Maryam Rahimi Blogs!
I'm standing at the top of a hill with captains of old traditions and structures. I look ahead and see uneven grounds with mild peaks. I know what I know & I can make do & more with what the landscape ahead needs. But on this high hill that's built with what seems like an ancient structure, the men rule. How do you tell them past this hill comes landscape with a whole new foundation? How do you convince them to invest in the future today? How do you stretch their imaginations beyond its current state and make them believe?
My father is of baby-boomer generation. Man of tradition and hard work. Results are calculated in dollar amounts. I am generation Millennials. My values are about balance all across the organization. I want to see employee satisfaction, I want to stay on top of international trends, I want to see steady profit flow and I want to be innovative. Can you imagine the battles I have to put up with with my baby boomer father?
According to authors Michael Hais and Morley Winograd, "small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit that Gen Xers embody have become one of the most popular institutions in America. There's been a recent shift in consumer behavior and Gen Xers will join the “idealist generation” in encouraging the celebration of individual effort and business risk-taking. As a result, Xers will spark a renaissance of entrepreneurship in economic life, even as overall confidence in economic institutions declines. Customers, and their needs and wants (including Millennials) will become the North Star for an entire new generation of entrepreneurs"
When I argue these points with my father, he blames the region and it's limitation for not believing in 'my' ideologies and methods in doing business. If I haven't disclosed where we are doing business, it's Kuwait. In the middle east, south of Iraq. He says due to the political problems and the wars going on in Kuwait's surrounding region as well as the foundation of our existing business, my ideologies are nothing but a dream. I say fuck that. I say let's invent a way, a solution to make things work within our current structure.
The war continues. Everyday I fight to instil new ideas and imaginations in these peoples minds, and everyday I get shut down and pulled back. I will not give up. If Steve Job had given up when he first started building what today we know as Apple, your iPhone, iPad, Apple computer wouldn't exists. Can you imagine a world without that? I can't and don't want to. I want even more than what Apple is currently offering.
Let's invent please!
Lead's break boundaries and make a statement!
Let's make the world a better place!
Let's equip people with better tools to do what they do faster, easier and happier!
LETS DO SOMETHING!