The Self-Employed and Contradictory Statistics

I continue to be surprised by surveys. This morning I read that the Federation of Self-Employed Spaniards said, “The Federation of Self-Employed people (ATA) has reported that Spain has lost more than 56,500 self-employed people in 2010, a decrease of 1.8% from last year, compared to the increase that was reported in some European countries, such as France or the UK, where the number of entrepreneurs increased by over 3%.”

On the other hand, the European agency, Eurostat, says that, “…Spain is one of the countries with the highest percentage of self-employed workers in comparison to the total employed population, reaching 16.8% of the total, which situates them above the European average of 16.1%.” Strange statistics.

What appears to be clear is that it doesn’t seem the Government is doing their part to openly support the development of entrepreneurial vocations. It looks like the Government has enough of their own issues to solve that they aren’t about to start considering how to solve others problems. While I understand that, do we really need the Government in order for entrepreneurs to start businesses? Of course, it’s beneficial to have their support, but in these times, we can’t afford to wait until we have their help to get started.

There is no doubt that entrepreneurs are part of the solutions that each of our governments heavily relies on to help solve the crises we’re in. Without entrepreneurs it will be harder for them to find the way out. It won’t be the politicians, or the government employees, with all my respect, who find the way out. It also won’t be the big corporations, for whom passports have less and less meaning. It’s the small and medium-size businesses and the brave entrepreneurs who will drive change. We can’t forget that these businesses generate 90% of the wealth.

Our happiness is in our personal bravery, our wish to change the way things are, our desire to take advantage of the opportunities that life gives us, and our desire to make the world a better place for our children, in spite of the problems and difficulties.

There’s an old proverb, whose origin I can’t recall, that I love and always repeat to myself: “The world belongs to God. And God loans it to the brave ones.”

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