"I believe in being an innovator."
"I believe in being an innovator."
We hear it all the time: there are no jobs and the economy sucks. I'm screwed. To say that there are too few jobs is to concede that we don't want to fix problems.
All throughout the world people are at no shortage of pointing out everything that is wrong with the world. People will tell you how bad schools suck, how bad the environment is, how many poor people there are, how much wealth inequality there is and so on. But what they won't tell you is how to fix these problems -- or at least how to fix these problems without the failure of stealing money from one group and giving it to another.
Wealth isn't created through theft, wealth is created through innovation and increased productivity. When you steal a fish to feed somebody you haven't created wealth, you have simply transferred it. When you invent a way to catch more fish, like with a fishing pole or a net, you have increased productivity and created wealth.
Most people view a job from a very limited perspective. Most people view a job as a career or something that you exchange your time for every day for a wage. Your job isn't a thing that makes you money. Your job is you providing value for a task. A job is more fundamentally a task that needs to be accomplished. If you need to mow the lawn that is a job.
Different jobs have different payment schedules. Some jobs pay out every day. Some jobs pay out every month. And some jobs, the ones that are most needed, pay out when they are a success. As I've talked about before, the hard part about starting a business is that you don't know when and if it will make money. You're doing lots of work, but you don't know if it will ever pay off.
This is the gap that we must bridge.
Pretty much every job throughout the world started as a problem that needed to be solved. A business opportunity is an important problem that needs to be solved that has a chance of being solved. If we take a quick Google search we can easily find lots of problems in the world:
Look at some of the top problems:
- Lack of economic opportunity and employment (12.1%)
- Safety / security / wellbeing (14.1%)
- Lack of education (15.9%)
- Food and water security (18.2%)
- Government accountability and transparency / corruption (22.7%)
- Religious conflicts (23.9%)
- Poverty (29.2%)
- Inequality (income, discrimination) (30.8%)
- Large scale conflict / wars (38.9%)
- Climate change / destruction of nature (48.8%)
Almost anybody can create a job for themselves in one of these fields. Almost anybody can start chipping away at this. This is a job.
Some businesses you don't need money to start. If you do need money you can raise it if you have a good business idea. If you can't raise it do what most entrepreneurs do: save. Keep your day job and start chipping away at your business on the side.
Worried about climate change? Great, get some books on math and science and read about how the climate works, how energy works, how batteries work and get to work. See where the current threshold of understanding is in this field and then push it further. This requires no financial investment. You can read books for free at the library or online. If you really cared about this you would use your passion to drive you towards answers.
Worried about war? Great, so are 38.9% of millennials also. Find a way to work together to alleviate and mitigate this problem. Look for ways to make money solving this problem. Figure out what people would pay you to solve for them.
These are extreme, large-scale examples. Most examples are much more straightforward than this:
When you start at the problem rather then the job you create the job.
I repeat, if you start first looking for problems that need to be solved then you will end up at some point creating a job for yourself and possibly others.
I get that starting a business is not easy and that's why most people don't do it. But to say there aren't any jobs is a cop out. The problem isn't that there are too few jobs. The problem is that there are too few people willing to take on the challenges and problems of the world. That's the problem.Business, Jobs, Business