As I am writing this post, I realize it is not necessarily full of “holiday cheer” but I heard this on my morning run today and wanted to share it with the group. Click here for the Freakonomics Radio Podcast.

I am sharing it because one of the economists equates the movement during WWII when women entered the workforce en masse to the immigrant populations entering the workforce – and how their entrance only lifted the economy overall. (Actually, for those data dorks out there like me, the change was not statistically significant, meaning there was realistically no difference).

Another great tid bit of information is that of the current Forbes 500 companies, 40% were started and are run by immigrants or children of immigrants – yes, you read correctly – 40%!

Now we have a long, long, long way to go when it comes to women and immigrants and our workforce, professional spheres – but there is a lot of great information to use from this, especially during this election cycle. And a lot of interesting ways to ask questions to push and propel ourselves forward – AND share the abundance over scarcity mentality!

I truly believe in abundance, in the idea that because I have something it doesn’t mean you have to have less. Too many people live and breathe the scarcity mentality and worry about “grabbing and keeping” their own. Seems to me a lot of wasted talent and energy. 

I know that the threat of violence is very real – and has been to many people across the world. But shutting out a particular group of people is not the answer. Let me clarify that statement…it is a dumb answer but not the right one.

I have seen hundreds if not thousands of posts over the past week spreading Holiday Cheer – and I love that. But take a moment and think about what real cheer and spirit is about. It’s about:

  • Caring
  • Service
  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Support
  • Abundance!

This is all a long way of saying, we have seen all of this before in one way, shape or form. If we truly can learn from our mistakes, let’s take this amazing opportunity now to learn and act in a positive manner. Which relates to a recent post of mine – What is your Force? As my children have said, we all have a good (positive) force and a bad (grumpy) force. Do we really want to give into the bad, negative, dark forces or can we be grown-ups and do what makes sense not just for us as individuals but for our children, families, communities, etc.

This is deja vu all over again – let’s do this one right!