We live in a day and age where, at least in our culture, there’s not much to truly die for. Now you might be asking, Ballantyne, why would you want to live anywhere where you might have to die for something?! It’s not a matter of if we have to, it’s a matter of do we believe in something so strongly that we’re willing to do what ever it takes to see it come to fruition.
It’s the to-die-for visions and missions that make our world an awesome space to live in. Those visionary people end up impacting our community, country and world for the better. Simply, it’s a matter of passion. And I think the main-stream media, our education system and even our business culture somehow, has dulled our need for passion and therefore we go about aimless and in servitude to others rather than stepping up and doing what makes us come alive.
No longer do we reach beyond our grasp to opportunities that are worth the risk of failure, pain or yes, even death. With that, we tend to be lulled into a trance of complacency, settling for mediocrity at best. Normalcy and tolerance is raised far above uniqueness, creativity and passion. We’ve nurtured an entire generation to be afraid of risk. Don’t rock the boat!
This system of keeping things “under control”, may have created what seems to be stability, but it’s also created a generation of aimless, passionless people. Maclean’s magazine recently sited that there’s an entire generation of graduates stepping out of university into a market that is not demanding the skills they were incited to learn.
They feel unfulfilled, even duped, and worse off, carrying a massive debt. Our schools are preparing people for jobs of the past. And our youth are still being told, follow the crowd, get a degree and you’re set for life. Although education is part of the issue, I’ll save my Education Renovation rant for another time.
Today, I want to focus on how we as entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs, need to break though the mediocrity to grasp hold of a life changing mission and help others do the same.