My favourite aphorism goes “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion, that moment is now, because in the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. Don’t fret because everything once started at nothing. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are certainly doomed if you don’t try.
Entrepreneurship is not a part time job, and it’s not even a full time job. It’s a lifestyle. The thing most people don’t pick up when they become an entrepreneur is that it ever ends. It’s 24/7. So basically, as an entrepreneur you keep trying things, and you try everything from business ideas, to events. The journey is an ongoing process and one can never stop learning. Your work is never complete. No task is ever accomplished. There is always something new to do.
The way ‘Entrepreneurship’ as a concept works for me is, an entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it. That is exactly how you form a bigger risk appetite. At the same time, you must learn to walk before you run. Hastening would only push you off a cliff without any sort of preparation, and at that time, not even your deepest leap of faith would come at your rescue.
Soon after my reign of being an entrepreneur and having ventured into everything that I needed to, at that standpoint, I switched to a social entrepreneurship platform, my journey at ‘Enactus’ kickstarted. The motto I switched to then, was to go out into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do ‘good’. The life purpose of the true social entrepreneur is to change the world.
“If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need, and that is exactly what we do at Enactus.” Founded in 1975, originally as SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We at Enactus, effectively provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center for improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people that goes a long way in their success.
Like in business, we believe that competition encourages creativity and rewards results. For Enactus, it means more lives impacted and with that approach, we rule over the concept of social entrepreneurship.
The meaning of ‘Enactus’ is quite profound. It stresses on 3 major aspects:
- Entrepreneurial—initiating business ideas and solutions with passion and innovation.
- Action—the experience of sustainable impact, activated with integrity.
- Us—student, academic and business leaders collaborating to create a better world.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve. If you believe that you have the inner will to change or help the world as per your best understanding, either do it yourself, or approach an organisation like ‘Enactus’. We would definitely give a great impetus to your belief and help make it happen in whatever best way we can.
My takeaway on becoming an entrepreneur is very clear. For me, being an entrepreneur is a mind-set. You have to see things as opportunities all the time. I like to do interviews. I like to push people on certain topics. I like to dig into the stories where there’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer.
I also strongly believe that, the fastest way you can change yourself is by hanging out with people who are already the way you want to be.
To conclude, I’d like to stress on an essential thought effectively put forth by the great Henry Ford, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” So be prepared for all the challenges that come your way. Do not be afraid to take a stand in life. You only live once, so create, innovate, iterate, implement, just do not cease to formulate.
Signing off ,
President Enactus India