Making new friends can be a tricky process. When we first meet someone new, we often get the advice to stick to very safe small talk conversations. We are told that we should never discuss controversial topics such as religion or politics with people we have just met. Either of these two topics can result in a bitter argument if both people are passionate about their differing points of view. You can easily destroy all chances at a friendship if you discuss controversial topics too soon.Is it always true that we should never bring up the topic of politics with someone we have just met? Is it possible to develop a good friendship or romance with a person if you hate their political beliefs? What if you are attracted to someone, but you hate their politics? Should you limit your friendships and relationships to people who share your political views?Today in many countries, politics has become very intense, and differing political views can spark an intense argument.In spite of this, the advice to avoid all discussion of politics with people that you don’t know very well is not always necessary.For example, you might find yourself at a political convention surrounded by thousands of people you don’t know, yet you would have a good chance of having great political discussions with anyone of them. It’s very possible that most of the people you meet at such an event will love having political conversations with you.There’s another time you might want to bring up politics right away, even when you don’t know how the other person will react. You might be one of those people who takes politics so seriously that you don’t want to get to know a person slowly and only later find out that their political beliefs don’t match your own.In such a case, you might prefer to have your political discussions right away so that you decide whether or not you want to invest more time in this person.Most of us are not that extremely passionate about our politics, yet politics still has the potential to break up relationships, especially in the early stages.That’s why we are usually advised to stay away from discussing politics until we know a person better.Many people who have very strong political opinions also dislike any people who have a differing point of view. They are not willing to be tolerant of people with other political views. This makes it very difficult to make bonds of friendship or love if the other person has different political beliefs.Still, some people have managed to create successful friendships and marriages even though both people have differing political views. How do they manage this? It’s more likely that people with differing political viewpoints can make a successful friendship if neither of them are very passionate about politics.Before you decide to bring up the topic of politics with a person you don’t know well, ask yourself how you will react if it turns out that their point of view is the opposite of your own. Then ask yourself whether you think it’s worth the risk.In some cases, people with very different political opinions manage to stay good friends or even have happy marriages because they actually enjoy having passionate arguments about politics. They have enough respect for each other that they can overlook their differences. In other cases, friends with different points of view simply decide to avoid any political discussions altogether.
The political environment is a key component of the business environment that dictates greatly on the success of your home business. What happens in the politics of your country as well as that of other countries influences a lot your home business. Usually, the term political environment is used to refer to the nature of the political situation in the country where you are doing business or where you intend to do business. How aware are you of the political aspects that affect your home business?If you haven’t been paying any attention to those political aspects that have an effect on your business, it’s therefore important for you to understand the political environment in which you are operating because it can present political risks to your business. For instance, your business is subject to political risks if a war erupts in any country where you do business. Likewise, changes in government policies may either affect you positively or negatively. The prevailing political environment in any country directly affects the economic environment or performance.As a home business owner, you need to keep yourself aware of the political climate in which you operate. Political changes affect greatly small business owners and it’s quite important for them to know whether the changes in the politics and government policies are supportive or unfavorable to their businesses. This awareness enables you to run your business from an informed point of view so that you are not subjected to political risks.What aspects of the political environment should you consider as you do business?1. Stability of governmentIt’s important to know how stable the national government is and how stable it’s likely to be in future depending on prevailing political circumstances. Political instability makes it very difficult to do business. An abrupt change in a political regime may make businessmen lose their property and hard earned money. If you are operating business in such a country, the risk of losing business is high.2. International relationsHow does your government relate with other governments? Does your home government maintain good relations with other foreign governments? For instance, for people who run online home businesses, there are countries where it’s pretty difficult for one to set up an online payment system just because services provided by, say, PayPal or ClickBank are not available in those countries. This makes it difficult to sell your products or services online. A good political environment makes it possible to establish good relations with other foreign governments, which in turn creates directly or indirectly an attractive environment for new investors.3. Government bureaucracyThe political environment in which you do business may be slow to facilitate opening or conducting businesses in the country. Long processes may be required for investors or entrepreneurs, whereby they are subjected to fill in so many forms that actually discourage some of the potential entrepreneurs.As I conclude, I would like to appeal to you to always follow closely the political environment in which you operate so that you can know what to do to guard yourself against any eventualities that may result from any changes in the politics of the countries where you do business. Political changes can also create great opportunities for you as a business person and such chances can come your way if you keep yourself knowledgeable about the political climate in which you do business.