Signs of progress are there if you pay attention

I’m leading a very young technical team and as I get to know them I’m impressed with their passion and commitment to personal growth.  It makes me think of a bigger picture, of our economy as being the product of the liberalization (the non-political definition) of our school systems over the last 50 years and the general promotion of independent thought we encourage in our younger generations.  Criticism can certainly be made of those statements but it’s hard to argue with evidence.  It seems to me that younger generations are more accepting now of the need to take control of their own destiny.  And it manifests itself in very private ways, as in the conversations they have with their bosses, for example.  I think this particular behavior is very positive.

The media constantly bemoans the alleged scarcity of innovation and implores the government to do something to kickstart it.  I think that’s the wrong approach because innovation must stem from the private pondering and desires of individuals.  Governments cannot trigger those with short-term infusions of cash that reward specific industries or institutions.  A better approach is to continue to encourage our young to think independently and (yes) be seduced by whatever will motivate them to make improvements that benefit them by benefiting society at large.  The allure of personal reward (money, fame, personal happiness, etc) triggers a person to push themselves to make improvements that, in turn, make more valuable the product of their work.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

4 Responses to Signs of progress are there if you pay attention

  1. Robert Alvarez says:

    Very true Pete. Especially the comment about encouraging the youth to be innovative and create that growth in the economy. You sound like some conservatives down here in the US. And that is not a bad thing.

  2. Peter Armaly says:

    Haha…yes, that thought crossed my mind and I wondered how my non-conservative friends would perceive this post. Oh well.

  3. Robert Alvarez says:

    Well that’s politics and I agree and support that theme. That is how North America became the powerhouse that it is(was), from people building their business, not government doing it for them. I had forgotten what you Majored in until i read this observation. Keep them coming. LOL

  4. Jeff Gendron says:

    Great post Peter!
    I agree, the drive to succeed must come from within.

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