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  • Why Y Combinator

    Always have a piece of economy and autonomy that’s your own. Make plan “B” — your plan “A”

    Paul Graham of Y Combinator is doing America a great service.

    I believe that many of the jobs that Americans have lost are not coming back for two reasons: first, the jobs lost were seemingly expendable, because very few companies are exhorting or pointing to a dramatic loss of revenue, so companies have decided: less is more to get the same or even a better ROI. So with technology and innovation being cheaper, faster and often more accurate, many jobs are not ever coming back, because they are being done by machines or by  a “web cloud.”

    Secondly, those jobs won’t come back because of “fear.” Employees across all spectrum’s are so scared of losing their jobs or frightened at the thought of  “permanent furloughs” that they will not complain about the outrageous workload now being demanded of them. The workers left behind are getting paid a little more for doing a lot more — to do the missing worker’s jobs, yet the fully employed worker has no leverage for fairness or increased compensation, so they accept a heavier burden — so they suffer peacefully.

    Enter Paul Graham of Y Combinator.

    Why is Graham and Y Combinator important, because his organization is trying to create a nation of valuable and long-term entrepreneurs, which is why I think Graham is doing America a great service. Because many American jobs are no longer viable jobs, and adding workforce is starting to be anathema within the business community, so the best way to find a job is to create one yourself.

    I think by identifying and illustrating what an entrepreneur should look at through the multifarious stepping-stones of enterprise is capturing  momentum — more relevancy — even by the gainfully employed, because becoming a business owner is not a dream-pursued by someone with an idea and sweat equity: it’s now a necessity to some degree.

    Knowing what we now know — about who keeps their job and who gets left behind when it hits the fan: leaving your destiny in the hands of others — is a fool’s dance. Always have a piece of economy and autonomy that’s your own. Be someone that is not only not impacted by catastrophe, but someone who finds opportunity in it.

    If you read What Y Combinator’s Paul Graham Looks for in Founders, it should give you give you great insight into how to turn your loss of job or your entrepreneurial ambition into an action pursued, lived-through and actualized. I want every Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professional, to make plan “B” — their plan “A: that’s an order!

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Calvin.wilson1@verizon.net

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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