The new entrepreneurs

Paulo Coelho

Pamela Hartigan, director of the Schwab Foundation, drew up a list of ten points common to people whose dissatisfaction with the world around them drove them to create their own work. I think that Pamela’s list reaches far beyond this new mechanism called “social enterprise” and can be applied to many of our everyday activities:

Impatience: those who seek their dream do not wait around for things to happen: they see yesterday’s problems as today’s opportunities. Their impatience often makes them change course, but this adaptation is what matures them.

Conscience: those who seek their dream know that they are not alone in the world and that each gesture has a consequence. The work that they are doing can change the atmosphere around them. By understanding this power, they become an active element in society, and this sets them at peace with life.

Innovation: those who seek their dream believe that everything can be different from what it is, but it is necessary to pick a path that has not yet been traveled. Although always surrounded by old bureaucracy, the comments of others, and the difficulties of penetrating an unexplored forest, they discover alternative ways to make themselves heard.

Pragmatism: those who seek their dream do not hang around waiting for the ideal resources to start their work – they roll up their sleeves and get to work. No matter how little progress is made, it increases their confidence and the confidence of those around them, and the resources eventually turn up.

Apprenticeship: those who seek their dream usually have a deep interest in some particular area that can reveal new solutions to old problems when looked at in detail. But this apprenticeship can only be achieved through practice and constant renovation.

Seduction: no-one can survive alone in a competitive world: those who are aware of this and seek their dream manage to interest other people in their ideas. And these people become interested because they know that they are in the presence of something creative, committed to society – and above all else, economically lucrative.

Flexibility: those who seek their dream have an idea in their head and a plan to turn it into something real. However, as they move forward they realize that they have to adapt to the realities of the world around them, and from that point on their social responsibility becomes an important factor in changing the environment. For example, in order to reduce the rate of child mortality in a given city, it is not enough just to care for the children’s health – one has to change the sanitary structure, the nutritional system and so on.

Stubbornness: those who seek their dream may be flexible in their ways but at the same time concentrated on their objective. On account of their innovative ideas and because they are always moving in unknown territory, they never say: “I tried, but it didn’t work.” On the contrary, they always seek all the possible alternatives, and that is why the results eventually appear.

Happiness: those who seek their dream undergo difficult moments, but are happy with what they do. The occasional confusion and mistakes have nothing to do with their inability, and they are capable of smiling when they make a mistake – because they know that they will be able to correct that mistake further ahead.

Contagiousness: those who seek their dream have the unique ability to make people around them realize that it is worthwhile following their example and doing the same thing. That is why they will never feel alone, even if from time to time they feel misunderstood.

Pamela Hartigan closes her study offering the example of a Brazilian, Fabio Rosa, who developed a system to use solar energy after seeing that his community was spending a lot on non-renewable fuel. Fábio’s work, which contains the ten points listed in the study, is now known all over the world, has “contaminated” large corporations, and will soon benefit millions of people in addition to contributing to preservation of the environment.

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Comments

  1. Josephine in Brussels says:

    This makes me think of Richard Branson. I recently read his autobiography “Losing my virginity”. A real entrepreneur through and through.

  2. THELMA says:

    I think that whatever we do in life, from the smallest everyday tasks to the biggest issues, one has to put his full capacities, abilities and .. passion. Since everyone is unique we ‘live’ and face life in our own way. There are no patterns or prescriptions for… success. It is our personal ‘stamp’ on what we do and our … karma.
    LOVE,
    Thelma

  3. Diane says:

    I love the list!!

    Impatience…hmmmm….

    Great site!

    First time here!!!

  4. Marie-Christine says:

    I agree with the ten points made.

  5. T.K. says:

    Thank you for posting. I become frustrated often when endeavoring to undertake a project or achieve a goal and obstacles present themselves along the way. I then experience extreme episodes of doubt and fear that leave me ‘stuck’.

    Sometimes trying is not enough. You have to see it through to the end.

  6. Lau Lau says:

    Why do we need to characterize the amazing things in life …. why not accept that when one acts out of truth, like our Brazilian friend mentioned – all of these points will occur naturally.

    I do however have a hard time believing that this is the only way to following your dreams ……

    Truth resonates with beings a lot longer ……. hence …. rather speak truth and act out of truth!

    In my humble opinion …..

  7. sido66 says:

    = PATIENCE and to live the present

    The FUTURE BUILDS ITSELF ALONG THE WAY

    + conscience , Innovation, to act NOW confidently, to learn to change, of acting for one But especially by thinking of the others and also to act for the others and thus for one (circuit), adaptation of its dream so that he can EXIST,
    Flexibility and stubbornness to want it to manage to make live your dream, Happiness Même in the difficult moments (only security to lead you to the success of your dream, for the best period(delay)), show your dream and your road persisted towards your dream in the enjoyment of the success so that you are an example of enjoyment and success (open your flower and your pollen will scatter towards the others, afterward…)

    By the realization of your dream: work at you and at the world

    = PATIENCE et vivre le présent

    l’AVENIR SE CONSTRUIT EN CHEMIN

    + conscience , innovation , agir MAINTENANT en toute confiance , apprendre à changer , agir pour soi Mais surtout en pensant aux autres et donc aussi agir pour les autres et donc pour soi ( circuit ) , adaptation de son rêve afin qu’il puisse EXISTER , souplesse et obstination dans le vouloir réussir à faire vivre votre rêve , Happiness Même dans les moments difficiles ( seul gage de vous mener à la réussite de votre rêve , dans le meilleur délai ) , montrer votre rêve et votre chemin obstiné vers votre rêve dans la joie de la réussite afin que vous soyez un example de joie et de réussite ( ouvrez votre fleur et votre pollen s’éparpillera vers d’autres , par la suite …)

    Par la réalisation de votre rêve : Oeuvrez pour vous et pour le monde

  8. sido66 says:

    In TOO MUCH TO WANT THE FUTURE, OUR SPIRIT IS OCCUPIED to COMMPRENDRE THAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE, WHILE THE LIFE YOU ARE LIVING IT (the present is walking)

    A TROP VOULOIR LE FUTUR, NOTRE ESPRIT EST OCCUPé à COMMPRENDRE CE QU’IL VA SE PASSER , ALORS QUE LA VIE VOUS ÊTES EN TRAIN DE LA VIVRE ( le présent passe )