I am a teacher. I spend a lot of time with learners (of all ages), albeit mostly adults. Considering that they are pretty mature it is difficult to teach them. Hence much of my time is spent facilitating and inspiring these learners to manifest their learning. And since I teach and research – innovation and entrepreneurship, most of these discussions hover around “Passion“.
Most people believe they are passionate about something or the other. I don’t disagree, but often end up asking them to describe their passion. Many of them explain their interests and misunderstand that its their passion. So my suggestion to most such people is – “manifest your passion”.
And all of them ask – “How should we manifest passion?”
I met Brajesh Singh (http://brajeshsingh.in) recently in a Management Development Program (MDP) on Intrapreneurship. I was stumped when out of the blue he presented me a calendar. I thanked him and that night I realised that I saw the answer to the above question.
Here is a man who “manifested passion”. I spent much time that night looking and re-looking at the pictures in his calendar. Amazing is an understatement! It was his own calendar – the Brajesh Singh Calendar! Here is one photo of Brajesh Singh
So I spent the lunch next day (during the MDP) asking him so many questions. As he spoke I saw what “passion meant”. It was so easy to see that “wildlife photography” was his passion. Several colleagues of his joined us and appreciated his photographs and his passion. The way he spoke about wildlife and his reminisces of capturing photographs enthralled us. Sadly we had to stop and get back to our MDP sessions! But I had something to tell my students.
If you are passionate
- clearly define it (Brajesh does not shoot any photo – he captures wildlife in the wild)
- do something about it (Brajesh uses his camera, captures and shares it on his website – http://brajeshsingh.in)
- take action and showcase it (goes on expeditions and captures photos; shares it on his website; joins other wildlife photographers; learns from those much younger than him)
- create and share your passion in whatever way possible (Brajesh creates an annual calendar)
- sustain it (Brajesh’s annual calendar is now in its sixth year)
Clearly Brajesh manifests passion. In today’s digital era, it is easy to manifest passion. So the next time you catch yourself talking about Passion – stop and take action! Manifest it.
I came away inspired. This is what happens when you meet a passionate soul. You can like his photography here too: https://www.facebook.com/BrajeshSinghsPhotography/
Thanks Brajesh! My passion is to teach and I took one more step in that direction by sharing your story with my students and readers. I manifested my passion!
If you (the reader) like reading this, do something about your passion now. Manifest it today!
Last year I visited Peru, South America and helped start the ‘Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” run jointly by CIDE-PUCP and Future Startup Heroes. I spent almost three weeks in Peru visiting number of cities helping promote the culture of entrepreneurship. Here are some photographs capturing my Peruvian memories.
Before leaving Peru I promised the participants of the first batch of the diploma program that I would send them every month, two “readings” on entrepreneurship education. I kept my promise and this month I am sending them the fifth and last installment. As I was putting together the readings I realised that I had an opportunity to not make it the last mail from me (entrepreneurial educator?).
Last week, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) launched a new journal with a focus on entrepreneurship education. It is called “Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy” (EE&P). Its name and form confirm its sibling status to “Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice” (ET&P) – a premier journal for entrepreneurship research. While I was enjoying the articles from the very first issue of this new journal, it occurred to me that I should share this with my friends who will be soon completing their diploma and becoming entrepreneurship educators.
Would they not benefit from having access to a spring, instead of a glass?
Therefore instead of sending two articles as I have done in the past four months, I decided to turn this into a blog post and send it to them. I hope they read all the articles in the first issue of EE&P (for this month) and continue to look up this journal from time to time. The journal has research articles, cases, instructor resources, and games. This will help them as they embark on their journey to being world class entrepreneurship educators!
Peru is an entrepreneurial country and with a host of entrepreneurial educators the nation can catalyse its entrepreneurial journey.
Good Luck to every one of them.
Before planning new projects (something that gets done during this time of the year) it is important to clear up the table (physical, electronic, and mental) before starting anything new.
A good way to do it is to “tidy up” your place – keep what’s useful; give away what you may not need any longer (but someone else may); and discard what is useless.
I tried doing this over the last weekend and I was surprised !!
Never realised how so many things got accumulated. So many papers, books, stationary, clothes and other things which I had not even looked up for months on end lay right there on my shelf and around my room. Removing them needed time as I had to look at each of them and decide if I would use it going further (in the next year). Honestly, a difficult question to answer. I felt like keeping every single one of them (telling myself how important it was). Thank God I had recently read a little book called “The art of discarding” by Nagisa Tatsumi (‘Suteru Gijyutsu’ in Japanese) and this helped me happily reason to myself and become freer in life.
Interestingly a day after the tidying project I find myself immensely productive. So if you are wondering how to spend your last week of the year – “decluttering your home or office” by discarding what may be unnecessary could be a great way to finish the year — and an even greater way to enter 2018. It might help you find a lot of things that could be more useful to others.
Think about it!
A student of mine recently wrote to me saying he was surprised that most of the B-Plan competition winners failed to start or failed after starting. He looked back at one award winning B-Plan presentation and found that even he (a nascent entrepreneur) could easily locate significant gaps in its business model. What surprised him was that none of the jury asked him anything related to that. They were enamoured by his presentation. That boy, encouraged by the jury and the award went on to start the business and eventually failed.
Could this unnecessary failure been stopped? Is it the responsibility of those who sit in the jury to be critical? But then how will these competitions run? Events are a part of the show business, “show” is critical.
His mail reminded me of a Reality Show on TV for identifying super singers. On one such final the boy who delivered the best performance did not come first. It was the one who got the maximum votes from the public (the most popular one) who came in first. One of the famous singers who was on the jury came to the stage and said something like this to the that boy who sang well and did not win “You may not have won the title today, but remember you are a real super singer.” And if I am not wrong he also offered him a chance to sing in one of his upcoming movies.
This is what I told my student – Please understand that the business model of events and reality shows is to create hype and raise emotions. It thrives on populism. Though they call themselves “Reality Shows” the only thing missing is “Reality”. So be wary! But remember that they are important and have their place in any entrepreneurship ecosystem! Make use of these events if they can help you, but don’t spend your life trying to be the new actor on stage.
Between August and September this year, I spent about three weeks in this lovely Latin American nation called Peru. Apart from the time spent at work, I enjoyed learning about Peruvian culture and made some amazing friends. Here are some memories captured.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few thousands 🙂
ASQ – Administrative Science Quarterly
Link to journal: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/asq
I also firmly believe (like many others) that ASQ is the crown jewel among journals in management. It is every scholar’s dream to publish there at least once in their life time. Some scholars are amazing, for they publish more than once in the ASQ.
The journal publishes articles that are forward looking and research executed with the highest rigour and relevance. There is no question that when the editor of this wonderful journal says something about “Presenting Evidence”, there can only be things to learn.
Please find a short presentation from the present editor Prof Henrich Greve which I hope you will find fascinating and full of learning.
Happy Reading, Learning and Thinking!
Are you applying?
If you are an entrepreneur or a research team interested in solving big challenges in “health”, “agriculture” or “water” – here is a competition that you do not want to miss. It offers financial and non-financial rewards. It also provides a great opportunity to be a “born global” firm.
The last date (as per the linked web page) for application is 12th November 2017.
Check here for details and making an application: https://www.startupindiahub.org.in/content/sih/en/reources/innovation-challenge.html
Go ahead! Solve big problems! Change the World! One step at a time!
Take the first step today.