Wings to Escape the Roots
The greatest thing a father can give to his son is roots. The second greatest thing is wings to escape those roots. In their book “The Seven Secrets of Germany” David and Erik E. Lehmann cite this famous quote from Johann W. von Goethe (Audretsch & Lehmann, The seven secrets of Germany. Economic resilience in an era of global turbulence. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016). While roots keep us from falling and are our source of energy, they tend to keep us from moving on. Only wings can help us to free ourselves from this rigor. During a career, our character is shaped by experience and a large number of people. Only a few people, however, really contribute to the growth of our wings. Wings provide the possibility to look beyond the boundaries of roots. In the case of this chapter’s author, Alexander Starnecker, David helped him to spread his wings.
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