Just A Thought On Entrepreneurship


“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

~Confucius (apparently)

(Prologue)

[Good day. My name is Donald Thomas. Welcome to my first blog. I have  been thinking about writing blogs for a long time now and I decided this is the perfect platform to speak about a subject I’m quite passionate about, entrepreneurship. I will say this once and never again. My opinions are a product of my experience, beliefs, and my take of things I have read. I in no way believe that they are gospel and to me anything I say is subject to debate or discussion. I welcome it, so if you disagree with anything I say, I welcome your comments. ]

In the world we live in today the word “entrepreneurship” is a trending topic. We live in the internet age , and  we are constantly fed stories of the young who persevered through adversity and ascended to greatness even at a young age. I have only been interested in being self employed a little less than 10 years now and during that time I have encountered the stories of great people such as the late Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and I can continue this list for several lines. Some of these people had humble beginnings; starting from almost nothing and ascending into world notoriety, and building  multi-billion dollar empires, in a relatively short space of time. I have spent a great deal of time comparing myself to these people and analyzing the differences between us. I will tell you that that compiled list can also carry on for several lines, however that is not the subject of this post.

Have you ever wondered if these great men were just in the right place at the right time? I live in little Grenada, a small island near the southern end of the Caribbean. I have also had a keen interest in the sciences in the latter years of my life, and I have spent those years enthralled in stories of anomalies. Google defines an anomaly as “something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.”  The richest 1% of the world’s population, to me, fits this definition since they have achieved something that separates them from the 99% standard of the rest of the human race. In my little country, I cannot readily think of a single person who has elevated themselves to be equal with these great names in our entire established history. I often wonder why that is.entrepreneurship-image

In my pondering I have come up with a few theories, but I will only share the 2 that make the most sense to me:

  1. In the United States and other such large countries, there are far more people who are born at a far more frequent rate than in a small country like Grenada. Therefore, the probability of a “genius” being born is much higher in larger countries than in a small country like this, which if I had a guess, in its entire history as an established independent  country, has produced no more than 10 million +/- people.
  2. These people just coincidentally happened to be the right people in the right place at the right time.

It is the second theory that I want to draw your attention to. I wondered, if any of these great people were born and raised on this little island, but somehow ended up with the same disposition they had when they started their empire, how would they have turned out? Would they still be the people they are today? Would they have been able to achieve their mind blowing accomplishments if they started here? Could they have become what they became on an island like this? Some may say no, they would have had to move to America in order to achieve the wealth and prestige they hold today. To that I ask, are you saying anyone who wants to achieve similar accomplishments must leave our humble island and seek out the opportunities afforded by larger nations? On the other hand, would they have still achieved their notability, perhaps in some different field? To be honest; my opinion is that there are many roads to the same destination.

In this age where education is just a few clicks away, and some of the highest earning businesses exist mostly in cyberspace, all it takes is the right idea and the willingness to go further than everyone else. What you need to do is make the necessary sacrifices, keep calling back even when they say no, get up when you have fallen, and understand that most overnight successes were years in the making. It is not fear, or procrastination, or bad habits that are going to keep you from shooting for the stars. All these things can be overcame. Like Wayne Gretzky once said. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” . Inaction is worse than making the wrong choice.
With that said, welcome to JobBot and I hope this website helps you find your ideal life’s work. See you on the other side.

Donald Thomas

signing out…

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3 thoughts on “Just A Thought On Entrepreneurship”

  1. Those great names you mentioned above, truly made an impact on the technological and highly competed world we know and live in today. I believe if those men were born and raised on our little Spice Island, things would have had a different outcome.

    I say this not to discourage anyone who has dreams of being one of those men some day. But simply based on my experience, which again could be up for debate.

    Grenada is a beautiful island, with wonderful people who has dreams and goals as big and high as the stars. Sadly, there isn’t much opportunities for those people.

    Firstly, our nation is still a developing country which lacks the infrastructure it deserves . There isn’t many companies or community projects that is set up to show our many gifts and talents.

    Secondly, the lack of support from our beloved people. There is a saying that “Locals does not support locals,” do I believe it? Yes, I do. We have a tendency to believe the grass is always greener on the other side, or that anything regional or international is better than what we have here at home. As a result, our brothers and sisters who has big dreams are outshined, put down, and discourage from pursuing what they really want to do; thus, the talents they possessed are wasted.

    With that being said, if those individuals were raised or migrated to a country with equal or better opportunities, I would definitely say, he/she would become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

  2. I agree that living in a small island state has its disadvantages when it comes to exploring your options for economic and professional success but we can not dismiss the possibility of “making it big” right here in our beautiful Grenada.

    The problems is two fold in my opinion, one is that we see success from a personal, one man point of view and not as a holistic nation wide concept so therefore it is hard to develop the necessary framework in the country that will accommodate the great minds we have.

    Take for instance Japan, a small Island that we through a world war, two atomic bombs, nuclear melt down, and constant Typhoons and yet they manage to be a world power even with no natural resource and poor agricultural land. They developed a one for all development strategy and now they can boast of having many billionaires. So you see we have to think less about one person “making it” and more about everyone getting opportunity to make it better.

    The second point is that we fail to take advantage of our global cyber market that is at our reach. more millionaires are being made online than in any other market arena of the world. a website, like an idea, has no respect for geographical boundaries and so we can have a million dollar website if we are willing to put in the work and the necessary resources.

    so in conclusion I say, yes, it is possible for a small islander to make despite our major disadvantages.

    • Thank you for your response! Japan is indeed a special case and I fully agree that a lot of Japan’s success comes from their cohesive nature as a people. The Japanese have a strong patriotic nature, their history is full of people putting state before self. They also have an umcommon work ethic and almost unrivaled discipline, certainly we can all take a chapter from their book. What you say about the cyber market is true as well, though I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about if a Caribbean based online business can achieve a level of critical mass to rival sites and apps like facebook and snapchat. I personally like to think of the Caribbean as a region that is thought of as an incidental market, not really specifically catered for and I think we have problems that are unique to our region that can be a potential gold mine for the persons with the right ideas. Thanks for your thought provoking comment

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