Looking at the existing structures of our modern societies — especially the bureaucratic structures of education and employment — you can see why so many people never develop themselves as creators of multipliers: They work in tightly controlled structures and processes that allow little or no room for personal initiative. They’re expected to do work designed entirely by other people. The work is repetitious, and they seldom know what value it’s creating for the overall organization or the outside world. No one even asks for their ideas about how it could be made more efficient or productive.… Read more
More than 200 years ago, Adam Smith, considered by many to be the father of modern economics, identified the division of labor as the means to multiply human results to create wealth.
But Smith lived in an age where it would be remarkable just to have everyone employed at something. It was an extraordinary feat back then just to keep everyone fed. There was little or no consideration given to the question of whether people were actually enjoying the work they were doing. … Read more
Anyone who wants to create multipliers can do so. What it takes is a mindset that seeks out the multipliers in every situation.… Read more
While some people in our multiplier age are having a better, easier life, for many others, things remain difficult and seem likely to get even worse. They find themselves feeling cheated. Sure, there are always more things to buy — and at lower and lower prices. But being a consumer is not the same as multiplying themselves, feeling like there are two of them, or ten of them, or a thousand of them.… Read more
The past 200 years of Western history can be seen as the story of people gaining access to greater and greater multipliers. Compound interest is one of the greatest new multipliers; the next greatest are the technologies that have emerged.… Read more