It’s not as though, in the words of the inimitable P.G. Wodehouse, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing-glove, or that Fate sneaked up behind him with the bit of lead piping; it’s been happening for decades.
And so, when I met a fellow entrepreneur at an associate’s business’s ribbon cutting, and he revealed to me that he had left the Motherland 30 years ago, compared with my twenty, he rose considerably in my estimation. In fact, the first White South Africans started emigrating en masse in 1976. Those were the most insightful – most of them, unsurprisingly, Jewish. By now, over a million have left. For many, it’s too late.
In business, some things should not be a sudden revelation; unless of course, you’re new to entrepreneurship, in which case you’re in for some unsettling discoveries, unless you align yourself with some astute guides. As Confucius taught, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” In this context, easy is appealing to intelligent people.
Sadly there are still a few who think they can learn from government-sponsored entrepreneur courses or a large proportion of college professors who have never run a successful business. That’s like learning to cook from a burger flipper in a bar or learning to fly an aircraft by reading a manual; just silly.
Others start businesses and don’t know when to quit, like the proverbial frog in water that is slowly being heated, or like the South Africans who think a change in their government will miraculously solve their problems, or the even slower types who are now carefully considering which country they should choose in order to emigrate, like the drowning man who thinks deeply about which rescue buoy to grab. Time is running out – fast. Don’t get stuck with the sunk cost fallacy.
Why did those smart people start emigrating from South Africa in 1976? They had access to information that most of us didn’t have. They had money, they had traveled overseas, they had high IQ’s, and they received advice from smart people. And the longer people waited, the less their money was worth, the less they could take out of the country, the longer it took to emigrate, they were older, and the harder it was to sell their houses. Time is money. Lost opportunity is expensive. Early adopters benefit all the way to the bank and in many other ways, too.
For most people, the future we face is very different from what we thought we would encounter just a few years ago. The writing was on the wall if we considered the rise in technology, automation, and the Internet, our aging population, the growth of socialism in western countries, and the collapse of morality. It’s time to trim our sails accordingly, and not to wait until were aground on the rocks. This is a wakeup call. Reveille.
When we created an opportunity for others to participate in our business, were bore these things in mind, in addition to the fact that you seldom make real money or have enough time to enjoy your life by selling your time, and the reality is that most people are not good at selling or recruiting. So we built in everything people need, including on-going coaching and guidance and Leverage and Collaboration.
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