The GPS of business acumen and its downsides.

Steve Douglas
2 min readMar 17, 2024
Photo by Tobias Rademacher

There is a standard in business that cannot be denied. As humanity gets more sophisticated, the standard improves and becomes better than it was yesterday. However, the standard of the individual in business requires a different area of knowledge than the technical, scholar-instructed, overly complex ideas of business schools and corporate-run business managers.

Navigating the traditional wisdom of business is manageable, especially with higher education, because higher education teaches you how to think. However, what it doesn’t teach anyone is how to take action on an individual level. This blind spot in education has left and continues to leave many blind to the downsides of the unknowns that are unknown in the business sector of any vertical. This has translated into a loss of confidence in many.

It’s one thing to lose a job. It’s something else entirely to lose confidence. Confidence is where actual stability resides, not a job. A job of any kind will never be able to provide the stability we all need in life. This is the case for a myriad of reasons, most of which we cannot control. Therefore, my thought process is always to stay focused on what can be controlled. All the other things are what you make it or how you perceive it, never what it actually is. Meaning: if two people start in a low-level job, there is a chance to go nowhere for both individuals. But if one of those individuals decides to focus on a direction that is clear in terms of being promoted, a dead-end job can immediately become an opportunity, a stepping stone, a learning experience, a starting point.

Most will always find a way to be entitled over finding a way to be enthusiastic, which is why there will always be a hierarchy in business. There will always be one person who uses a GPS system for directions while in a multi-level garage and gets angry at the GPS because it gets confused as the vehicle’s GPS doesn’t understand height when in a garage structure until it’s at the bottom level. Conversely, there will always be an enthusiastic individual who will observe this blind spot in the GPS and become more reliant on their instincts to navigate outside of the traditional wisdom of a navigation system, which is always intended to help but incomplete when it comes to specific areas of individual need. The individuals who end up the most successful will always have to use instincts over the tools provided by society intended to provide clear direction.

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Steve Douglas

Steve is a Canadian polymath whose pro music career officially began at age 4 when he performed live @ Wembley Stadium. His focus = tangibly benefiting youth.