‘On the day
of judgment, the honest Muslim merchant will stand side by side with the
martyrs.’ --The Prophet (Haditha).
Here in the USA, our Thanksgiving and
Christmas/Hanukkah holidays are meant for honoring and cherishing those people to
whom we owe gratitude. I gave thanks for
those entrepreneurs who are changing the world in small ways and large.
Sometimes we lose sight of what is important.
Here in Idaho we can be so quick to
complain about all the hurdles we face in growing a more entrepreneurial
economy and how entrepreneurs just aren’t understood let alone appreciated.
True? Maybe. But I look at Tahrir Square on television, a place that I was just
All I can do is think about and worry
about all those great students and faculty I met at Cairo University. I hope
that they are OK and they stay OK.
The MENA region (Middle East &
North Africa) is making huge strides in entrepreneurial activity (check the
great blog at www.wamda.com) and it certainly seems that the entrepreneurial scene in
Cairo charges onward and upward.
We saw how once again how business
models and lean startup tools can transform newbies to seeing themselves as
entrepreneurs, especially when we sneak in some IDEO-style design thinking
When I led them in my usual “I am an
entrepreneur!” chant.. at the end of the day, you could see the fire. It is
powerful stuff to see people realize that they can be entrepreneurs, they can
find new ways to unleash their destiny.
The future of Cairo, the future of
Egypt and the future of the whole MENA region rests in the hands of its
entrepreneurs. I fear for the future if
events thwart the blossoming entrepreneurs.
When I look at my television at the
events over there, it’s going to be harder for me to complain or worry about
the hurdles we face.
To my students, faculty and new
friends in Cairo – please know that I am thinking of you, as are your friends
in Finland. How can we help? Norris.Krueger[at]gmail.com
p.s. Even if you’re not in Cairo… :) How can I help?
The Prophet also said: “A truthful and trustworthy merchant is associated with the prophets.“
——— Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 50.