Late night rant. It’s time for the leaders to lead and to start actually making decisions.
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Hey, what's up everybody. This is Russell Brunson, welcome back to the Marketing Secrets podcast. I'm here today on a little bit of a rant. All right, everyone, normally I do these episodes in the morning when I'm driving to the office, things like that. But tonight it's late ... Later, not super late yet, but just got home from wrestling practice with the kids. Anyway, just because of three or four things happened today, it's top of my mind. And so I probably won't give all the exact examples because I don't want to point people out, but I want to point the concept out, because it's something that I think you, as a leader, me as a leader, we need to become better at.
And so I think the best way to pre-frame this ... Actually, I'm going to step back to the book, Atlas Shrugged. So hopefully you guys had a chance to listen to the Atlas Shrugged interview that Josh Forti and I did, I posted it here on the podcast. And hopefully for a lot of you guys it got you into the book and got you reading. That was my goal, if I can get you guys reading it, that's more important.
But one of the themes that happens a lot throughout the book ... Dagny Taggart, who's the main character in the book, she basically ran the railroad. And there was all these people that worked for her, and all these people. And not just people who worked for her, but the whole society as a whole, and nobody wants to make a decision. Nobody wants to be the person who gets in trouble. They don't want to have their neck on the lines. The train would be stuck or something and they can't get it going. And she comes out and she's like, "Why isn't it moving?" And it's like, "Well, because no one's told us to." And, "Well, just do it." "I can't, because then I'm going to be held responsible, I don't want to get in trouble." And she's like, "Do your job. We need to get this thing moving." "I don't want to because I don't want to get in trouble."
And then they'd be like, "Well, will you take responsibility if I have a go, if I ... " Whatever it is. She's like, "Yes, I'll take responsibility." She was willing to take responsibility, and then because of that the train would go. But it was her coming in and taking responsibility. And one of the themes throughout the book is that ... That's the big thing is that nobody wants to take responsibility. Nobody will do something because they want somebody else to like, "Oh, well who's responsible if this goes wrong?" And they want to point to somebody else. And so that's a big thing.
I'm not going to get political, but right now we're in this weird thing, this whole COVID season, which is annoying for so many reasons. But one of the things, I'm one of the wrestling coaches and my kids are wrestling and trying to be part of that. And there's these decisions that they're supposed to be making be made. Whatever the decision is, I will follow it and respect it and whatever. But the problem is nobody wants to make decisions. That's the problem, because nobody wants to be held responsible if this happens or this happens or whatever happens. And so even school starting here in Idaho this year, at least in the county that we're in, it got passed three or four times. School started two weeks later than they're supposed to, because nobody wanted to make a decision. No one wanted to be on their clock, "I don't want to be willing to get in trouble. I don't want to be ... " So you keep pushing it, pushing it, pushing it.
And now we're seeing the same thing with athletics. These meetings were just like, "Make a decision," but nobody wants to make decisions. You can just pass another date, another date, another person. Nobody wants t