Visiting 100 Countries and Appreciating Global Entrepreneurship

The poet William Cowper was right when he noted, “Variety’s the very spice of life.” In the context of his writing, perhaps what is more important is that spices promote healthy living. To wit, there are objective advantages of having access to goods and services from around the world. We should be grateful to enjoy the benefits of global entrepreneurship here in New York State.

About three months ago when I arrived in Estonia, the hundredth country that I have visited in my life, I reflected on how much I had benefited from the labor of hard-working entrepreneurs in the majority of the world’s countries. As a person of humble means, I could easily pretend that my opportunities have resulted from nothing more than my determination and hard work. The truth is that I have relied on the efforts of countless others, and do not take for granted the people who have helped me around the world. Likewise, I appreciate international entrepreneurs in the United States.

It is not necessary to travel to enjoy the objective benefits of global entrepreneurship. For example, here in Western New York restaurateurs from around the world offer alternatives to a diet based on refined carbohydrates and artificial additives.

The Mayan and Aztec culinary legacy—one of the most influential traditions in the world of food—is evident in the popularity of chocolate, tomatoes, avocados, pumpkins, and guavas, especially in the modern cuisine of Mexico. El Palenque restaurant (which happens to share its name with a Mayan city) on Niagara Falls Boulevard certainly is not the only option for Mexican food, but it is safe to assume that a Mexican family prepares meals that are healthier than those of Taco Bell. On the other side of town, Lin Restaurant offers an authentic menu from the other side of the world with its Burmese fusion of Chinese and Indian culinary influences. Also providing healthy options is Vasili’s Express, where one can experience how Greek gastronomy offers much more than yogurt and olive oil.

Although not everyone enjoys studying languages and travelling, global options can nonetheless add value. Entrepreneurship expands freedom. This underlies the benefits of international business—locally and globally.