Friday, October 26

Social entrepreneurship, Risk and "I have a dream"

"I have a Dream - Rashmi Bansal" , this book makes you think. It is about social entrepreneurship, passion of 20 odd Indian human beings.

I have a Dream is the story of 20 idealists who think and act like entrepreneurs. They are committed to different causes, but they have one thing in common: a belief that principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common good. These stories say one thing loud and clear change starts with one person, and that person could be someone next door. Someone like you 

Entrepreneurship, passion, bring a change in society etc are keywords which will always resonate in the society, over the internet, in news papers and in books. With this book Rashmi Bansal, talks about a different class of people she calls social entrepreneurs.

Wikipedia defines Social Entrepreneurship 

Social entrepreneurship is the recognition of a social problem and the uses of entrepreneurial principles to organise, create and manage a social venture to achieve a desired social change. While a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur also measures positive returns to society. Thus, the main aim of social entrepreneurship is to further broaden social, cultural, and environmental goals. Social entrepreneurs are commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, but this need not preclude making a profit

It feels nice to know that there exists people who are willing to take risks. But there are just 20? Or 100? or more, but in a country where the population is in millions, isn't that number negligible?

Be it social entrepreneurs or Business entrepreneurs, there are certain traits which are common in both.

The Risk factor. It all boils down to how much Risk are you willing to take. Are you bold enough to take that step? In country like India, where there is a lot of dependency on family, especially the middle class people have to think a lot before getting into those shoes (I don't have any statistics). You have a great idea but if you are not willing to take risk, you will not be able to execute it. 

The phase from initial startup to success : Many idealist had to loose a lot during their initial stage. But later on they met success and got it all. It was worth it according to them. And yes, a immense success and joy will overcome the initial failure. The point here is, we have to consider this factor. You want to take risk, you definitely will have to loose something (well most of the times at least).

Courage - Yes, courage, strong will power and strength to fight all odds in your way. You cannot get up one day and say you want to leave your 10k+ job so that you can do something to bring change in society and expect your family or friends or neighbors to applaud on your decision. When you have an idea and you want to execute it, you need to focus, but with such distractions, you need to work harder. All this requires a lot of planning, a lot of courage.

This book is really beautiful and inspires you to take the entrepreneurship path by touching your heart and brain and soul with stories, success stories of various people. I had read this book some time back, and do not even remember most of people's name, but to summaries, it talks about people who took risk, had courage and were willing to bring change. They succeeded. Well we do not have book on failures, do we? 

I have a dream.

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