Force Majeure?

Force Majeure: It is the easiest escape route, you as an individual and as an entrepreneur can take. Blame it on ‘superior’ forces. (Quickly, read the first paragraph on Wikipedia on Force Majeure – it’s alright to not know – now go, quickly, click here :P)

When I first started in agriculture, the land I had on lease had only 1 tubewell. Over the course of five years, I have been able to install three more. Why? So I can plant the rice crop with ease and take it ‘to the next level’. What happened? I had four tubewells ready to irrigate the crap out of the land, but I had no electricity.

All through the summer of 2009, the electricity situation was not bad because really, there was no electricity to actually have ‘any’ situation. Whatever you went through sitting in your residential homes in the big cities of Lahore, Karachi or Islamabad – the situation where I have leased the land was worse! 8 to 10 to 12 hours straight without electricity. The light would come one for one to two hours, and then gone for the next 8 to 10 to 12.  So what use were the tubewells? It was an expensive lesson, but a lesson nonetheless.

That there is a reason this Force Majeure is used in contracts, because when shit hits the fan, no one remembers to turn the damn fan off. You can not plan for everything, just like you should not. It is a myth to think that you, as an entrepreneur, need to know the ‘nitty gritty’ to start work. Because as far as I am concerned, I am convinced, it is this ‘Superior’ Force that gets me to where I a trying to go anyways. It works both ways.

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