Googleplex, the headquarters of Google, the Internet search
engine, all 1,000 employees eat free, snack for free, exercise,
even do their laundry for free, and can use 20 per cent of
their labour hours to do personal business.
Those are employee benefits, consistent with innovation, an
abundance philosophy, world leadership and optimal stakeholder
Of course, this could be disenchanting for people caught up
in lifes labour, for the sake of putting enough bread
on the table to make it to month-end! But I use the illustration,
to raise the bar!
I would have liked to use the expression push the envelope
but after recent news, that phrase sounds more like corporate
under-the-table machinations, which must fall
short of strategies in the best interest of stakeholders.
You see, many of us sell ourselves short, underestimate our
capacity for success and achievement or on the other side
of the continuum, can end up victims of other peoples
greed. Even worse, we ourselves can climb to a state of perpetual
greed because we dont know when we have enough!
If you depend on an employer to furnish your pension, and
your health benefits, what happens when the company folds
due to corporate incompetence?
Perhaps it is because of the failure of certain large corporations,
the prevalence of corporate impropriety, and questionable
governance, which warrant that we get out the garden hose
to pour water on our own houses.
It means that you need to set up parallel systems of savings
and investments that are independent of the employer.
It means you can shift into new independent savings vehicles.
It means saving differently!
It means that you have to upgrade your skills to become more
marketable in the workplace, so that if you have to move,
It means in an age of free trade, free movement goods and
labour, you have to be marketable in the global arena.
It means that as parents, we have to finance the cross-discipline
training of our children.
Its about building an educated and marketable base for
yourself and your family. The long view is about continuous
self-assessment, self-improvement, and comfort for the long
Who amongst us will choose a bed of gravel instead of a bed
of down feathers? Yes, a few will respond to that thrill!
And we have to make room for them to explore their limitations,
but we must never sell ourselves short, even as others fulfill
The fact is you are your own stakeholder, primary shareholder
and CEO for the family, for your familys business, and
you are entrepreneur at large.
You have to stop seeing government as though government is
responsible for you. You have to stop seeing the employer
as though he owes you.
You have to create opportunities to fund the comforts you
deserve; you have to commit yourself to creating self-sufficiency.