Bono Humbled By Entrepreneurism
For lovers of the iconic rock band U2, The Sweetest Thing is listening to Bono belt out the refrain in Sunday Bloody Sunday. Despite the enormous success, wealth, and fame he has earned over a three-decade career in music, Bono would tell you, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." What he is looking for is the eradication of poverty in third-world countries. His Desire and Pride (in the name of love) in working toward this goal has come to define him in recent years, long after producing hits such as New Year's Day and Gloria. Bono has come to realize that than an angel investor is more important than an Angel of Harlem or even government aid when it comes to improving the lives of people who live in destitute places where The Streets Have No Name.
Forbes reports on remarks the singer made last week:
The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.”
“Job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge,” he told an audience of 200 leading technology entrepreneurs and investors at the F.ounders tech conference in Dublin. “We see it as startup money, investment in new countries. A humbling thing was to learn the role of commerce.”
When talking about the role of entrepreneurialism in economic growth, it's not a With or Without You proposition. It's simple - there is no growth without entrepreneurialism and free enterprise.
It's heartening to learn that during his time as a "righteous anger activist," Bono did not become permanently Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of. He came to see the light, as if he were Staring At The Sun.