I went to this month’s BlinkBl-nk session and it was seriously quite a party with lots of brains passed around the room(or maybe I was just seated in the right part of the venue). Part of this month’s speaker lineup was this guy who spoke about how entrepreneurs are like geishas. He went on to talk about how both start out in debt and work their way to pay it off, both start out at the bottom of the food chain, etc… Normal comparisons. Interesting, but normal.
But then he talks about being profit driven and that entrepreneurs are driven by one thing and one thing only – profit. And this is the part that gets to me because, that may be the motivations of some people, I think it’s rarely the right motivations for most successful entrepreneurs. And the reason why I say that is quite simple – money is merely a means to an end. Whether a business entity or an individual, cash is used to ‘buy dreams’. For the latter it might be about buying a nice house or going on vacations. For the former, it could be to spread or achieve the mission of the company. Yes, companies have to be mindful of the bottom-line and maximise profits… but only so far as it helps to maximise growth or the pursuit of the dream.
I hope it was a joke when he says he would sell his grandmother’s ashes if someone actually wanted to buy it. Gee.
It’ll be sad if we had a society of rich but soul-less bunch of people.
Oh wait. Aren’t we already like that?