Have You Given up on Being the Change Maker?

If this Caption attracts you to read further, then you are one of those who has given up after facing failures. Do you think you are old enough to give 15_03_12-buss27up? Think Again? You have been told by many that “you are not just the right cut for the business” or you “lack this talent”. Well, Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas”. Chicken Soup was rejected a total of 140 times. It now has 65 different titles and has sold over 80 million copies all over the world. Harrison Ford was told by The Vice President of Columbia that he was never going to make it in the business. These are just few examples of people who just refused to listen to criticism or “the experts”. Here are few things which can push you towards  being a change maker:

Be resilient:

People who imbibe the characteristic of being resilient are the ones who are self aware and understand that setbacks are part of life. Be open and flexible to adapt to the change when problems hit you. “Internal locus of control” as the psychologist call it has to remain intact and you have to observe the action of your outcome and patiently wait for results.

Have a questioning mind:

What are you really trying to do? For example, if you go to the hardware store looking for a drill, chances are that what you really need is not a drill but a hole. Then the reason for that hole should be looked at. The point is that if you ask ‘why?’ enough times, you typically get to the root of exactly what you need.

Work With Communities:

Christine and Arielle of DUMA are using the power of community to fuel virtual connections that help with economic opportunity in Kenya, changing the way people find employment in the informal market. Employers send descriptions of the skill sets they are looking for to DUMA, who then send out a text message to the relevant potential employees in the DUMA network. DUMA bases their recommendations on 1. The skill set needed and 2. No more than five degrees of separation between the employer and the employee, as they’ve found that trust is the key.

Do what moves you:

People chose their career by looking at the salary package and then regret not being interested in it. Claire N and Claire C graduated from Nepal watching women being discriminated against. After they graduated, they started a movement billed ‘Women Lead’ which works for women’s employment and development of Nepali women.

All that is left right now for you is to go out and change the world for the better and prove it to one and all that you are not a failure after all!


Priyanka Hodavdekar

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