Study Time

Today I finally picked up my degree again.

For those of you that are interested, I’ve transferred from ‘Politics, Philosophy and Economics’ to ‘Leadership and Management’, as the former course became more and more irrelevant to me as I solidified my role at Kerith. The latter course is not only something I find fascinating, but something I can transfer to anything I do in the future. Just so you know.

Anyway, the module I have just started is entitled ‘An Introduction to Business Studies’. Not far into the first chapter, I noticed this sentence:

‘Businesses enable objectives to be achieved that could not be achieved by the efforts of individuals on their own.’

I’ve never looked at it like that before. There seem to be so many negative connotations surrounding the idea of business in the 21st century; certainly from my perspective at least – but this phrase totally shifted my mindset towards it. I love the idea of businesses being something other than a series of manipulative, merciless, money-is-the-master-plan monsters and being, much more simply, a team of people with a mission.

It wasn’t so long ago (relatively speaking) that the only objective that existed on earth was creating a greater quality of  life. I can’t help but think that in the western world in particular, we’re beginning to lose sight of the motives that matter. Are we working for the objectives themselves – the vision – or are we working solely towards the objective’s financial reward?

When it comes down to it, businesses are nothing more than a group of people. So where is the issue? Imagine if we were all working ‘in the business of’ ending poverty and injustice in the world. That’s certainly an objective that could not be achieved by individuals on their own! I’d be lying if I said that money didn’t bother me. It definitely does. Too much. But I’d much rather be part of a generation known for laying that aside and putting everything into saving the lives of billions with a cause that far exceeds anything I can achieve. Steven Furtick, a Pastor from North Carolina, USA made a fantastic comment at a conference last week:

‘If the size of your vision isn’t intimidating to you, there’s every chance that it’s insulting to God.’

I’m GOING to be part of a generation that sees poverty and injustice eradicated from the face of the earth. That’s my objective. That’s my business. Bring it!

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