Do You Have To Play Politics To Have Power?

In the new book we’ve just started Tom Peter’s makes this statement:

“If you do not LOVE politics…  then you will accomplish damn little.  Politics, after all, is the “messy process of getting stuff done”.
 When you think of politics do you think it’s messy?

Do you think you have to love politics?

Do you think that you can’t get a lot of things accomplished in life without politics?

Do you really think politics are that important?

Well, Tom does.

Since we are talking about Tom’s statement in this post let’s focus on what Tom believes, then you can see if you’re on Tom’s side of this mindset or maybe you’re on the other side.

What does the word Politics actually mean?

According to the dictionary Politics means:

The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

So it looks like from this description that Politics and Power go hand in hand.

That might be why we are on this topic… After all our study this year is on Power so it seems only fitting we would read a book about how Power and Politics play together.

With that being said let’s get back to Tom’s quote above.

When you think of politics do you think it’s messy? 

We think for the people who play the game all of the time and for the people at the top rungs of politics there probably is a system or some kind of plan they follow to wield the power they have achieved.

But for the rest of us, politics is usually a very messy and not so pretty thing.

Sometimes we make some good political moves and we feel like we are running the world. Other times we have a misstep or make a mistake and we know in an instant that we aren’t really running anything accepts for our mouths.

Politics are messy and they are not for the faint of heart.

Ask any politician or anyone who has ever played in the political space it's warfare 24/7/365.  There are not breaks, there are no time outs, it's your A game always.

Do you think you have to love politics?  

Let’s be serious here for a minute do you personally know anyone who “loves” politics?

If you do please list their name below this post as we might need to ask them some political questions along the way.

But to be completely honest with you we don’t know anyone who truly “loves” politics.

It would take a very special person to truly love and want to live full time in a life of politics.

Are you that type of person?

According to Tom’s quote if you’re not that type of person you might not be able to achieve or get too much done in life.

So I think it’s safe for us to say that politics is very important to Tom and the people he’s giving that quote too.

Do you think that you can’t get a lot of things accomplished in life without politics? 

We're not sure how we feel about this question.

On one hand we think that sometimes money can make things happen. As long as you have enough money there are usually people who are willing to do just about anything.

But we also understand that eventually money will run out no matter how rich you are there is always a limit to money.

As Frank Underwood said once:

"Such a waste of talent...
He chose money over power, in this town a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years, power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I can not respect someone who does not see the difference."

It seems that a lot of people think money is the answer to all of their problems.

I guess Tom and Frank disagree with that philosophy.

So that brings us to our final question.

Do you really think politics are that important? 

If you look at everything that Tom and Frank have said so far then we think they have both made a pretty good case as to how important politics can be in our lives.

So we leave you this time with this thought...

If politics and power are one in same or they depend on each other then we have to conclude that if you want Power in life, your going to have to learn to play the game of Politics.

Thankfully that's what book we are reading now is all about.

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