“Writing Tools” by Fred Merchán is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The world burns in the fire of a Dark Age — a burning that’s increasingly more literal than metaphorical, burdened by wicked problems yearning to be solved. Yet, like the elemental fire itself, the dire status of our world can be harnessed for a greater good of renascent proportions.

Every Golden Age starts with the word, from the dawn of humankind to Aristotle’s Athens, to the Huan Dynasty, to the Renaissance, to the Enlightenment, to the Aztec and Incan Empires. Edicts and manifestos and declarations invoke a new existence into reality. …

By Robert Friedrich Stieler (1847–1908) — alte Postkarte, https://www.basf.com/de/company/about-us/history/1865-1901.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=841172

Historically, the paths toward billionaire fortunes in business originate from only two actions: trailblazing and disruption. No one, in any given field of industry or commerce, amasses grandiose wealth just by ‘working hard.’ Steady, honest, hard work can lead to a comfy bank account, but not to an embarrassment of riches.

To earn a fortune, one must become an industry trailblazer, exploiting what no one has before — hence the exploration-age moniker for a geographically bounded role. Or one must disrupt entirely an existing endeavor, impacting not only how things are done in a given market or industry but also…

Alex Garcia Topete

Writer. Filmmaker. Entrepreneur. Researcher.

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