We need a political economy that, as Julien tweeted yesterday, doesn’t send “the majority of its rewards to people who don’t need any more rewards.”
And we need to celebrate people who heed Steve Jobs’s advice: “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
But the idea of empowering disruptive entrepreneurs and celebrating “little else” is terrible. A society that can celebrate disruptive entrepreneurs needs countless people who show up every day to do non-disruptive, yet extremely important work; you know, like paving roads, keeping sewage systems intact, raising children, educating children, farming, cooking, etc.
Innovation is great. It’s necessary. We need a political climate that encourages – perhaps even favors – it. But let’s not be dogmatic about it. We should enthusiastically celebrate the people who proudly do jobs that aren’t necessarily innovative but are necessary nonetheless. We couldn’t innovate without them.
Agreed. Even transformational entrepreneurs need to eat.