Firstly, most people do not understand the value of starting or creating anything at all especially when it comes to a business. Perhaps this should be a motivation to your business venture or an idea that you’ve been holding on for long. In order to value your business or idea in today’s economic climate you must realise that your business is more than just an idea on paper or a business concept on a business plan or a start-up of 2 employees. Your business in the conception of modern prosperity thinking is more of what you think it is; it’s a revolution in progress that will lead to economic emancipation in the future.
It is a concept that when planted as a seed, allows harvesting and sharing amongst people, and this is the thinking that is needed to stay motivated as you rise through and minding the huddles of your daily business drama. Moreover, in my good friend Mitchel’s words — “if your business is revolutionary — it will challenge modern thinking”. To put it in simple words, your business is special in the way you cannot understand.
In a South African mind-set, the paradox of prosperity — the theory if well adopted by a few that understand its requirements, especially in leadership and entrepreneurship, solving this nation’s problems could be as easy. This is because of the capability of the modern problem solvers, the entrepreneur, the self-starter, the creator, and the people who actually plant seeds of prosperity by creating businesses that bears resemblance to prosperity in all defined greatness.
Why must it be adopted though? Why this mentality?
There is a tragic in thinking when it comes to traditional leadership especially on the African continent. Leaders want to feed off nation’s riches without working for them and this is a classical lazy mentality of an African man. Personally people who create pose less danger to society than those who feed of people’s creation. By feeding off the nation’s riches here we’re talking about first, the man who wants to own mines without working hard in the mines or better, creating new mines, but wait “Nationalism of Mines” seems like a concept viable and quick to implement — Secondly, Solutions that come off from the government are not governed by prosperity thinking as they feed off the poor. Let me bring an example. Recently the government’s economy seem to have downgraded for some obvious reason, consumer spending went down, which leads to the government to make less money through SARS — The solution? The government is going to increase Tax fees — How’s that? Big fail!
Look at the flaw: Instead of the government looking into commercialising export and import sectors, developing new public enterprises “Fields of prosperity” — or pumping money into private companies to increase production, they increase tax. What will happen to the price of bread? It increases, people then start to complain, and then wages seem small all of a sudden, Solution? The people then strike, asking for increases and this circle will continues until the economy crashes! This is tragic; this sounds just like Africa, the mentality creates problems for when you need to address socio-economic development on a greater latter.
Let’s cut deeper and get a classical example of where the theory could have been used in real context to avoid leadership crisis and pitfalls. Take Zimbabwe for example, a country which was once, and still could be one of the best agricultural countries on the world. This country’s leadership realized that the people are entitled to land which was or at the time owned by white farmers who one could imagine they inherited from their forefathers back in the days. What happened here was that the fields of plenty — i.e. the farms by the whites, were very few or benefited the minority — the owners.
In order to distribute the land to the mass they had to take from people who owned land, the white farmers and have it to the people who are titled as “deserving”. Although the analogy applied on this could be justified by saying it’s the people’s land, this analogy in the context of the paradox of prosperity fails to meet requirements for it does not bear any fruits in the long run. The land which previously created employment, revenue and economic growth was fought for and taken, distributed to the deserving individuals, without any structure, programme, that would yield prosperity amongst the people. People fought for dust and still remained in dust. No one prospered in the end. What happened next was a shame and a land full of unused land owned by people, all ruled by their very own egos, a story old as time!
Let us bring (Economic Freedom Fighters) popular known as EFF — a South African Political party with a thoughtful drive — Economic Emancipation, another classic example. EFF in the fighter’s spirit once asked — what’s the best way to get economic freedom and own it? — “Let’s fight for it!” Here in ladies and gentlemen the fighters were born, EFF another concept which fails the tests of time and the theory of The Paradox of Prosperity. Why? It still maintains that we fight for dust instead of creating new streams of revenues. EFF’s background is well thought, more South Africans need economic freedom but unfortunately, it cannot be achieved through the fighter’s spirit, No!
EFF imagines taking ownership of foreign owned mines. Look at how these mines had been developed over years, capital in — work in and revenues later. Their intend could be justified against other forms of believe but against the inception of the paradox of prosperity, it fails. According to this theory, new fields need to be created in order to prevent fighting for handfuls of dust — the mines. So to EFF or a member reading this, rethink your approaches — If as members, you need to be focused on using your powers voted by the people to exploit government resources to create companies, products, and the economy will be yours in the long run instead of fighting for what has been. Thank me later!
Let us bring in our brothers from the North who knows IT in and out to the back of their head. Majority of these guys are Nigerians, some Zambians. Here is another situation, Instead of them developing next generation computer services with the tech-savvy mentality; they are promising us lump sums, running scams and depositing fraudulent cheque payments into accounts. Yes, they hack databases, send funny emails explaining how you won millions and will have your money deposited in your bank for the riches. Wow, listen to that. This mentality still fails, feeding off each other, let me rephrase — feeding off the poor, promising them the world, this will not get us anywhere. Let us wake up Africa. This is not how it’s done.
We have a strong task before us, as entrepreneurs in this day an age — we stand for something greater, something beyond economic emancipation and social philanthropy. We need to bring back our Afrocentric thinking into this complex world before us and prove the west wrong.
To sum up why we need to adopt the mentality as entrepreneurs, I have a quote “each generation must out of obscurity discover its mission or betray it” Franz. Franz simply highlights that each generation needs to stand for something. Something greater than their very own believe. Something radical that can transform current the current generation and generations thereafter.
This quote was taken out of the emancipation of youth uprising — the June 16, 1976 writing, where the Soweto students stood up for what they believed in, Their generation’s legacy still lives on till this day, and the forces they opposed did not succeeded.
Out of modern obscurity, the modern struggles that our fellow young people are going through, the unemployment rate, drugs — nyaope, rape and killings happening in our society. Through our corrupt selfish leaderless leaders leading us into despair, promising us a great future without taking much from us, our taxes, cashed out in corruption schemes and unlawful family connected businesses that transcends across borders, We need to stand up for something. What would our generation stand for? How can we heal ourselves of the misery we are in without blood spillage and souls lost. The media, filling us with populated opinions feeding us. How can we save ourselves? How are we going to save ourselves and the generation after us?
The wise always will and keep this saying for better days — let’s leave the world a better place that we found it. Let us create fields of prosperity so we can lead them ourselves, let’s stand tall and have hopes for all the glories that come with our planted seeds.
Let’s plant seeds of prosperity, and leave the world a much better place for our generation to harvest from.
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