Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Entrepreneurship Club activities at T John college ..

When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity.You have the choice, you can overcome and be the winner or you can allow it to overcome you and be the loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel, go that extra mile that failures' refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure ..- Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics.

I find out what the world needs, then proceed to invent them - Thomas A Edison.

Do we give the required support to entrepreneurs in our country ? Do we consider at all that they are very deeply pursuing their dreams and in the process helping the nation by creating wealth and job opportunities ? Do we look down on them ?

It is sad that the society is yet to encourage entrepreneurs. Especially bankers, who are meant to help entrepreneurs, instead harrass them and see that their ventures are closed. If the banker's ego is not massaged by these entrepreneurs, the bankers see that the funds flow is blocked and these entrepreneurs are made to fend for themselves, running from pillar to post for funds to resume their business activities.

It is necessary that enough sensitization needs to be carried among the public and financial institutions of the great service these entrepreneurs are doing to the nation. When the state cannot invest enough to provide jobs and livelihood opportunities, these individuals take on themselves that onerous task. The banks need to understand that they are not favouring these individuals who are risking their whole lives and families to pursue their dreams, instead, they are favouring the banks by giving them an opportunity to serve these high risk taking individuals and in the process helping build the nation. It was keeping in mind these thoughts that the activities for the E-week were organised at T John College.

The activities for the Entrepreneurship week at T John College under the dynamic leadership of Prof Monoo John started off this morning at 10 AM, 10 Feb 2010 with Director of Management Prof Patil reading the e-pledge and the students and faculty taking the pledge. It was quite interesting to see many students interested in entrepreneurship. The whole of yesterday, interested students set up stalls showing their entrepreneurial ability abd were competing with each other to get the maximum return on a single day. There were stalls selling Kerala cuisine to Paayasam from Kerala, to North Indian chats, health foods and what not.. The pledge is given below.

As the Principal, I gave a talk on entrepreneurship quoting on innovation as the tool of entrepreneurs. The risk taking ability combined with an understanding for the need for the product and the oft missing component, perseverence is what makes an entrepreneur click.

I am reminded of what Norman Bushnel spoke of the true entrepreneur, " A true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer !! "

These are some events which I never had an opportunity to carry out earlier. Now I am pursuing it to the fullest extent.


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