there is only one problem- we have slave consciousness. I m 22 years old, but in what I believe is that- when the older generation- with their old belief system- gets off the top, my generation will be the one who could make our country one of the strongest and richest in Europe. Hey, Randy- can you give me an Amen! :D It was nice to realize that you notice that.
I guess those who were held back for ages and were looking on us and our productivity in the West can´t wait to get out and run their own businesses. They will show us new trends and new biz ideas while yes, our Western folks aren´t hungry anymore. We had successes and divided society as well but we made it. The Eastern race just started!
Your new book will be very interesting! Any launch date yet? Maybe tell in another BLOG-post....
Russians are amazing. I remember when I was 18, I was at one big seminar in Hungary. One of leaders went on stage, and sait that he just wants to say hallo and thank to people (~400, yes 400) who traveled 7 days in one direction, "just" to be 5-6 hours at that seminar. After seminar 7 days in other direction.
Simply amazing people. That is when I said: "If this people traveled 14 days, because of MLM seminar, then that must be something great to be part of."
Very true Randy. I also had a discussion with a friend on this subject. For people like us in the west are things to easy. The people over there have a really bad life so to say. They would do anything to get a better life, while we have it actually good so to speak. And that's maby the real struggle for people like us ? So both sides have things not easy maby ... Just my thougt here
I also grew up in the "cold war" era in the U.S., and often think how ironic it is that what we feared back then is in many instances our reality now. For example: I remember as a teenager reading in the Reader's Digest about how AWFUL it was in Russia, where children as young as 3 were spending their days in day-care centers, instead of being at home with their own mamas. Their own mamas had to work! Horrible horrible!
Are don't-haves more ambitious than do-haves? Of course people in less salubrious conditions want to better themselves, and equally of-course, people who are pretty comfy are less ambitious. Has nothing to do with eastness or westness, except for the accident that here in North America, our ambitious immigrant forbearers made good...and we are comfortable. It's not a new world-order; it the same old order, the same old game, with a different set of players.
A new world order? Has it already happened? Maybe. I think Americans have lots to do. However, I don't think what you sell has as much meaning here. By that, I mean your politics. The thing is, here in America we understand the trials of Capitalism. In the former Eastern block countries they understand the trials of communism and totalitarian rule, but maybe not yet, the downfall of the kind of capitalism you preach.
If we here are lacking ambition, it is partly because of Capitalism. We are not free, we do not have equal opportunity for all. It is difficult to enjoy the pursuit of happiness if the way is not clear for everyone. It can be. But, it isn't right now. We are still a country suffering from outdated social policy. We don't need pure capitalism here, it won't work. That is what you are selling Randy, and it won't work there either. They just don't know it yet. WE DO.
Pure capitalism doesn't work, pure communism doesn't work. I really believe Capitalism must be infused with social policy that gives dignity and opportunity to all. We don't have that. Our socialist programs for the most part are demoralizing and not in any way a viable means to move ahead in life. We have problems here no one really wants to address in a realistic and honest manner. They are not doing it there either.
How many times have we heard in America, "You Can Do IT!". Why would those who are impoverished and prejudiced against pay to hear that? I am not saying that it doesn't help. I am not saying that their victim attitude helps them out. I am not saying that you don't make some good points. But Really? I mean really? Is what you say the complete and entire answer to financial freedom for these weary folks? NO! They need someone to listen, not tell them what to do.
What if we really had a conversation with minorities and the underprivileged, what would they tell us. Would they say hearing a millionaire espouse "prosperity is infinite." help them? Most likely no, but I am sure they would agree with you on many points. Would they say remove the welfare system? Maybe, but I bet what they would really want is some respect, someone to ask them what would really make a difference to them. Who will listen? When will we stop enjoying the bliss of ignorance? People are not equal here, they are not equal anywhere. What makes us equal is our humanity and the ability to respect that within each person.
We now have a president who wants to try a new way of doing healthcare. Is it the best way? I don't know? We will only know if we try, but right now what we have isn't working. So let's try something new. I think everyone should stand behind this initiative, and I believe everyone would if the politicians would stop fighting. Respect is missing here.
So, I say let Respect be the new world order. I will start with me. :)
PS It is good for people to hear your inspirational messages. And you give them in a really beautiful way. Your social policy and other political ideas however are not viable in America. I don't really think they are viable anywhere.
@Annieb Where we end matters far more than where we began; that is something I have had the fortune to hear from several people.2/3 of the wealthy were not born into it, and having known people born into privilege, some of them do not often do very much with what they are given.Everyone has at least one good business, one good book, one good song in them, but few have the courage to follow it through.I only have one life, and while it's probably something the general public would tell me is insane, I choose to believe in the gravity of not only my own dreams, but the dreams of others as well.I was not born into privilege, I'm gay, which is a minority fighting for legal rights, did not attend a prestigious university, had abusive parents, experimented with drugs, and have lost nearly everything.Do you think JK Rowling, who lived on welfare after losing her middle class job and was rejected by several publishers was privileged when she wrote Harry Potter? Yes, there was a chance that she could have failed, but she pushed on anyway, so have many others. If she hadn't, the world would not have such wonderful stories, and who knows what would have become of her.
That's what the winners in life do. They may lose some of the time, but they have the courage to get up again, even though it may be painful, uncertain or difficult to do so.Half the time I don't know what's going to happen, I get scared, and sometimes even paralyzed. We're all going to die anyway, so what would you rather do: give yourself a chance or surrender to fate?Being wealthy also has no guarantees either. Fortunes are lost, but some people know how to build again and come even stronger.Yes, there is a good chance that I could fail as a musician, and in other endeavors, and I have had my share of difficulties, but I refuse to go to my deathbed not doing a damn thing because I wasn't born rich, and I also refuse to go into middle age gently (30 now) and be defined by my failures.I consider it a sin now to surrender to adversity. There is no doubt that there is a need for genuine compassion and understanding in this world, but we will not solve anything if we group people into categories instead of talking to people as people.I am proud to say that I am most certainly not equal. I am not equal to you, or to Randy or to Bill Gates. We each have different strengths and weaknesses. I won't be playing football for the New York Jets any time soon, won't be giving speeches on prosperity, or writing an operating system; but that is not where my talents lie or my calling.
@ThomasMrak Thomas, I am not saying that there is no way to achieve your dreams, or that not everyone has a some gift to offer. It is actually the opposite. I believe everyone is a gift and has a gift. But, we have gifts differing.
What I truly think is that social policy can be created to give everyone more opportunities. I really don't think that everyone has equal opportunity. That does not mean I am unaware that some people break all odds against them, and succeed anyway.
I am an advocate of social justice. Social justice means respecting everyone and allowing all to live as they choose. Some people want things other than wealth, and the responsibility that goes along with that life. And we need people who want to work jobs that are not all about wealth, prosperity and fame. But, if we want a happy healthy country, people must be well fed, well educated and treated with dignity.
I read all the Harry Potter books, and I would suggest that JK Rowlings is probably more aligned with my political ideals. I doubt she would think everyone should be left on their own, to only be healthy and educated if they write a series of books as she did. On the contrary, "Harry Potter" was an analogy for social justice. Social Justice does not happen when we decide every person for his or her self. It happens when we respect all people,and those who can provide, care for those who may have more difficulty. The way to do that is through consensus and democracy and voting for policies that will insure people's right to health, prosperity, and happiness.
Well, it's definitely a new world something! The drive, the pursuit, the yearning for more without an entitlement belief seems to be an isolated incident these days . . .
cha cha cha changes...
Seems like it's all cyclical. We, as a society, aren't appreciating free market opportunities and liberties because we don't really have the contrast offering the perspective. Abundance of opportunity has been such a part of our experience our whole lives so it's become too easy to not only take it for granted but even become skeptical about opportunity. The whole thing is very interesting to observe.
Look at Hong Kong! It's a free oasis in a Communist country. Sadly, it is easier for independent people or groups to succeed in Hong Kong than it is here in the US.The press reports the divide between the rich and the poor being the worst since the Great Depression, but I don't think it's because some people are rich. People have become complacent and the government has gained too much power.It's one thing to stop someone from hurting another human being, but it's another to punish or prevent success and happiness.
Hell yes we are Randy the great! We have the patriot act, homeland security, T.S.A. grabbing on us @ the airports, creating us to submit an to comply to these fascism ways. All for what over a freakin lie, it's the old clue-shay of Problem, reaction, solution. 911 inside job! they create it, we give them our reaction, ( O my God!) an they give us the solution, to go attack another country an kill well over a million, an control the poppy fields, people better wake up the the tyranny in this country... Food for thought- peace to you Randy the great!
@Yes,100% agree, the initiative passes to the East, it is not surprising, since the Renaissance initiative belonged to the West.