I was listening to an interview on the radio recently talking about entrepreneurs in the State of Iowa. Apparently we are ranked ahead of the national curve for residents starting up their own businesses, but are lagging way behind on these businesses "taking off" to the Fortune 500 level. Granted I didn't hear the whole interview and may have misunderstood the intent behind the statement but it kinda torked me off.
What is it with people in this country assuming bigger is better? Why is it presumed that everyone should climb the corporate ladder and every business owner should want their business to expand to monolithic proportions? Aren't small, stable businesses just as valuable an asset to our economy as those corporate giants who employ thousands? Aren't those smaller businesses more likely to retain their employees during recessions like the one we've been experiencing?
It's not just the business world either. Writers are just as guilty of this mind game. We dream of agents and publishing contracts and the NYT list and having sales like JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyer or (insert any blockbuster author here). That's great, and I'm not telling you not to dream about those things, but rather to ask yourself if that's what YOU want? We've been programmed to believe those are the measures of success for a writer, and so we decide that's what we must achieve. But are they the appropriate measure of success?
I'm not here to get into a debate with anyone. In fact, I've deleted two whole paragraphs of my rant and am stepping off my soapbox now leaving it free for someone else.