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February 22, 2011 | By Barry Moltz

Don’t Vote? Other Nations Beg You to Read This

Today is election day in Chicago. It’s a pretty significant  since for the first time in 50 years, an incumbant mayor is not running for office. Unfortunately turnout is expected to be low.

On my way to the polls, I stopped at the bank to deposit a few checks. I asked the two tellers if they were going to vote. Both of them said no. When I asked why they said, “All politicians are jerks” and “I never vote. It does not make difference”. Tell this to the people of many north African and Middle East countries that are revolting against their governments  now because they do not have the right to vote and choose their leaders. Many people are dying for the right to vote!

Democracy is a messy thing and its not perfect , but it takes participation. The very least we can do is go out and vote to choose our leaders. Better yet, participate in the process. This year, I hosted a fundraiser, collected signature for a candidate, passed out literature door to door and called people to get out the vote.

I suspect, if we didn’t have the right to vote, many of us would be out on our streets demanding it.

Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.

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