Entrepreneur or Gladiator? What Are You?

This week in November every year we celebrate Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW), but should that be Global Gladiator Week (GGW)?

On the US website for GEW you can check out the events happening all around the country. I randomly selected Oregon to find only 4 activities listed but zero participants? Further investigation is required to get to the bottom of that one. The hottest states are Pennsylvania with 131 activities, Washington 122, Florida with 73, North Carolina 80 and California with 64. Some states have zero activities registered.

Today jobs are disappearing at an increasing rate as automation and technology find better, faster, more efficient ways of building, growing, designing and making things as well as providing services. One recent report suggested that 1 billion jobs would disappear to automation by 2030.

So obviously if “full employment” is still relevant and necessary (for what reason I’m not sure) then entrepreneurship is going to have to play an enormous role in our future. Many new shared work-spaces are popping up all around the world to provide more cost effective office accommodation and networking opportunities.

One local co-work space gives the makeup of their members as:

  • 50% male and 50% female
  • 80% individuals and 20% members working in a team
  • 50% spend one day a week at the shared space
  • age range in 20 to 60
  • a wide range of interests with the largest 20% being “tech & innovation”
  • 60% have been in business for less than 2 years

Is it easy being an entrepreneur?

No it’s not … unless you come up with a very innovative or high demand product or service and attract financial backing quickly. Many entrepreneurs still seem to fall into the Entrepreneurial Myth or E-Myth as Michael Gerber wrote about 25 years ago.

As discussed in the Forbes article above the E-Myth is still alive and well with entrepreneurs and technicians doing battle with each other often now on a global platform for what seem to be limited rewards or opportunities.

You could say that a gladiator stands a 50% chance of success … which are better odds than todays entrepreneurs and technicians appear to have.

Futurist, engineer, architect and author R Buckminster Fuller stated almost 50 years ago that the vast majority of employees, and people going to work were actually costing more than the amount of wealth they produced and should be literally paid ($1,000 a day) to stay home.

It’s almost as if we are “killing ourselves” by killing ourselves … and no one understands why?

If you get the choice go the gladiator route … it’s safer.

About Alex Sprunt

Twenty years ago I participated in a game that changed my life. Called "The Barnyard Game" it threw groups of intelligent people into fierce competition for the chance to 'access the Ocean of Abundance' and the "Ocean only wants to OUTFLOW ... so come with a spoon, a cup, bucket or pipe it in, the Ocean doesn't care". The game was noisy, loud, had physical barriers and it was played hard. Then all of a sudden a realisation was made that swept through the game in an instant. "There is no need to compete ... the Ocean is abundant and wants everyone to enjoy her abundance." For forty years or more we have been living at a time when everyone on earth could be living the lifestyle of billionaires. Technology and a cooperation revolution makes this available and the way forward is to elevate everyone up above the level of the "1%" rather than try and pull the 1% down to a low level. We are all living in exciting times ...
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