There are those claiming to be holding certificates of higher learning in the field of business studies. But such certificates are of no significance, as long as not in the business of catering for the needs of customers, more than profit-making. There is no magic formula to succeed in any business enterprise.
The opposite of survival is generated by self-centeredness. The easiest way of measuring whether one is surviving or succumbing is by gauging between altruism and self-centeredness. The way toward hell is as simple as pursuing the principle of self-centeredness, just as the way towards survival is altruism.
Altruism is the idea of considering the survival of other fellow humans, ahead of one’s survival. A successful business considers the benefits of the clients, more than the interests of the business owner. Any business succeeds, as long as paying attention to the needs of customers. Profits should be factored in after the consideration of the interests of the customers.
Providing for other people’s needs does not need to be limited to business. It is a way of life that leads to survival instead of self-centeredness, leading to succumbing. Self-centeredness refers to the consideration of one’s interests, as a means of survival. This implies focusing on personal interests, ahead of others.
Exciting answers can be obtained from infants when asked about their future ambitions. The question would be what those pre-scholars would like to achieve when having grown up. Rarely do those children maintain what they would have blurted out during those infantile interviews. They would soon forget ever having responded that way, within a short space of time.
Adults appear as enjoying to listen to such childish responses. Children’s choices are often motivated by what they observed as exciting in their surroundings. Those choices would not be premised on serving other people, necessarily.
I remember my grandson, at the age of three, stating that he wanted to be President Robert Mugabe. This idea may have been spurred by President Mugabe’s regular appearance on the ZBC television screen, viewed as fascinating to the infant. I am not sure what exactly had attracted him to want to become President Mugabe?
Children get attracted by what would not normally attract adults. However, a careful analysis reveals that even adults behave similarly. They get attracted by what benefits them, rather than what benefits other people.
The majority of scholars prefer pursuing professions with higher remunerations, ahead of benefitting other people. Scholars are ordinarily attracted by high-paying professions unless limited by incapacity. In a self-centred environment, rarely do people think in terms of benefitting other people.
That mentality is not only dangerous; it portrays what has led our country to its current chaotic condition. The value of any profession ought to be measured by what benefits other people. Jesus’ services could probably be the only example with the highest degree of serving others more than self.