For the record, I’m not one in the manner described below.
I was listening to a podcast with one of my favorite business book authors, Michael Gerber. Back in the 80’s he wrote a fabulous book called ‘T’he E-Myth – Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It’ ‘ which is a bestselling manual on how to gain the right perspective in running your own business.
Well, Michael is about 75 years old now, and has added some of that valuable commodity we all pray that age brings us — Wisdom. In this recent interview, Michael’s perspective had matured. I was just about floored listening to this because I completely expected a secular free-enterprise approach. So was the host, he never saw it coming and didn’t quite know how to react
Understand that if in my life I don’t feel inspired to discoverwhat it means to be alive — to discover what my true purpose is on this earth in the time that I have here — If I’m not moved to go deeper within myself, then I’ll be moved to go superficially outside myself. And as I go superficially outside myself, all of my plans and all of my objectives will be Under the value of what I could potentially reach. So my model says that the human being is a significant thing. The human being is a remarkable thing. I don’t even know what a human being really is. I don’t even know why I’m here — but I NEED to know, I need to pursue it. And everything that I do can become an expression of that as I begin to discover it. So to me, that’s a living equation that has a life force to it. The life force is extraordinary. The life force is everything. And I don’t know what the life-force of Google is. In other words, I don’t see the imagineer at Google creating something beyond belief for any other reason other than wealth.
Does Bill Gates really need to make 16 billion dollars a day? Does he really NEED to do that? Is it really WORTH doing? Understand that that greed is absolutely resident in almost every business that is created today. And I’m simply saying, you gotta go beyond that. It’s gotta go beyond the Trump factor. It’s gotta go to something absolutely unique. What would it mean for example, if Bill Gates had the same passion as Martin Luther King? What would it mean if Martin Luther King had known what Bill gates knew? Can you imagine taking the skills of the one and putting them into the other — the drive of the one and putting it into the other — the spirit of the one and putting it into the other? Can you imagine the profound impact that would have on the KIND of companies we create? Then you begin to understand the extraordinary vitality of an enterprise that set about saying what Martin Luther King said in ‘I have a dream.”
What do I say to the individual who has the dream of being an entrepreneur and wants to know where to start? From here you simply look for the pain in the world, and you try to heal it. You look for the pain in the world and you invent a company that is designed to heal it. What’s the pain — no water, no food, no fresh air, a young woman with 2 kids and no husband or father. You look in the world and look at the pain and you’ll discover the opportunity. The opportunity to transform pain into health — into whatever it is that the counter component of it is — you have the opportunity to do that.