I hate you! is so common in Social Media today
I thought I would take a break writing about business blogging and social media and talk about something that continues to drive me crazy. My biggest complaint about the world in which we live today is that our energies and focus are on all the wrong things.
Here in Indiana, the Republican controlled state house is trying to enact laws against gay marriage, collective bargaining, etc. Two years ago they voted on key legislation banning citizens of this state from fornicating with Chickens. Seriously, like this is a real concern for the majority of citizens.
All nations create myths about themselves. The United States is no different.
One fact about this country over all others is true – we are a nation of Entrepreneurs.
We are nation that sees opportunity when others see doom and gloom. Yet, today, this does not seem to be the case. We are allowing a new mindset to enter our collective consciousness about our country. “Everything sucks and I hate you because you are not like me.”
We are becoming like Europeans longing for the good ole days when the Kaiser ruled and we were an empire like no other in the world. Here, everyone wants to back to the 1950s when everyone had jobs, money grew on trees and church was the center of everyone’s lives. The good ole days. The killer of any society is nostalgia or the past for fear of the future.
The media says it. Our politicians say it. It is no longer fashionable to be smart. Mediocrity is the new cool in this country. People who state the facts are called “elites”, when there was a time when they were simply called “smart”. We are all yelling at each other when we used to talk to one another. (Sorry, I am getting carried away….that is another discussion for another time).
We are a nation of Entrepreneurs
Despite all this negative messaging in our world, there is still a number of people in this country who are Entrepreneurs building new companies. We were talking to a prospect who runs a business in the UK targeting new companies. He said, “The market for new business is harder in the UK because the number of Entrepreneurs is smaller than here in the US.” In the US, there are on average 100k -150k new companies formed each year.
And, the data seems to support this:
“The jobs and innovation that new firms bring reshape and accelerate the economy,” said Robert E. Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “Consistency of firm formation from year to year still means that hundreds of thousands of Americans are poised to become entrepreneurs at any given time. Policies and economic conditions will affect this number at the margins, but the most important thing we as a nation can do to encourage entrepreneurship is to provide a hospitable environment that helps more startups become fast-growing, job-creating companies.”
Despite the ups and downs of the economy, there is a consistent number of individuals trying their hand at self-employment or venture creation. For all the bad times, there is always opportunities.
If this spirit is broken, there really will be no hope of this country. Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s keep the spirit alive like Nike says, “Just Do It”
Paul is the President of Professional Blog Service. PBS works with clients making strategic investments into business blogging, social media and search engine optimization.