Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, by Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis, has served as a cause to ponder the upcoming years for Founder and CEO of XP Inc., Guilherme Benchimol.
Benchimol cites the case of American businessman Henry Ford – the first to begin using an assembly-line process for car production at the start of the 1900s – as a comparison to current times.
It’s notable on reflection that, although Ford built a business empire and became one of the richest business figures in the world, over 99 percent of Americans living today have more available resources than he did.
An additional perspective is that a child at 12 years of age today has more resources at hand than an American president two years ago.
When considering the definition of terms of abundance, Guilherme Benchimol itemizes food, water and shelter for basic survival and education, communication and energy for human development.
In the distance of one century, from 1900 to 2000, life-expectancy has also risen by 60 percent in the US. There are several primary contributors to this: antibiotics have caused a drop in the risk of death by infection. Clean water, breathable air and efficient waste removal are now standards for public safety.
The planet is statistically more safe and prosp .
Why then, Guilherme Benchimol asks, does an overall pessimistic view persist under such improved conditions? Could an evolutionary bias for highlighting disaster in the interest of self-defense be at play?
Competitiveness in entrepreneurial business is sure to reach a high level due to the advantages of technology, information and capital. The result will be an increase in the availability of products and services and a consequent improvement in quality of life and a shrinking gap in inequality.
Guilherme Benchimol encourages taking the optimistic view. The future will bear out that there is no other path.