The opportunities before us

The white men who came to America were running from the lack of opportunity and the constraints of old, entrenched beliefs in Europe. The continual debates, often leading to wars, over theological and philosophical beliefs, and political and economic power. When they declared independence from the prevailing empires of the age, they did not know how significant their actions were.

Little did they realize that the actions of their 13 colonies would result in the largest mass genocide in the history of the human race on the way to becoming the beacon on the hill for freedom and democracy. De Tocqueville foresaw the consequences of the launching of the arrow of freedom when he wrote: “The more I advanced in the study of American society, the more I perceived that the equality of conditions is the fundamental fact from which all others seem to be derived…” (Tocqueville, Alexis De (2007-06-13). Democracy in America, Volume I and II (Optimized for Kindle) (Kindle Locations 700-701). . Kindle Edition.)

Looking back over the 180 years since De Tocqueville observed this fundamental fact of American democracy, we can see the successive movements calling for the equality of conditions: from slave to free, from disenfranchised social conditions for “colored people” to legislation creating equality for african americans, from the limited possibilities for women to the results of the feminist movement, and from the closeted life of gay, lesbian, and transgendered people to their social and legal recognition today–through all these struggles, we can see the thread of the cry for equality of conditions.

We see the same today in the calls for attention to be paid to the gap between the majority and the wealthiest Americans. The cry is not against the wealth itself, but against the inequality of conditions that lead to an inordinate amount of power and influence by the wealthiest.

The public conversation about equality of conditions is most apparent in the current political controversies. At the same time, there is a quieter conversation in the conference rooms of small and medium-sized businesses in America. These businesses create the most new jobs, produce the largest amount of GDP, and are the engine of the national economy. 40% to 50% of new jobs are created by small business (less than 500 employees).

What if we could grow small businesses by 10% to 15% in the next year? What if we could increase the productivity of the existing employees by 25%? What if all those businesses hitting the ceiling learned how to get beyond the inevitable experience of overwhelm, limitation, and stagnation. The Entrepreneurial Operating Systems provides small businesses with insights, techniques, and disciplines to align everyone in the organization with the common vision. See more at www.traction-guide.com.

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