Change: deal with it

Julian Agostini

Julian Agostini

Mash Media MD Julian Agostini asks whether president-elect Donald Trump is the real deal event upsetter-disrupter

First Leicester City winning the Premier League, then Brexit and now this… Let’s not ignore the beautiful, overused pun: Donald arrives to Trump them all.

The three results mentioned above all have one thing in common; neither the average person nor the professional opinion polls believed that they could happen. Some very intelligent, powerful people have made a plethora of grandiose statements. They said that none of the above would ever happen and the public nods along in agreement.

Yet here we are, and my question is when will we ever learn?

We don’t know how anything is going to pan out, but so what? That’s what makes it all exciting; it makes life interesting. Dreams can become reality if you truly believe.

The ‘naysayers’ are all flakes that just get in the way of the real doers in life. Who cares about them? They are easy to brush aside once you have momentum in your heart. They are the dull people who don’t want anything to change. They may be full of ‘marketing speak’ about the disruptors, the innovators etc. but it’s all bullsh*t.

Leicester, Brexit, and Trump: that’s complete disruption and the real people embrace it.

I’m not a political animal – mainly because I don’t really care enough about the outcome. A political party has never dramatically affected my life. Maybe there will be few more rocks in the road but there would be regardless of who’s ‘in charge’, so what’s the difference?

This may seem flippant, but Trump has, whatever your thoughts on his policies, brought one potentially great thing back into our lives: real opinions. However controversial and abhorrent some of his statements might have been to the ‘ordinary folk’, he has been voted in.

Brexit reflects the same type of mood. Could it be that we’re all finally bored with being politically correct? Oh the joy of being able to express what we really think instead of what we think we should be saying in case we offend him, her or the other.

Is the tedium of walking on eggshells coming to a close? Imagine if we could all talk in business how we really talk to one and other? Like we do in the pub with friends without fear of reprisal. Wouldn’t it ultimately move more quickly?

There maybe people that pretend to be made of syrup that would get stuck in the brave new world but I, for one, would welcome it.

And who would dare say that it wouldn’t happen?

Mars will be colonised in the next generation… No? Says who? The experts?

Whatever.

When people come together and believe in a goal, anything is achievable. Surely we have all learnt that? And we all play a massive part in those giant forward steps.

People come together at events; we create the forums for incredible things to happen in life. It is at events that ideas, dreams, and even crazy sh*t is unearthed and discussed. It is at these events that platforms can be created for ideas to become reality.

So when the mad things happen in life, even if it’s as wild as Trump being elected as President of the United States of America, take time to enjoy a little to smile and say to yourself: “I helped to do that”. We’ll never regret it because, in events, we’ve already moved on to whatever happens next, which maybe even more unbelievable.

See you in a pub on Mars to discuss…

Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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