Another company goes under each week, these days. And ever since the beginning, we’ve heard that bailouts are the best way to keep our economy afloat. After several trillion dollars have already been spent to keep this economy going, businesses from outside the financial sector have begun asking for a bailout. Is this REALLY what we want to do with our country’s future?
I’m tired of hearing the sob stories of failing business. It’s not that I don’t care about people. It’s that I don’t care about catering to people’s comfort zones. Is your business failing? Why is that? Maybe it wasn’t managed properly. Maybe it wasn’t built around a solid business plan. Maybe it just wasn’t designed to be recession proof.
So, is there an alternative to bailout? Is there something else that can be done other than handing out money to businesses who can’t remain independently healthy? I think there is. It’s tough love. It’s painful, but I think it would work.
The answer? Start over. Let a failing business die. If it cannot survive through normal channels, then so be it. Consider this recession to be a litmus test. But rather than looking for a handout, look at new ways to do business.
It’s time to start again. It’s time to rethink the way we do business. It’s time we demand a higher standard than just what will turn the most profits. What business can you create that saves natural resources? What REAL needs can you meet in an ethical, responsible way and still run a profitable business?
When turning a profit is the only goal, we make morally compromising decisions. The end justifies the means, right? We look at pollution in gradations of negativity. We don’t demand excellence from ourselves. We don’t push the envelope nearly enough. How can you leave this world better off than when you entered it? Companies like Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerrys, Toms, and dozens more prove that success does not have to come at the cost of our people or our planet.
We need a higher standard. We to reduce energy consumption while maximizing renewable natural resources. We need to provide people in need with training and supplies. We need to be more. We need to be better stewards of the creative minds God has given us.