December 07, 2018
Business People Aren't Super Villains
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The Joker. The Grinch. Darth Vader. A business person. All
It used to be that business people were regarded with high esteem. Unless you worked in farming or for the government, it was probably that you worked for a business. In the book Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Daniel Lapin offers a commandment of sorts – business is good. For millennia, millions of people have engaged in business to provide for their families and to provide for others. Business should be thought of as honorable and dignified because it is.
Unfortunately, we’ve allowed our entertainment and news outlets to define acceptable levels of success. High-profit margins are dismissed as the product of malevolence and malfeasance. Companies and executives are shamed into donations. Perhaps we forget that their business efforts positively contribute to society by providing a wanted good or service and by providing jobs, both directly and indirectly. Our judgment on business people is misdirected.
We’ve bought into a scarcity mentality. We begin to think that when someone else succeeds our own chances to achieve have been diminished. There may be no greater fallacy. There is no limit to success – no limit to your success, to my
Business is good. People who conduct business are honorable and decent. If not, the market will shut them down in due time. Refuse to buy into the myth that making money is evil. Accept that the rare time you see or hear of business wrongdoing on the news, it’s the exception and not the rule. And separate the fantasy from reality when you watch nefarious executives in movies. If you’re not working for a business, you’re buying from a business. Business is good.
Here's to looking at the bright side.
©Brightside Advisers 2018
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