Lately in America, business owners (including those of big businesses) have gotten a bum rap. They are almost always the villains of class warfare (a favorite tactic of politicians, especially Democrats). And while some business owners are villains, most of them are not. And, more importantly, what they do is essential to our livelihood and the greatness of the Free World. How quickly we forget this when we need a “bad guy” to blame for our troubles (or to win an election).
Government and politicians do not create jobs. They do not power the economy. They do not feed your family. They don’t make available all of the essentials and luxuries you enjoy every day. They don’t improve your quality of life. And they risk none of their own capital (“stuff”) to do it, either.
Who does? Entrepreneurs do. Business owners willing to risk their time, talent and treasure to create an even better world. And not just for themselves, but for all of us.
There’s a myth that the distribution of wealth is a zero-sum game. That if somebody else gets more wealth that it means they had to take it from somebody else. This is simply not true. And nobody knows this better than an entrepreneur, for they create something where there is nothing every day. It’s one of the beautiful ways we as humans get to co-create with our Creator.
And this creation is one of the solutions (as it has been since the beginning of Man) to so many of the injustices in the world. That’s why it’s so backward and frustrating when we try to solve so many problems with government — and at the expense of the real problem solvers in the world: Entrepreneurs.
There’s a new short film called “The Call of the Entrepreneur” that I think everyone should watch. Here’s a short synopsis with both the trailer and full video below:
“Three men. One call. A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life.
Why do their stories matter? Because how we view entrepreneurs – as greedy or altruistic, as victorious or vicious – shapes the destinies of individuals and nations.”
Check out the trailer real quick:
And you can watch the whole thing below. It’s worth 55 mins of your time. And it’s even more worth picking up a copy for your family/group and sharing with others for a good discussion on an important topic: