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Thursday, 10 June 2010

THE APPRENTICE FAIL, PART 2

I recently wrote that the abysmal failure of the Apprentice franchise in Greece tells one all one needs to know about what is wrong with our country. I was going on my general feeling on that one, but as it turns out there is evidence. Yay.

Enter the research wonks and the European Commission's latest Entrepreneurship Survey (full report here).

The story, in brief, is that Greeks don't like working for other people but we also don't like having unsteady income streams. Presumably the ideal profession of the typical Greek is living off their parents' savings, or off pension/benefits income. We agree that entrepreneurs create jobs, but we also overwhelmingly believe they are exploiters out to make a quick buck. How aspirational.

See how we rank at the EU/Global level below. Compare and contrast with the openly socialist, but actually successful, China (CN).


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