Creative Implications

Many entrepreneurs start small. Their idea for a business is based on a new or a better way to solve a problem or fill a need. Some stay small. Others don’t. Some entrepreneurs, either through planning or luck, plant seminal seeds.
This example isn’t based on an entrepreneur but on the creation of the United States of America. It is thought that the defining moment was the writing of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. However, the process started years earlier and came to a crescendo in May of 1776. This is when the Continental Congress, under the leadership of John Adams, asked each colony to write its own constitution. The effect of this is ultimately rebellion and secession from British rule. As the Continental Congress started to prepare for the coming war with Britain, it was left to Thomas Jefferson to scribe the official proclamation. Most people don’t know this, but the document was edited by the Continental Congress, but one part wasn’t touched. At the time, no one thought much of its impact. That part is:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed.

It is understood that Thomas Jefferson was inspired by John Locke who arranged a similar sentiment, but Jefferson took the meaning to an abstract level and imparted in the annuls of the new America.

But at the time, the Continental Congress didn’t view the wording to be so inspiring. They were already making plans for the next phase of independence. However, those 55 words have become a shining light for what has become the US empire.

Entrepreneurs can take this as a lesson as to how important the little things are. Planting seeds for greatness must happen even with the tactical operations absorbing so much time. They might seem so inconsequential at times, but the payoff can be so immense. And look at Thomas Jefferson, if someone (Locke) already has soil and water for your idea then by all means use it.


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