Small business as the foundation of the state

After writing an article about my time in college, I decided to focus this one on the business world. I’d like to talk about my coworkers’ and my own experiences, which aren’t directly related to my current position. My network of friends spans the globe from the northern hemisphere to the southern reaches of Asia. But don’t worry, this isn’t going to be yet another biassed piece about labour conditions in other countries. If I had the chance to continue my study at a reputable university in my profession or work for a company that was among the best in the world at what I wanted to do, I might consider leaving Croatia. If I did, I doubt I could stay for more than two years before wanting to return to Croatia for good. It’s crucial to put some distance between oneself and the doomsayers who say there’s no hope or that the only way out is to leave the building. Even while visiting other countries is a wonderful way to broaden my perspective and learn about other ways of life, I always end up feeling like my true home is in the state where I was born and where everything is fantastic, despite the fact that some people attempt to convince me otherwise. Let’s go back to business, though. Our nation is so stunning that we might travel here for years and never exhaust its cultural, natural, and especially gastronomic offerings. In short, there is much to be done, but so far, the majority of Croats have not adapted to neoliberal economics in the way that the rest of the country has.

Even though the present moment is all we have, we choose to ignore it. Similarly to our decisions about colleges and careers, we typically enrol in elementary and secondary schools without giving it much thought. We hate flexibility, and we despise the working conditions in private businesses; if we had our way, everyone would work for the government while sipping coffee and snacking on burek. This whole thing isn’t surprising at all. While running a restaurant, cafe, or apartment complex isn’t inherently wrong, it becomes problematic when those are our primary sources of income. There are, however, signs that we are gradually adapting to the Croatian way of doing things. We need to first help ourselves and our employees, then the state, but there is still a shortage of imagination, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It’s true that the government isn’t exactly supportive of start-ups; it’s also true that we might be lacking in original thought as a result of the great exodus of our people abroad; however, these people do exist; they are hiding among us; we just don’t know it because their achievements didn’t make it into Story or Gloria but rather magazines with strange names, and because newspaper articles about them tend to be short. Here in the Sunshine State, we have some seriously cool businesses that do important work for the globe at large and don’t give a hoot about local acclaim as long as they’re getting their jobs done. Is there anything more desirable than working in Split or Zagreb for an American or a Scandinavian? To be well compensated for your efforts and to share in the bounty of your country? We should not assume that the market ceases at the Slovenian or Serbian border, as this is not the case.

Small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the initiative and bravery of the common man, will ensure that the common man’s goal will be realised. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket is something I’ll never forget hearing from a teacher in high school. Spread your risk around, spread it around, spread it around…” That’s a plausible account. Similarly, you shouldn’t put all of your money into your business and hope for the best while you wait.

tomorrow. You’re always on the prowl for better work and career prospects. It’s fantastic if you’re happy with your current situation, but the vast majority of people aren’t. So, take the initiative and do a thorough self-examination. To what extent may the international market benefit from my wares? How can I make a living doing what I enjoy? Do I feel confident enough to strike out on my own as a business owner? If you really dig deep and ask yourself a lot of questions, you will eventually find the answers. People who would rather not deal with economic and administrative foolishness may find it rewarding to work for someone else. While some seek complete independence from authority figures. Don’t be afraid of the state or failure or anything; we’re all different and that’s good. It is a frequent misconception that failure actually occurs. Failure is merely a step along the road to achievement; the journey itself is the reward. Few business owners have achieved sustained early success in their endeavours. That’s not to say that there aren’t any dishonest people operating under the guise of “entrepreneur” in Croatia. When I think of the entrepreneurs that Croatia needs and, with your help, will have, I picture them. Everything else is just an illusion, and the story is actually rather straightforward: there is work for everyone, always. You can work if you want to. In a sick modern society, moments when the illusion of unable to work are generated frequently; yet, it is important to recognise this, plan for it, and consider the long-term prospects of one’s workplace or business. Don’t just sit around and hope things turn out for the best; get out and get them.

Certain occupations are being eliminated while others are being created at a rate that is unprecedented in recent history. Put on a happy face and get ready. Create a job for yourself if you can’t find one. Something is always in need, so you work hard to provide it. While I was taught that stimulating consumer demand was impossible, recent events have shown that this is not necessarily the case. Those that pursue their passions—whether it be souvenirs, cakes, or boats—who succeed at doing so while still contributing to society and the economy have my utmost respect. I respect those who are able to work from home and still provide valuable services to the world by programming, creating, or analysing for total strangers. I have a lot of respect for those who make good use of their resources rather than letting them wither away. All of them have sold their aspirations, their products, and their services, and I appreciate them for it. Regardless of how sloppy this may seem, I’m content with them being together. Someone else would probably go crazy if they had to do my job because it’s so dull and/or physically demanding. But I am enjoying every bit of information, every megabyte, server, model, and algorithm as it comes. I pray that you will be the agent of change we seek in our state and that you will find fulfilment in your work. Some ideas suggest that if just one percent of the population adopts a new behaviour, the trend will spread to the rest of the population. It takes around 200 people, says this ancient proverb, to push us in the direction of success, happiness, and prosperity.

Are you one of the lucky two hundred?

Also, the idea that 200 is significant is not something that our late president, Tudjman, ever proposed.

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