Good morning, Believe Nation!
My name is Evan Carmichael. My one word is believe, and I believe that entrepreneurs are going to solve all of the world’s major problems. So to help you on your journey, today we’re going to learn how to stand up for what you believe. Over to you, Bernie Sanders.
Stand Up for What You #BELIEVE – Bernie Sanders
Woman: What advice do you have for young people who have a passion for politics, and potentially want to pursue careers in politics and public service?
This is my advice. I don’t like the word passion for politics. What I prefer is and you’ve got to got to your heart on this one passion for justice. Okay? I have talked to a lot of you. You know, when you’re a senator, you talk to a lot of people. Had kids come up to me, they say, “Oh, I want to be a governor. I want to be president. “I want to be a senator.” And that doesn’t interest me at all. What interests me is when somebody tells me they’re concerned about the healthcare crisis in America, or they’re concerned about poverty.
How can they do something about that? There’s a lot of ways you do it. One of the ways is running for office, not the only way. We’re raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour, but not because of political decisions. It started with grassroots activism, actually. Then politics kicked in. So I would say to answer your question, is number one, go into your gut. Go into your gut, and that’s not necessarily easy.
“One way that you can bring change to this world. And if that’s what you want, go for it and have the guts to stand up and fight for what you believe.” – Bernie Sanders
What do you believe? What do you really believe? Think about it. It’s not something you know right away. What are your passions? Do you have the courage to stand up to people who want to reject you or push you around? Okay? And if you have those qualities, jump in. I mean politics and getting involved has been to me an extraordinary ride. When I was there in Burlington, you know what we did?
We literally broke down the door of city hall. We almost literally did that. We took on an entire establishment, which by the way, to answer the question was a Democratic Party. And we pushed them aside. We brought hundreds and hundreds of people into the local process.
We started programs for young people, for old people, for women, in the environment, for the arts. It was an extraordinary experience, which has so much excitement, so much energy. Alright? It’s a lot of fun. But the main thing you have to do, don’t do it if you’re just thinking about in a career. You follow what I’m saying?
Audience Member: Yes
Think about it as a mechanism. One way that you can bring change to this world. And if that’s what you want, go for it and have the guts to stand up and fight for what you believe.