Kumbaya Capitalism

A good friend of mine calls my posts “Kumbaya Capitalism”. He says I write what everyone wants to believe: be nice to people and you’ll make more money.

To him, Kumbaya is shorthand for sitting around a campfire together, singing songs, holding hands, and rocking back a forth. A friendship circle!

Here’s my question for you… should I embrace this phrase or not?

“Be nice to people and you’ll make more money” is exactly what I believe, regardless of whether you’re a professional or a company. You’ll also have a vastly better life in ways that have little to do with money.

But I use “nice” in a substantive manner. Don’t just be friendly; be there for others, especially in challenging times.

You would think that everyone understands this already, but competitive forces weigh on all of us, and it’s painfully easy to become obsessed with winning the race instead of building substantive and lasting relationships.

What do you think? Is it time to break out in song?

 

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2 Responses to Kumbaya Capitalism

  1. Betty Romaguera San Pedro on August 24, 2017 at 3:34 am says:

    I have to agree with both sides.

    Yes Kumbaya can be rainbows and unicorns for some.

    Yes Kumbaya as far as “being nice can get you money” is also true.

    The interesting part of this is how to feel a true and meaningful Kumbaya moment?

    Life has come so incredibly complicated (economy, politics, family demands, professional demands) that sometimes we are so “in” the moment that we can’t see the rainbow and unicorns.

    I believe “being” nice will not only make you money but will also feel as if you are serving a purpose. However, how do you deal when your “being” nice is taken over by others as “acting” to be nice. Unfortunately the millenniums take advantage of “being” nice and you just end up feeling used.

    How can you avoid the true and honest part of “being” nice and the ones that are “acting” nice just to get what they need from you? Once you get used for being nice on a continuous basis you get burnt out.

    What’s your take on this?

  2. Handan on August 25, 2017 at 12:22 am says:

    Thank you for the free book! I appreciate that you share with us free. I prefer building lasting relationships instead of winning the race.

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