Tag Archive for 'liberty'

Keep chasing entrepreneurial liberty

John Ray, a Puritan-leaning 17th century English naturalist and botanist who refused to take the religious oath required by the Act of Uniformity during the Restoration, proposed “Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.”

Many small business owners would say it this way, “The worst day in my own business is better than the best day as an employee.”

I’m not proposing employment is akin to slavery, but there is no question it can put chains on your entrepreneurial spirit. Before you leave your job because you don’t like bosses, or decide to emancipate your creativity from mediocre management, refer to Blasingame’s Small Business Unabridged Dictionary and its definition of lean liberty in the world of small business.

1.  “The buck stops here” plaque is not just sitting on your desk, it’s nailed on.
2.  If an employee doesn’t show up for a shift, it’s your shift.
3.  When an irate, perhaps unreasonable, customer comes in and demands to speak to the owner, that’s you.
4.  It’s payroll Friday for you and your three employees. Four people, but only enough cash for three checks. Guess who goes home without one?

If any of these examples makes you blink, be sure to clock in tomorrow. But if you are ready to handle these and many other examples of small business lean liberty, perhaps your entrepreneurial sap has risen to the point where your passion for your plan will sustain you through lean times.

Go for it. Who knows? You may be on your way to claim the holy grail of small business, Fat Liberty.

Video - The power of entrepreneurship and liberty

Check out my video about entrepreneurship and liberty in America and how other small business in other countries might not be as fortunate.

Check out more of Jim’s great content HERE!

Take this week’s poll HERE!

Watch Jim’s videos HERE!

Video - The power of entrepreneurship and liberty

Check out my video about entrepreneurship and liberty in America and how other small businesses in other countries might not be as fortunate.

Check out more of Jim’s great content HERE!

Take this week’s poll HERE!

Watch Jim’s videos HERE!

The power of entrepreneurship and liberty

Speaking of America’s founding in The Fortune of the Republic, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “We began with freedom.”

Indeed. But that freedom didn’t become useful until the Founders converted it into liberty and lasts only as long as the stewards of each generation protect and maintain it.

Freedom is a state of mind anyone can assume. But liberty is a contract we bestow upon and expect from each other. And from that contract, American entrepreneurship was born as the child of liberty.

Liberty and entrepreneurship have an interesting symbiotic relationship: You can have liberty without entrepreneurship, but you can’t have entrepreneurship without at least tacit liberty. But while liberty as a human ideal is more primordial than entrepreneurship, the latter has a political advantage that comes in handy in some places on planet Earth.

In China, for example, to pursue liberty as a foundation to entrepreneurship might be difficult – even dangerous. But since it is not typically seen as a political statement, engaging in entrepreneurship, even as a veiled precursor to liberty, is more practical and safer.

IEEW's 2012 Peace Through Business graduating class from Afghanistan

IEEW's 2012 Peace Through Business graduating class from Afghanistan

Consequently, outside of America it is possible – sometimes necessary – for the child, entrepreneurship, to precede and flourish ahead of the parent, liberty. Such is the case in Afghanistan, but only for women.

Recently, at IEEW’s “Peace through Business” conference, in Washington, D.C., I met and interviewed an Afghan woman who is a wife and mother of three small children, and an entrepreneur. Freshta Hazeq founded the only woman-owned printing company in the capital city of Kabul. In America, Freshta would be celebrated; in Afghanistan, her business has been sabotaged and her life threatened because she competes against men.

The entrepreneurial desire to create a business that could provide a living for a family actually promotes liberty without a political declaration. Over time, in countries like Afghanistan, as the ideals and values of entrepreneurship acquire critical mass, it will be discovered that liberty has flourished on the foundation of entrepreneurship.

In America we began with freedom and forged it into liberty, which gave birth to entrepreneurship. In Afghanistan, especially if you’re a woman, entrepreneurship will give birth to liberty. But, like America’s revolution, it comes at a high price.

Why is Freshta willing to pay this price? Because she has a daughter.

Liberty and entrepreneurship - powerful and symbiotic.

#####

Click on one of the links below to hear Freshta Hazeq’s touching and inspirational story of the unique challenges she faces as the owner of Royal Advertising and Printing Press in Kabul, Afghanistan and what she is doing to improve as a professional business owner.

How Peace Through Business works in Afghanistan

Breaking the mold for women in Afghanistan

Check out more great SBA content HERE!




Warning: fsockopen() [function.fsockopen]: php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Temporary failure in name resolution in /var/www/wordpress/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php on line 1142

Warning: fsockopen() [function.fsockopen]: unable to connect to twitter.com:80 (Unknown error) in /var/www/wordpress/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php on line 1142