There are many proverbs trying to convey the message: Do not follow the crowd!
Opportunities are easiest found when walking the opposite direction, as Peder reports in his most resent blog: “Yes They Can” This is good reading, and an excellent case to study well.
Globalization as a concept is far more complex than just outsourcing jobs to cheaper labor countries. It offers structural changes that will reshape our societies into something better.
Good management reading with a similar message to Peder can be found in the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Anders, from the shores of Lake Mjøsa, Kapp, Norway