What’s your worldview? Think about the ever-shrinking distance between people and things around the planet; how does this impact all of us, not to mention the business-owner or the entrepreneur?
Do you find yourself struggling to form your worldview? As a student, you will find that having a perspective on things outside of your own familiar life will help you grasp concepts that are universal and used across the globe. Being well-rounded and open to new ideas is a recipe for success! If you don’t have a worldview, don’t worry; there are many ways to create one.
Anthony Bourdain, a chef and TV personality, has crafted his worldview though his television series and his devotion to food and culture. Through his travels and his cooking, he has developed a unique view of the world.
How I built my world view is more traditional — I follow the stock market daily. By following the markets, I get a sense of how different events are impacting the world. This is important because I tend to forget that there are things happening outside my day-to-day life that impact my decision-making process. The stock market is a constant reminder that I need to occasionally “look up” if I am going to make good business decisions for me and my clients.
If you think about your worldview in terms of business, where are you focused? Do you know how your family or your neighborhood impacts your business? How about your town or your state? How does your view fit into your country or the greater world?
Here is an example:
Prices at the gas pump have been reasonably low for a long time. If you are thinking in terms of your car, this is great news! You can fill up for less and save money. If your family has more than one car, you save a lot more money. But what does this mean to the rest of the world? If you take into consideration the impacts this small thing in your life might have on the rest of the world, you might realize that there are unseen costs to that reasonable price at the pump. You’ll realize that lower prices also mean oil companies are making less money. Some of them might be laying off workers. Now, there is too much oil coming from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the middle east and people there might not be willing to slow down. To them, their strategy is to keep our country from becoming energy independent because their world depends on our need for oil and gas. Other places, like Venezuela, are in turmoil too. Once a huge source of oil, Venezuela is suffering because the increase in supply that resulted in price reduction elsewhere has broken their economy. It’s a universal domino effect.
The next time you get gas at the pump for a reasonable price, think it through. Ask yourself what a lower price for you might mean for someone elsewhere. What is the impact on the world?
Here are Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education, we offer a 100-percent online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration — International Business degree. Through this program, you can develop a thorough understanding of the multifaceted global business environment and expand your perspective of global business. You’ll also grow your ability to demonstrate the business skills that today’s employers desire.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to form your worldview.
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