Social Justice And The Dark Side Of Activism with Simone Vincenzi

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Looking for an insightful conversation that delves into the world of entrepreneurship? Look no further than the latest episode of our podcast, featuring Simone Vincenzi! Whether you’re passionate about activism or entrepreneurship, there’s a place for you to make a difference. So tune in and let’s make a difference together!

Guest: Simone Vincenzi is an accomplished speaker, author, and entrepreneur with a passion for helping others. He is the founder of GTeX, a UK-based personal development and business coaching company that has helped over 5,000 entrepreneurs, coaches, and business owners scale their businesses. With his extensive experience, passion for personal development, and impressive achievements, Simone is a leading authority in the field of coaching and personal development.

[00:00] In this episode, Igor is joined by Simone Vincenzi to explore various topics ranging from the Occupy Wall Street movement to his personal beliefs on wealth distribution, the dark side of activism, and more!

[00:52] The Occupy Wall Street:

  • The Occupy Wall Street movement, which started in the US, and then in Wall Street, started because there were a lot of people who were really upset with how capitalism works and how capitalism is run on the principles of capitalism, and in particular how money is distributed.
  • They were exchanging stock, whether it was changing goods and animals, and that’s where it all started, and then back when they were in what was twice called the London Stock Exchange.
  • I started with that movement and protested they’re living for eight months, camping out there.
  • I basically left what I had because I believed so much that a change in society needed to happen.

[02:16] What Makes A Man Abandon His Life As He Knows It?

  • The same thing that made you an entrepreneur is the same thing that makes you have decisions.
  • I think that inside me, there has always been a fire of making a change, doing something meaningful with my life
  • This was a way for me to get involved in something that I believed in because I see a lot of people in the world that are struggling. 

[03:28] Cults or Activism?

  • It’s easier when one voice is united with multiple voices.
  • There is that feeling that we are here to make something happen. We are here to make a change. However, I found that environment very toxic. And so that’s why I left.
  • People that have not been inside the activist world. They fantasize about it. But actually, it’s a very dark world.
  • Imagine that everything you do is to destroy something. There is lots of negativity. Everything’s a conspiracy.
  • I decided to separate myself from the movement and moved to the opposite side actually, being an entrepreneur which is within a capitalistic society that I was refusing.

[04:55] The Difference Between A Movement And A Solution:

  • There’s this great book called The True Believer.
  • He talks about different movements, he talks about Nazism, Bolsheviks, and communism and all kinds of stuff, Chinese movements, etc. And he actually breaks down what it takes to rally people up to a cause versus what you need to do.
  • We need a common enemy. That’s the early stages of marketing your idea, you need a common enemy to latch on to and to market against. But then at some point, you have to transition to a solution.

[07:42] Views On Capitalism And The IMF:

  • We need to have a system where wealth is distributed better, and more equally.
  • The IMF, in itself, is about what’s the belief and what’s the context, the social-political construct in which we live.
  • It is the survival of the fittest if you can make it on your own,  great.

[13:48] Focus Expands Everything:

  • Wherever I put my attention, what I focus on expands. So focus on the problem, and that problem expands.
  • I can be aware it’s gonna make my life more miserable. But knowing that if I actually focus on something, it amplifies, I don’t want to give it more attention.
  • I’m here to work on solutions. I’m here to support kids. We do a lot of projects with disadvantaged kids in our local area.
  • But it’s all the idea that the more we talk about the problem, the more the problem expands, and the more we work on the solutions, the fewer problems we have.
  • It’s not about closing our eyes. I’m not saying that. But once you’re aware then my reaction is to do something about it.

[16:34] The Problem With Giving Away Money:

  • Giving more money to people is really not a solution. Because if they’re not smart about money, the money just flows back into the pockets of rich people.
  • If you give a lot of money to a poor person, or a poor-minded person, that money ends up going to the people, so big screen TVs, and alcohol and whatever. There’s a reason why many poor people remain poor.
  • This is why I just don’t believe in the whole wealth distribution thing, where you take more money from the rich and give it to the poor because that money flows back into the hands of the rich.

[17:40] What The World Needs:

  • Understanding and compassion. I think there are a lot of problems. In particular, a lot of conflicts and a lot of resolutions, whether it’s in personal relationships, robot relationships, and so on, happen with understanding, they happen with understanding the differences that we have, as human beings, the different cultural differences that we have. 

[26:24] Money As A Universal Language:

  • If there’s one thing that can unite people, in a form of cooperation, if there’s one thing that makes people work together, set aside their differences, and really, while putting their egos aside, work towards a common goal, either fighting a common enemy or achieving a common goal, structuring a solution, maintaining a good thing or building a new thing. Money seems to be it.
  • I can make the counter-argument. I’ve never seen so many killings, so much division, and so much control and power abuse because of money.
  • Money is already a language because we talk about money, we exchange money, and we leave money. What I think that unites people is not money.

[28:54] Maslow Hierarchy of Needs:

  • You have physiological needs. Then you have safety, belonging and love, esteem, cognitive, aesthetic, self-actualization, and transcendence.
  • What brings people together is where they are at that moment.
  • And then money is probably the language or the exchange that happens but, if someone has physiological needs or needs survival, they will come together. 

[33:49] The Automated World:

  • When you arrive at a point where everything is automated then only people that understand and have access to technology will be able to operate in that world.
  • There will be a point where people will just learn how to work only using AI and they will not even know what it’s like to work without AI.
  • The difference between going through the industrial revolution to this is that the leap we’re making now is much larger than the leap we’ve made with the industrial revolution, I think it is because of the nature of AI and how it can train itself.

[41:55] Importance of Collaboration:

  • I hope that whatever change is going to happen, and is going to be implemented in different countries, is done with the collaboration of the country that we are going to operate in.

[44:00] The Evolution of Technology:

  • The evolution of technology is an issue but, it’s an advantage.
  • Stream the podcast to explore Simone’s views on how technology will affect us in the near future.

[49:13] The Cost Of Acquiring A Customer Today:

  • The problem is that it costs five times more money today to acquire a customer than it was even 10 years ago.
  • As a marketer, you might think it’s paradise. But in reality, when everyone has access to that information, all of a sudden, there’s so much noise. 

[52:26] Message To Listeners:

  • There are so many battles to fight. There are so many things to change. But what’s going to be your role? Everyone is going to be so self-aware that they are going to be able to find their role in this ever-changing world. They’re going to be the ones that are going to be making the biggest impact and they’re going to at least be fulfilled. 

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