For most of us we get educated, train for a job or career. When we set up a business or start a job we institute routines for ourselves. As time passes we get caught up in dealing with what comes our way on a day to day basis working with these routines and skills. We rarely have the luxury of being able to sit back and look at what we are doing objectively, with fresh eyes. Eventually new, younger people invade our workspace and point out to us that we are old-fashioned, behind the times, wasting our time and not utilizing the amazing new technology at our disposal. How do we feel when this happens?
Fair is fair and I feel compelled to point out that President Mubarak got no training for the position of President of Egypt. He was a trained air force pilot. He lead a country to stability and an economy with only 9% unemployment today – a better performance than many western countries experiencing at the moment! Like those of us in business or with careers/jobs he got caught up in the day to day business of the running the country and co-ordinating peace efforts in the entire Middle East as well as courting and enticing foreign investment and trade to Egypt. Yes, like the rest of us he fell behind in many ways – but which one of us could have managed a job of the magnitude of that of the Presidency and protection of Egypt?
Egypt has a large potential workforce but in comparison to the size of the population of Egypt and the speed at which that population is growing it is sadly lacking in industries across all spectrums. There are government grants available – but to avail of the grants you have to have an idea, you have to be willing to work your heart out to bring it to fruition, you have to have problem solving skills, in short you need a whole range of personal traits and be willing to put yourself on the line and take a chance. Egypt needs Entrepreneurs not critics. Egypt needs economic heros and heroines not mindless grabbers. Egypt needs it’s people to stop, breath and think. Egypt needs it’s people to be smart enough to notice who is manipulating them, how they are being manipulated and refuse to be manipulated by faceless entities of self-serving interests.