It takes just one of those trips to the open-air market to cast one’s mind back to a time when everybody was pretty much an entrepreneur or self-employed, which is not to say I was around during that time because then I’d be a few hundred years old! It’s in the history books of course, but not in a direct manner, i.e. you probably won’t find a book that talks directly about the fact that everyone was once pretty much an entrepreneur.
The word “entrepreneur” probably didn’t even exist when pretty much everybody in the world was one of those, but everyone was indeed self-employed and working for themselves, pretty much.
So how it worked was that the world’s population wasn’t as explosively big as it currently is and the laws of nature pretty much governed how we lived, behaved and developed as a species. Consequently “we” would go out into the world and operate as something of hunter-gatherers, even in that period of time which was characterised by the ushering-in of the development and evolution of technology. Our ancestors would go out and “hustle,” but it ultimately all came down to making sure you can feed yourself and your family and that you have enough resources to sustain your life.
Entertainment definitely existed as well and that was perhaps the beginning of the services industry as more and more people realised that other people are willing to pay good money for services – for things to get done for them.
Otherwise everybody who worked to provide for themselves and their families would eventually realise that there is some kind of surplus to work with, and beyond the practice of bartering they would then sell the surplus for money.
Whenever things get a bit too complicated by way of human resources management in this day and age and in our specific organisation, we always just seek to take things back to those days when things were a little simpler.
These entrepreneurs of yesteryear focused on the stuff that matters and didn’t waste too much of their time on the things that don’t really matter.
And as time progressed there was more of a gravitation towards a more community based approach to development and progress, which is why you would have never had to make use of the services of something like a law firm specialising in Minnesota elder abuse. An old age home as suggested by the example would have been operated by someone who is known to the immediate community and all the elders they’d be taking care of would in effect be respected as elders of the community, probably having had a hand in raising the staff that is now in charge of looking after them.
These days things are a little different, depicting what is perhaps the darker side of globalisation, but all this means is that you simply need to be wiser about the purchasing choices you make. You cannot simply trust the system as it is and you have to make provision for back-up plans to be effected should things not quite work out the way they’re supposed to.