Did That Really Just Happen?

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Did That Really Just Happen?

I don’t typically like to talk politics, but how can I not after Tuesday?

Were you shocked with the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Race?  I certainly was!

While having a casual dinner with my cousin we barely noticed the electoral votes slowly trickling in.  I was certain that Hillary was going to win it based on the polls, but I noticed that Trump had picked up a couple of the swing states like FL.

Well, this is going to get interesting!” I exclaimed.

The President-Elect of the United States

We all know what happened a few hours later.  Hillary conceded to Trump when she realized she wouldn’t get the 270 electoral votes she needed.  History was made!

Want to know who I voted for?  Well, it doesn’t matter.  I will say that I’m not a big fan of either of them (for President that is), but I do respect each of them on different levels.

Respect (A Little Bit at Least!)

I respect Donald Trump for persevering and never letting anyone tell him what he could and couldn’t do.  He was an underdog every step of the way.  I don’t agree with some of his rhetoric for sure, but it’s refreshing to see someone walk so confidently in his own shoes.  I personally don’t believe he’ll be as extreme as he said he’ll be.  But, time will tell!

With Hillary, I personally believe she lost the campaign on trust.  She always knew the right things to say, but her body language was not always in line with her words.  I respect that she genuinely cares.  It’s unfortunate, however, that her armor (i.e. pant suits) left questions in my mind and many others.

Economic Impact

The markets are fickle, aren’t they?  At first, the DJ futures tanked 600 points when it calculated in Trump taking the White House.  Yet, when the markets closed today, we were up 256 points!  Go figure.

I think the lesson here is that it’s dangerous to assume you know what will happen.  Flexibility is an asset that can help you to manage inevitable change no matter where it comes from.

The Great Divide

What was even more fascinating to me was to see the huge divide in our country and the widespread emotion.

If you are super upset about the elections result, I say “Fantastic!

Use this deep-rooted emotion to drive the positive change you desire.

  • If you are fearful of hate, then love more!
  • If you are sad, then cheer someone else up!
  • If you are angry, then it’s time to forgive!

A President Will Not Make America Great

Remember.  A President will not make America great.  You will!

All too often it’s easier to see what’s wrong with the world, rather than what’s right.

I hear so many people complaining about what’s fair and not fair.  Don’t be a victim.

Life Isn’t Always Fair

Sometimes you get dealt a crap hand.  And other times you get super lucky.

The funny thing is it usually comes down to perspective.  What do you see?

As a 3rd generation Chinese American, I’m proud to be part of a unique political system that allows the people to speak freely and vote for their leader.  I still live in the greatest country on this Earth, in the finest city of America (San Diego!), and have my loved ones surrounding me.  What more could I ask for?

Honor Those Who Stand Up For You

With Veteran’s Day coming up tomorrow, I also want to share my deep gratitude and thanks to all the service men that uphold our nation’s ideals and freedoms.

Our service men and women make America great!  They continue to provide and have sacrificed so much over the years to give us the freedom to pursue happiness.  Let’s not squander it!

Our Global Friends & Family

To my friends that live outside of the US, never before have we all been connected on a global scale.  Your influence and drive make your own countries great and empowers us to think outside of ourselves.

Whether we like it or not, we are ALL connected.  To this I say, be kind to your fellow neighbor.

Readers, what are your thoughts on what has transpired in America?  Is it good, or bad?  Does it affect you directly and what will you do about it?



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20 Comments on “Did That Really Just Happen?”

  1. Thanks for the positive and upbeat message, Michael. I think it’s important to keep it all in context. The world isn’t ending. And the people spoke so everyone needs to respect that, even if it’s not what you wanted.

    1. Glad my message resonates well with you, GS! And, you’re right. The world isn’t ending. It’s just changing just like it always has for millions of years. The only ones that will be harmed the most are those unwilling to embrace change.

  2. The world changes in interesting ways, doesn’t it Michael?

    Most of the time we don’t really have control over the forces that change our lives. Sure, many people get emotional…spanning a whole variety of emotions. None of them are right or wrong, but most of that emotion accomplishes very little.

    Instead of getting emotional, I suggest adapting, and adapting fast. It’s a new world.

    1. Emotion can certainly help drive change, but as you mentioned, some emotion can easily be wasted without the proper perspective. I know, I used to be a major complainer! 😉

  3. We don’t always like our leader / boss. It can either be an excuse or an opportunity to step up and take charge ourselves.

    1. Agreed Brian! This happens all the time in the workplace. We fail to realize that we have a choice on where and who to work for. Ultimately the responsibility is ours.

      Besides, life is much easier when you’re able to control the aspects that are bugging you.

  4. I have to say that I was shocked by the results but think it will be an interesting four years for sure. I’ll definitely be cheering on Trump because if Trump does well then that probably means the country is doing well.

    Plus I can only control what I can control so no point in worrying in the meantime 🙂

    1. Yup, we can only control what we can control!

      I personally think Trump is more bark than bite. But, we’ll see. I do think he’ll dismantle a lot of Obama care.

      We are definitely in uncharted territory.

  5. I can’t believe it happened but I am personally glad because of my hopes for a more appropriately balanced supreme court. I often think to myself “Is Donald Trump a real person?” It is hard to believe someone like him actually exists. Its almost like he will get up for a speech one day and say, “guys I was totally kidding – I’m not REALLY like this!” And we’ll all have a big laugh. I think you are right that we need to think about how we can be the change that the country needs instead of pushing that responsibility on one person.

    1. I just saw an interview with him last night. He said that he “won’t quit which can be irritating for others”. Even he knows he’s annoying! Haha.

      Again, I don’t agree with a lot of his rhetoric, but I do admire his tenacity.

  6. It’s an interesting one Mike, honestly never expected it down under although it’s somewhat understandable and shows there’s a bit of work to be done to create more faith in the system not only in the US even globally i.e. with Brexit..

    Doesn’t affect us directly too much down under from a very basic understanding although I’m sure more will be revealed

    Cool post here though and hopefully all ends up nicely in the states for you guys :)!

  7. Hey Michael,
    You wrote about this subject with as much tact and respect as anyone is capable of.
    I’m not big into following politics, but I was definitely surprised with the outcome of the election. I really thought Trump would lose in a landslide. I’m not really sure how much of an impact, if any, it will have on Canada yet. The markets have been been volatile since the election, but that’s usually the case. I guess it will depend on how it all works out. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week 🙂

  8. My perspective on life changed once I read the headline that said Donald Trump became president. I didn’t think Trump would ever be able to pull off something like this, but he did it. Really looking forward to how he’s going to do in the next 4 years!

  9. Caught your site off the forum and have to say this is the first post on either side of the fence that didn’t p*** me off (about the political state anyways). Nicely stated…

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