Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it

I saw this great Tweet from Pedal Me a few days ago:

I’m not sure where this quote originates – those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it – but it’s very apt in so many ways. Climate change is one example.

According to an article in the Australian Financial Review (full text available in reddit), the Australian economy is lacking in complexity which means the main exports are natural resources. Australia has the same export profile as Angola despite it being the 8th richest nation in the study. You can see the export profile here. The problem is the continued investment in 18th century technology (i.e, coal) has been at the expense of new technology. From the article, “Australia sells the world almost nothing, relative to total exports, that requires a degree to make“.


2 responses to “Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it”

  1. The article appears to be saying that mining, agriculture and metal refining do not require graduates. That is clearly untrue. Also where do our exports of educational services fit into this assesment. Education comes a close third after Iron Ore and Coal.

    1. Yes, that’s a good point and certainly true. There will be graduates needed for those industries.

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