Most stockholders do not have much say in how the business is run because their ownership proportion is negligible. To make a difference, you must own lots of shares or you must work with several smaller shareholders. Nowadays, buying stock has become more of an investment rather than trying to run the business. You simply buy stock and wait for the company to grow. This will appreciate the stock value and you make money by selling it. Or you could simply make do with the percentage of profits the company gives you based on your shares.