Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Free Enterprise Has The Power To Create Joy

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.  I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

What free enterprise words are these:  "I am the decisive element."

That says it all!

That defines what freedom, and individual liberty, and endowed rights, and economic self interest, and personal leadership, and individual development, and free-market capitalism, and private property are all about!

Private property?  Yes, we are our own private property.  We improve ourselves, maintain ourselves, we add and subtract value, and grow or diminish ourselves!

And Goethe arrived at that point and found that "frightening conclusion" to play a huge part in his personal success or failure.

Thus it is with free enterprise.  We can be our own best asset or our own worst enemy.  To the extent that we improve (by ourselves and with the help of others) our domain, or our product, or our service, or our abilities, we add value and assets.

When humans are interested in something they tweak it!  I tweak my blogs from time to time.  I tweak my website often, almost daily!  The people who create and manage the apps on our phones are continually offering updates!

That is what free markets do.  And they do it automatically.  There is no overlord directing the ebbs and flows of businesses large and small.  The "Invisible Hand" of the free marketplace is on autopilot, and each of its biggest and smallest parts are doing their own things in response to its direction.

So, as Goethe suggests, knowing is important, but different than applying.  Both must be done.

Wanting and willing to do is not enough; we must be willing to do.

And the power of free enterprise rests within us.

So, let us go!  Leave us to do! 
Let those who are the most knowing get to the successful applying!
Let those who are the most willing and get to the successful doing!

Let those who are the most desirous to experience joy be successful in creating it!

Goethe's conclusion is that we need to realize who we are and then apply ourselves.



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