“We don’t live in a merit-based society. We live in a relationship, trust, comfort-based society. If I have a relationship with you, then maybe I will trust you. If I trust you, then maybe I will be comfortable with you. If I am comfortable with you, then maybe I will put you in a position to show your permit. And this is precisely why you have idiots and fools running some countries and companies, and brilliant people who are homeless.”

John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

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