Are You Standing or Kneeling?

A lot of noise has been made this past week again with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. President Trump sparked the fire last Friday when he referred to an NFL player making the gesture that Colin Kaepernick started last year by kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a “son of a bitch.” This past Sunday, 200 players knelt or sat on a bench or took other actions during the anthems.

Some, like Donald Trump, say that you shouldn’t make a political statement by disrespecting the flag, there are other times and places to protest. Others say that the flag itself represents the freedom to choose to kneel, even while everyone else stands.

The definition of protest is to make a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. So, when you make a protest you are making an objection to something in your life.

Protestors are usually victims — or so they feel — of something that has happened to them. They object to the way they are treated.

Speaking for myself, my life didn’t start to improve when I was younger until I quit acting like a victim and quit spending time on what was done to me and started to work on what I could do for me.

When I quit living in the past and started creating my future everything changed. I became fascinated with my future and started to disregard my past. I was no longer resenting and regretting.

I am proof when you get out of the past, out of your blame, resentment, and self-pity you can do anything. You can’t create the future you deserve obsessing over the past you don’t want.

Compare these two different ideas:

1. “My politician wasn’t elected. The system is broken.”

2. “My politician wasn’t elected because I was unable to gather enough support for my politician to get elected.”

The first statement assumes no responsibility for the event, while the other does — and identifies a solution. One statement takes a stand, the other takes a knee.

“If its to be, its up to me.”

Whether you stand or kneel during the national anthem, I have a different question to pose to you today:

Do you honor what you can do to improve your finances, or do you protest with what you have?

Nobody is going to come to your house and make your dreams come true. If you want to get rich, you must make it happen. Protesting isn’t going to fix your situation. The flag, whatever you may think about it, represents America, and this country gives an opportunity to those who take action.

Is there injustice in the world? Of course. Will you let it rule over you? That’s your choice.

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Next time you hear the Star Spangled Banner, are you going to stand or take a knee? Let me know in the comments below.

Be great,


Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider,, and the Huffington Post. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.

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