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May 31, 2019 18:13:42

Make Veggies, Not War

by @basilesamel PATRON | 212 words | 381πŸ”₯ | 429πŸ’Œ

Basile Samel

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War is a recurring metaphor in entrepreneurship. It's not only a ridiculous idea, but also a dangerous school of thought.

Real entrepreneurship success is not about how much money you make, it's about how many lives you impact positively. It should be a creative force driven by collaboration, not a destructive one.

War is for losers. No party involved will ever get something good out of it. Picturing entrepreneurs as warriors is just plain dumb, encouraging it is madness: that's how you drive people to burn themselves out.

There is no war to win, no enemies to vanquish.

The war narrative is convenient to convey strong emotions, to lift the crowds by using their most primal instincts. It's an inspiring chord to strike appealing to those who lack self-esteem.

Anyone resorting to this cheap clichΓ© fails to realize spartanizing is love for wisdom, not love for war

I prefer picturing entrepreneurs as gardeners.

We grow products. We plant many seeds, not all become crops. It takes patience and discipline. One flower is no garden, diversity is the key to sustainability. There is an ecosystem to respect, disrupting without conscience is but the ruin of the  Earth. A garden is nothing but an embellishment of Nature: you can guide it, not control it.

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    @basilesamel nice post! I love nature-related metaphors for entrepreneurship as well. The whole "business is war" narrative, the corporate warrior, killing your competition, is so exhausting to read. It's so lizard brain, and it brings out the worst in people, short-term gain over long term sustainability, and glorifying workaholism. Yes, the world needs a new metaphor for it, gardening seems a good one. How will you spread this further?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 01, 2019 21:40:09
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      @jasonleow Yes! You explained it perfectly :D No idea :P Maybe with my own acts rather than with words.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 01, 2019 15:56:42
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      @basilesamel nice! Actions speak louder than words.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 01, 2019 22:02:42
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    @basilesamel - I am not a fan of war either. Never like it in books or movies. It kills my energy.

    I like the gardeners suggestion. I took a class about marketing and the consistent advice was to focus on the ways to improve the lives of others.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 31, 2019 14:12:59
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