Thought for the Day – 9 June 2017
My thought for Friday is aimed at all of you who wish to be entrepreneurs. In a country like South Africa, where traditionally we relied heavily on gold and platinum as the backbone of our economy, we haven’t reacted well to changes in the world economy. Those two minerals are not as rock solid as they were before. And the job of extracting them from the ground has become, not only dangerous, but more and more difficult. The price isn’t reliable any more either. So, as a nation, we have to seriously think about restructuring our economy. And I’m talking about real and genuine change not slogan change like “radical economic transformation”. That slogan is supposed to rally people to a cause, but so far it is just empty words. There is no definition of what it actually means, what changes will take place, or how these changes will transform anything. Simplistically, it might mean, ‘let’s take all the money from the rich people and give it to the poor people’. But that truly will not work. The rich people are very clever with their money. They won’t just let it be taken. And even if they did, there’s not enough of it to go round.
I read a book once that dealt with this very idea of engineering economic transformation. It called “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. It was a little long-winded in parts but explained very well why the Robin Hood idea of “robbing the rich to pay the poor” just won’t work. In the book, she outlines a far more likely outcome. Check it out! So if you believe you’ll get a job after this change, I challenge you to find out where that job is coming from by asking the question, how?
Truth is, the only solution that can solve South Africa’s economic problem, is to radically GROW the economy. And that can only happen if we encourage and grow entrepreneurs. The more people that can create a successful business the better off everyone will be. So here’s the resulting thought for the day:
“Don’t think out of the box – throw the box away and think completely differently!”
The image for this idea is an infographic of just some of the real game changing ideas that revolutionized life across the world. Look at these things and try to imagine the world without them. Then try to get your mind around how some genius could possibly have thought of that idea? But geniuses did and every one benefitted. You will be able to think of many more of these ideas and most, if not all, of them made pots of money. What this country needs is lots of these ideas with support from the government and business to get them off the ground. Then our economy will grow and our reliance of obsolete economic models will decrease. Everyone will win.
So get your thinking caps on and I hope that your idea is the first to start this economic transformation.