There is a video game that I used to play called Mount & Blade. It’s a medieval, action, role playing game. When you start the game you get to choose the skills path, character class, background, and social status of your character. You also get to distribute knowledge and skill points into a wide variety of skill sets. Both physical and mental.
In the game you can trade, recruit, attack, defend, negotiate, rest, train soldiers, fortify, and read. As you progress, your character will gain experience points. As you reach certain experience points amounts, you will level up. You can even take time to drill your army, and your warriors in your army will even level up.
This is just like real life. As we progress through life, we chose the skills we learn. The more we practice a skill, the more times we run for office or campaigns we assist, the more experience we gain, and then we level up.
Want to learn how to knock on doors, or communicate our policies in a positive and persuasive way, or any myriad of skills? Knock on doors, talk to people, take the actions. The more people you talk with, the more communication experience points you will gain. Were you are able to get their contact information? Extra points. Persuade them to volunteer/contribute? Extra points. Want to gain experience points faster? Instead of only talking to one new person a day, talk to 10.
Are you too new and have a low-level of experience in your Libertarian Communications skillset? Awesome! Read books on Libertarian Communications. Read books on persuasion and relationship building. Build your experience level up to take on those hard bosses in your political game.
Do you have the desire to slay your opponent in a debate? Or will you go into the debate battle as a noob? The time you invest into preparation and practice will determine the results.
What I have learned is that our opponents (Republicans and Democrats), in most cases, have more experience than us (higher level), and that translates into a bigger support network (army and allies). However, we can build our campaigns and our local parties to a point where we can successfully challenge our opponents. The more action we take, the faster we will level up. We gain experience points, and we level up.
We must level up.
To win this war, we must fight a lot of battles (campaigns). We must recruit volunteers/contributors (army), and allies. However, we don’t have to win every battle, we just have to learn (level-up) and help our volunteers, contributors, and allies learn (level-up).
The higher the level of our communication and relationship building skills, the more people we will be able to persuade to vote for us. One vote at a time wins elections. Level-up!
-C. Michael Pickens
“There’s always another level up. There’s always another ascension. More grace, more light, more generosity, more compassion, more to shed, more to grow.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."