One of the fundamental challenges entrepreneurs face, is grappling with the constant and overwhelming uncertainty head on. Sure not everyone should be an entrepreneur, or not even close to everyone, but at the same time, having an honest outlook on the world with all its uncertainty is becoming increasingly important for everyone to thrive in the global world.
Are safe jobs extinct?
Some might tell you to get a safe job, but the truth of the matter is, new graduates aren’t going to be spending their lives in the same company anymore. During the past few decades, people have changed jobs more than ever before in their careers. This trend isn’t going to stabilize in the least and never will it revert to how it once was, in the ‘golden days’. Rather than seeing it for an unsure career path, one might call it an opportunity to try many things before finding the one thing that really fits in what you want to do with your life. Odds are the more you know, the better your hit rate.
On the higher level, this means a clearer focus on producing actual value cross the board in all industries, which while admirable and needed, calls for brutally honest measures in finding the right people for the job.
The pace of the world is restless
It’s said that half of a Masters degree is wasted because of the pace of change. Not to focus on education as an institution, but rather the worlds evolution, it’s not enough that you master one application, you must master the art of change itself. Entrepreneurs are often characterized by an inner locus of control, which in short means that they will find the certainty in themselves, rather than looking for it in their environment. This leads to a larger ability to control and act in an uncertain environment.
Not everyone should be an entrepreneur, but looking for certainty in an uncertain environment may be misguided and lead to false security, poor judgment and many other things. If you want to choose not to live in denial, having an honest perspective on the world will surely lead to a real foundation, rather one built on empty assumptions on the future. Accepting an uncertain environment is the start of that honest perspective.
Pace of life may have changed for good, but at the same time it is a reality we live with and closing your eyes will not change that reality. It’s a choice everyone has to make, in choosing how to live ones own life and what to value in life itself.
Global will connect local
Globalization should have opened many eyes, yet so many times we see those that do not yet realize, that their competition is not in the same classroom or down the street. It may well be that the real competition at any given time is in India or in Brazil. People that have a real burning appetite to prove themselves and make a real impact on the world, as well as a superb education and track record. The toughest competition may well be elsewhere, than we’d initially expect.
The world is changing so fast, that it’s hard for many established companies to keep up, but at the same time, the debacle is individual as well. Don’t limit yourself to what you think you know, but seek out changes and trends going on and take advantage of them.
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