Watch the People around You Who Succeed

By | October 13, 2022

[October 13, 2022]  If you pay attention and watch the people around you who succeed and thrive, they all have something in common.  They act as if everyone matters.  That is the basis of a well-functioning society.  This means that the idea that every person matters is a central truth, and interestingly, this is a core theme in religion, especially the Judeo-Christian ethic.

A long-held miraculous Western notion is that the individual is sovereign and that we all have dignity, standing, and worth.  This is why we believe freedom is so important.  This idea, some argue, and I think successfully argue, is why the West was the first to reject and fight slavery.

We might argue this idea of the sovereign individual originates from a democratic government, and that makes sense because slavery was initially abolished only in democratic societies.  But that would be incorrect.  The rejection of slavery came about and was sustained only in Judeo-Christian societies; the form of government was not the main effort.

The modern Progressive Left’s rejection of Judeo-Christianity and its essential tenets of the individual’s faith should give pause for those who are most on board with individual human rights.  It is difficult to understand the philosophy of Progressive ideology fully because there is such a distortion in that belief system.

Dr. Jordan Peterson addresses this question during his lectures.  He says that it makes sense and there is some utility for Progressives to say that inequality is bad.  We see this most manifest in the Progressive political movement.  Human societies, like in all animal social orders, produce inequality as they go about their business.  And he notes that inequality is painful, and no one likes it.  No rich person sits back and says, “I love poverty.”  No one is for poverty.

But the Progressives successfully appeal to thoughtless compassion because it is a positive moral virtue.  And you don’t need to be intellectually sophisticated to argue that inequality is bad.  The argument that telling the truth and adopting responsibility lifts people up is a more difficult and cold calculation and hard to make a case for.  Truth and responsibility are a harder position to sale to people.  History appears to bear this out.

The twentieth-century attempts to create an equal outcome for everyone resulted in the death of at least 100 million.  And that does not count the gulags and political prisons.  The experiment for equality was carried out this last century, and the answer is there for the taking.

Our lesson from history is that we should watch those around us who succeed.  That is how we can learn to also succeed.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

24 thoughts on “Watch the People around You Who Succeed

  1. American Girl

    Yes, be very very careful who you watch so be sure they are successful ‘in an acceptable way’ otherwise you will learn bad ways of success.

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    1. Purse 5

      Got that right, Am. girl. I’m with you. Hey, has anyone heard from Gen. Satterfield about when his new book is coming out?

      Reply
  2. Plato

    Excellent article. Gen. Satterfield, you deserve some thanks because you are actually helping people.

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      1. mainer

        Yep, and that is of course why I’m such a big fan of Gen. Satterfield and his authentic website about leadership and how to be a better person. Everyone should have such resources. Mucho gracias! I think I got that right.

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  3. DocJeff

    You would have thought this common sense, but given the stupidity of the average modern man, I’m inclined to think we should do a better job of highlighting the fact you can actually learn from others. Gee, imagine that.

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  4. Pink Cloud

    Just pay attention to what is going on around you and look for those folks who you see are being admired. This always means doing good for all peoples, not for a select tribe of people like the LGBTQ+ community that trashes America and everyone who is successful. Politicians pander to them. Oh, pandering does not work, never does, never will. You get temp relief then wham, they bury you.

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  5. HAL2001

    More articles like this one are needed and more folks need to read them.

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  6. Rev. Michael Cain

    You can take Gen. Satterfield at his word that the Progressive Movement (and its associated ideology is corrupt to its core and is dehumanizing in every aspect). Don’t fall for it. If you are a leftist, I will pray for your soul becuase it is lost.

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    1. Lady Hawk

      Progressives need all the help they can get because they are always haters and resentful for everything good that happens. Pity them for their gross ignorance.

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      1. Yusaf from Texas

        They can wallow in their own excrement as for as I’m concerned.

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        1. Randy Goodman

          You would be surprised how much the Progressive religion has taken ahold of folks. There is nothing they cannot do “with their minds.” Ha ha ha ahhhh

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  7. Frank Graham

    Love this website. I wish only that there we more articles per day.

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  8. Dead Pool Guy

    POW! The twentieth-century attempts to create an equal outcome for everyone resulted in the death of at least 100 million. And that does not count the gulags and political prisons. The experiment for equality was carried out this last century, and the answer is there for the taking. – Gen. Satterfield knows what he is talking about.

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    1. Purse 5

      Gen. Satterfield has nailed it. Oh BTW, I also got a copy of his book “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” and am loving every page. A story after story. Like so many in America, I was misled on what happened in Iraq. Now, I got a glimpse of the truth. The truth hurts the drive by media.

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    2. New Girl #1

      Exactly why I keep coming back to this great leadership website.

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  9. rjsmithers

    Well said, Gen. Satterfield. I always succeeded because I knew what to do by observing others who succeed. Common sense? No in this crazy world.

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      1. Wendy Holmes

        Nope, common sense is only for some folks. The rest have no clue.

        Reply

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