Running a profitable business is a great pleasure and honor to founders and CEOs. Watching them on the media, we can see how happy and content they are. In such moments, we hardly think of what it takes to develop a similar business. We do not think about natural traits business owners possess and about skills they learned at schools and on personal experience. After all, running a company, even a small one, is not all flowers.
Before deciding to invest a considerable amount of time and money into one’s own business, people need to know a few things about entrepreneurship. Passion is the quality we require first. We have to love what we do and to see a great prospect in it. In the competitive market, no one will love our business if we do not put it in the first place. For a young entrepreneur, learning about business and marketing is also a must. We have to not merely love our startup but put it in the hearts of others. Once we have started, we shall never lose our determination. To keep the business alive and thriving, we have to constantly work on it. Working on a business plan today and taking a day off tomorrow will not do because we can lose the precious opportunities we have.
And last, being a business owner is not always as bright as it looks in the media. At the early stages, many entrepreneurs may spend days and nights including weekends around their startup. Beginners hardly have time for anything but business, which makes their friends and family feel neglected. Next, people often underestimate the price of their startups. Only after they got started, entrepreneurs realize that they need more resources for implementation. Time and money are serious things that can mar one’s business experience at the very beginning. So entrepreneurs have to be ready to most unexpected things on their way.
Unemployment is always a problem of dysfunctional public and private sectors. We lack job places not because there are too many people. Practically, there is enough of work to engage everyone in the society. But if there are not enough businesses to address the existing problems and cater to human needs, the unemployment emerges. Advanced education and developed entrepreneurship create fertile ground for emerging businesses. They curb unemployment creating workplaces for people to fill.
Therefore, entrepreneurship allows people to launch startups and hire others. On the other hand, going through business studies at high school or college, young people are more capable to escape unemployment themselves. Studying entrepreneurship is about fostering analytical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Using these skills, young people can better find their place in the variety of jobs existing at the moment. Unemployment also happens as people get unable to analyze the markets, their offers, and demands.
It may look like not so many young people strive to become entrepreneurs. In fact, there are much more of them who want to launch their own business. These people either have no access to quality business education or cannot reach for a help of more seasoned business leaders. Students in developing markets, like China or Mexico, are most willing to make a career in business. Therefore, we have a great potential for creating more jobs in countries where unemployed people need them most.
Becoming an entrepreneur is very American. In this country, many people dream to shape their destiny and assure well-being through creating their own business. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to say that a perfect society consists of entrepreneurs only. There are plenty of other occupations that are interesting and valuable in the 21st-century context. Similarly, business studies are not designed for future entrepreneurs only. They provide knowledge essential to various professionals in science, technology, social work, healthcare, and education.
The point of entrepreneurship is to teach students to be innovative and creative. All of us need to analyze problems and develop solutions every now and then, to create new ideas and make them solve existing problems. Creative thinking makes us genuinely productive even if we do not perform any titanic tasks. Entrepreneurship studies help students foster innovation that is required for most occupations in the 21st century.
Those taking business studies have a better orientation in economy and job market. There is a common trend for students to work outside their academic field after they graduate. Business studies help young people to define current demand in the marketplace and the potential of existing workplaces to satisfy their demands.
Importantly, entrepreneurship helps to develop problem-solving skills. We come across problems every time, and it is most useful to analyze why they happen and how to solve them without inflicting a relapse. Business studies teach us to take an alternative view on a problem to get to its core.
These and many more qualities are the advantages of a business student. They will help everyone who works for other people, and future business owners will get a bonus. Business studies will help them avoid a long way of learning from their own mistakes promoting their own brand. There is no need to reinvent the wheel if we may look at the existing experience.
The history of feminism had started yet before suffragists came out to the London streets. Its roots go back as far as Ancient Greece. Plato’s The Republic was probably the first written text to mention the inequality in functions of men and women that impaired the philosopher’s perfect state. Despite the very restricted role of women in the ancient society, they made surprisingly strong characters of Greek myths.
Everything began in the 19th century. Having been excluded from public affairs for ages, women became tired of the male pressure. Wives of rich men were abused by their husbands, and poor women of the low and middle class watched their men wasting money in pubs. Deprived of any rights for own children or property, women concluded the first Women’s Rights Convention in New York, 1848. Women’s rights advocates met regularly in Great Britain, where females were even more disadvantaged.
The first win of the feminists was the Representation of the People Act (1918) that granted the vote to British women over 30 who owned houses. In 1919, the US Constitution granted voting rights for women in all states. Later, feminist revised their social and political inequalities. Employed women required extra protection in the workplace. Also, they needed better education to find their place in society. The Equal Right Amendment to the US Constitution passed to the Congress in 1972 guaranteed equal property, employment and more rights to people irrespective of their sex.
As the second wave of feminism failed to end discrimination in 1960s-80s, the third wave challenged the supremacy of white upper-middle-class women in the movement. Racial discrimination, sexual minority status, reproductive rights, and domestic violence became prior issues since the late 20th century. In 2011, the Council of Europe adopted the Istanbul Convention that condemned violence against women. In 2012, the government of Argentina recognized gender identity of transgender people that is also considered as a victory of the present-day feminism.
When interests of different governments, officials, or communities clash, we get a conflict. Parties with inconsistent views, beliefs, or the impaired balance of power often start a confrontation that grows into a conflict. The most severe armed conflicts are revolving in Afghanistan, Mexico, Syria, and Iraq. A considerable part of Africa is plagued with wars while Asia is a home to multiple minor conflicts besides wars in the Middle East.
Violence is a common determinant of the conflict. We rate wars according to the number of victims, and even peaceful demonstrations eventually clash with the police that inflict force against the activists. Nevertheless, there are cold wars that do not involve violence but still, we consider them serious conflicts. Violence is often thought to bring resolution to a conflict, though it is a slippery slope. In the case with international conflicts, violence provokes aggression, which makes it difficult for any party to end up the conflict.
Traditional methods of resolving conflicts are a diplomatic, military, and economic influence. Threats and the use of force are also the classical way of dealing with unrest. Balancing of conflicting interests through negotiations was used during Cold War. After World War II, America and Europe saw peacemaking alliances form to keep international order and prevent further conflicts. Though the UN and other organizations helped in resolving minor conflicts, they could not put end to prolonged wars in the Middle East.
Peaceful resolution of international and domestic conflicts is the only way to stop them from escalating. Economic influence can be an effective regulator of international relations if applied timely and wisely. Domestic conflicts, however, are not so easy to end without violence. The party in power is always interested in suppressing the uprising, and democratic order may be the only stimulus to promote a peaceful resolution.