Does the self-made man really exist? Or are they another narrative fed to us in this of the age of spin. The idea of social position depending on hard work and initiative is not a new concept. There is prevailing idea that the class a person is born into would influence the type of education their children would get, the neighborhood they live in, the types of services they had access to, and their opportunities and expectations for social advancement.
Entrepreneurship has been idolized in newspapers, books, interviews, speeches and literature, bestowing a messiah complex to the successful that “made it on their own”. The myth of the self-made man is still promoted by business-people despite decreasing social mobility and growing inequity. Yet no one ever takes the time to share how some if not all of the following people played a role; family, friends, associates, advisors, enemies, mentors, coaches, authors and the list keeps going. Just look at the impact Andrew Sardanis left on the Zambian economy over 50 years earlier:
When Andrew Sardanis took over Indeco in 1964, he expanded the role of the small organization he found. He initiated studies for various projects and boosted loans to Zambian's to more than 50% of all loans granted. The experience gained by young Zambian's whom Sardanis recruited to Indeco at the time contributed to the nucleus of Zambian entrepreneurs.
This myth of a self-made man has created a reality in which there is neither responsibility nor the need to take care of one another, including those most vulnerable among us. It’s each man for himself and God for us all.
We need to recognize that we live in a dynamic and uncertain world. We should acknowledge all workers multiple talents. There is no correlation between hard work and economic success. And really big money doesn't come from working, it comes from owning assets.
STHRZ13 – Talent and Skill Development For Zambian Youth, Episode 13.
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Mwape is the host, co-creator and editorial director of the Startup Hour Radio Show. A co-production of Power FM Zambia and Startup Junction that takes listeners on a journey through the world of Zambian entrepreneurship.