Guest Blog by Manishi Sagar, CEO, The Kinderville Group
There are two kinds of people in the world—entrepreneurs and everyone else.
An entrepreneur is an artist. An entre- preneur is a magician. We have this huge dream, this huge ambition to create some- thing and on the other hand almost no resources and yet we make something out of nothing.
I have this huge dream of building bilingual schools where children can read, write, think and dream in French and English, where chess and yoga is an inte- gral part of the curriculum, where we will create the leaders of tomorrow—but we have no money. Yet somehow we build the schools. Somehow students trickle in. Somehow we create a team that we can trust around us. I feel like David Copperfield.
Translating zero resources into infinite dreams is my job.
As an entrepreneur I have learned to live on the verge of bankruptcy. I have a deal with my bank (they don’t know about it). For six months I own my house and for the next six months the bank owns the house. When I believed that I owned my home and I had to take a second or third mortgage to meet my payroll, I would get very tense and stressed. Now I have changed my attitude. Now I believe that the bank owns my home and has kindly allowed me to live in it. I am happy.
What is an entrepreneur?
I dare to answer this after almost a decade of study- ing and learning from my peers at my Montreal Women Presidents’ Organization. She is someone special. You know that within a few minutes of chatting with her. She is a leader, she has charis- ma, and she has vision. She is intelligent and ambitious, knows what she wants and has the con- fidence to build consensus around the table in five minutes. She is large- hearted and generous, and yes, at times too proud to ask for help.
A successful entrepreneur would be bold yet prudent, visionary yet practical, tough yet empathetic, focused yet flexible and brilliant yet humble. These are not my words; I am merely quoting from one of the great speeches I have heard and loved.
I hold entrepreneurs in the highest regard. They can change the world. And that should be the role of business—to make the world a better place for every- one. Business needs to make economic sense and must also be sustainable— socially, emotionally and environmentally.
This article first appeared in Vol. 15, No. 1 of Enterprising Women Magazine
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