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Yesterday we visited the Financial Times website.
The top story headlined ‘Video: Drugs in Myanmar’s lawless frontier’.
Ah, the frontier.
What a terrible imagery. Who would want to go to a frontier? It sounds so bad.
Actually, everyone should want to go to the ‘frontier’. It’s generally the most exciting place anywhere on Earth…
Frontiers don’t have to be scary
We’re not sure why the idea of the frontier gets such a bad rap.
It’s probably all the negative images of the ‘Wild West’; hopeless souls trekking through barren wastelands and gun-toting hoodlums firing aimlessly into the air from the back of a pick-up truck.
But that’s not how we picture the frontier.
For a start, the ‘frontier’ isn’t a single place. It’s many places.
In fact, it’s not even necessarily a place. The ‘frontier’ can be anything where you’re facing a boundary and pushing through it.
It could be a technological frontier.
It could be a scientific frontier.
It could be a medical frontier.
It could even be an athletic frontier — the four-minute mile was a frontier until Roger Bannister ‘conquered’ it on 6th May 1954.
As you can see, without too much thought, we’ve come up with a handful of frontiers that aren’t in the least bit threatening or scary.
These are an example of the wonderful frontiers that people explore on a daily basis.
Each of them presents an opportunity…an opportunity to discover or uncover something that no one or few others have seen before.
Of course, it’s understandable that when most people think of a frontier, they think of a place.
We tend to do that too. And it’s also true that when we think of a place we think of the American Wild West or the Australian interior.
Both were different types of frontier.
For a long time you could say that one of those frontiers was inspirational and successful (the American frontier) while the other led to little more than disappointment at best and disaster at worst (the Australian frontier).
The American frontier brought about the idea of American exceptionalism. The idea that America was unique. The further west the explorers and frontiersmen went, the better things got.
The wide-open spaces, the arable farm land. The flora and fauna. And just when it seemed as though things couldn’t get any better, they did get better.
The Pacific Ocean had stopped the trek westward. Canada and Mexico had stopped the land gains to the north and south. And most Americans had no interest in going east, back to the ‘old world’.
Where else could Americans go? The frontier had reached an end.
Well, not quite. If they couldn’t go north, east, south or west, they could go down instead. The California gold rush of the mid-19th century, and then the discovery of oil, only helped to instil the idea of American ‘manifest destiny’.
Living through that period, how could anyone not think they had received a gift…perhaps even a gift from God?
And then of course, after they got tired of going down, other frontiersmen got it into their heads that they could go up — first came the aviators, then the astronauts.
If the idea of the frontier doesn’t excite you after that, well, we don’t know what will. What’s more, the idea of new frontiers probably won’t excite you either.
Frontiers in all directions
But it gets us excited more than you can imagine. And it really should get you excited too.
As humans conquer each frontier, it’s natural to think that that’s the last frontier anyone will ever conquer. And it is…until someone conquers another frontier.
As we say, a frontier doesn’t have to be a physical place. It can be an idea too.
The million dollar question is where the next frontier will appear and open up for conquest. We’ve got a few ideas on this. So has the ‘frontiersman’ we’ve hired to scope out the latest frontier opportunities.
So where will those frontiers be?
We’re not giving away any trade secrets if we say that in a geographic sense Asia is one of those frontiers. It’s not a frontier in that we expect men in 10-gallon hats and women wearing gingham dresses will ride in wagons across the Asian continent.
But rather it’s a frontier where new investment opportunities will emerge as innovation, capitalism and the quest for wealth will inspire millions of people.
And that’s just one frontier. There are many others. Some will be like the American frontier, where the opportunities instantly appeared.
Others will be like the Australian frontier where all seemed lost for decades, until Aussie frontiersmen like Lang Hancock decided to go down rather than across. He ended up discovering fortunes in iron ore and other resources.
The frontier is out there. There’s just the small matter of finding it and then exploiting it. We’ll show you how soon.