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Emmanuel Arriaga
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Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

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But don’t worry, I’m not going to launch into some hate filled retort against hate. No, that’s not how I work. Instead, I want to focus on where we’ve gone wrong as a society.

Regardless of your religion or creed, regardless of if you believe in a God or not, almost all of us were raised with an understanding of the differences between right and wrong. We were raised under the age old adage “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” We were taught history in schools — not out of some effort to bore us — but because those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

We’ve already been down this road, we learned as a society that xenophobia and racism are wrong. We learned that we have to treat women and people of color as equals in all things. We have to treat each other with the respect and care that is due to each one of us. And we have to not just do it, but we have to truly BELIEVE it. We have to fundamentally believe it at our core — believe in the truth that we are all equals. I can look out in the media and at the politicians and at the articles and at the hate speech and I can point to that and declare that we don’t fundamentally believe it as a society.
We don’t. And for a large many number of us, we don’t care. As long as it doesn’t directly impact us, we can remain neutral. We can remain silent.

I cannot remain silent. And neither should you.

Hate is hate is hate. Period.

We should not encourage hate, in any form. We should not accept hate, in any form. We should not allow for someone who spews hate, to ever speak for us as a people. Period. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve accomplished in life. If hate and fear is how you build your platform or how you decide to present yourself. If it’s what comes out of your mouth on a good day, then I don’t want you. I don’t want your message. I don’t want your influence in our society. And I don’t want you to ever represent me or anyone I love or care about. And I love and care about this country. I love and care about the people in this country, regardless of color, creed or gender. Regardless of sexual orientation or past mistakes. I love you and everyone like you. I even love the hate speakers, the misogynists and the racists. But you can never represent me, because you have chosen to hate that which is the core and fundamental premise of what defines this great country.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Declaration of Independence, 1776

I ask of everyone who reads this, of everyone who has a voice; Speak out against the hatred. It doesn’t matter what political party you are; this is a bridge, don’t jump off of it. Do something, please do something. It is not okay to be silent. It is not okay to turn a blind eye. It is not okay to not vote and not make a difference. Be the defining force that shows that hatred will never be acceptable in any way shape or form in this country. Free speech is not a justification for spreading hate and it’s not okay, ever.

Originally posted on my blog: http://www.emmanuelmarriaga.com/blog-1/2016/9/23/i-cannot-remain-silent
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Diversity of thought. This is something that is necessary in order for society to progress. Even in the corporate world, contrasting views of how things should be done help to develop better outcomes. The easy road is to agree, the right road is to challenge the norm. This is not something that people do lightly, especially when much is at stake. We find ourselves shying away from having the tough conversations or from disagreeing with those who are in positions of power. But that isn’t right. And I honestly think that great leaders don’t want us to hide our opinions.

I’ve frequently run into situations in my career where I’ve felt led to disagree with leaders on the course of things. It’s not something that I do lightly, but with great thought and care. The important thing is to show respect, even in disagreement. This is what leads to progress. But it is not easy. Expressing your opinion, especially on something that is important to you, is draining. I’ve gone home many a night mentally drained from a single meeting or conversation.

You reflect on that moment, wondering if you made the right decision. But time gives us perspective, and perspective gives us a deeper understanding of the world around us. All of this leads to experience, which breeds wisdom. Wisdom is something that is difficult to understand, but easy to recognize. Wisdom is in many cases what separates the thought leaders of the world from the rest. Wisdom is what tells us that it’s time to challenge the status quo and move an organization forward.

Sometimes I wonder if the battle is worth it, it’s easy to get beaten down by time. But change does not happen in a day. Change takes time. That is something that wisdom teaches. But change will not happen until there is diversity of thought. And sometimes… all it takes is a spark to ignite the fire. That fire then burns with an intensity that is unquenchable. That fire becomes the driving force for change, the catalyst for something greater.

In some organizations, the urge to fight the fire can become overpowering. But... fighting it only causes it to grow out of control. Instead, the fire should be nurtured, developed and grown into a powerful force for change. A controlled fire can accomplish seemingly impossible things. An out of control fire does nothing but destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to build.

Nurture your fires. Don’t fight them.

Originally posted on my blog: http://www.emmanuelmarriaga.com/blog-1/2016/7/6/diversity-of-thought

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