How many of us are socially conscious citizens? You’ll be surprised – All of us! But how many of us actually do anything that could positively impact the lives of others? Well, the answer is very close to Zilch. But through this book I was glad to know that there are a fraction of people among us who are capable of creating a huge difference to our society and they just went ahead and did what they wanted to! Mostly, without any resources on hand!!
Think about this – Can a person, still pursuing college, decide to start a home for homeless kids without any investment on hand? Did you consider it after college? Did I consider it after college? The obvious excuse we would come up is, I myself don’t have any resources to live on, and in this situation how is it possible to maintain the home? 99.99999% of the people would have given up right at that point. But not one person. Today, that person is taking care of 500 kids and the institution is funded purely by individual donations.
Also, think about this – Can a person who is a professor in one of the leading institutes of our country do something that will actually create a meaningful change in our politics/democratic system? Well, one professor decided to go beyond talking about creating a change and by the clever usage of PIL, enacted a law that bars criminals from contesting in elections. Not satisfied with a law on the paper, he went ahead and identified all such criminals contesting in elections and with the help of the press, spread this information among public, which forced the respective party bosses to act.
Can you or I do such things? Do such people even exist in our country? To my pleasure, I read about 20 such people in the book, ‘I have a Dream’ by Rashmi Bansal. After a long time, I gained something very valuable from a book – HOPE.
The people described in these books were the least qualified and the least resourceful to do what they did. But they just did not bother about all that and went ahead and achieved their dreams due to their extreme passion & determination.
This book clearly inspires us in the positive way and gives us examples to look up to. All the ventures described here are not purely social, as some of them aim to achieve commercial gains. But even those ventures have a social angle. For example, one person starts a courier company, but employs only deaf people. Another person starts an IIT coaching center, but takes in only socially backward students in his institute.
The book conveys one message loud and clear – If you have purity of intention and are ready to serve with your heart, the society will support you with all the required resources.
Even if you are not socially-inclined, this book will make you into one. This is an excellent Non-Fiction book on social entrepreneurship and a must-read for everyone who aspires to build a business with a soul.
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