It’s almost lunchtime as I write this post, and a lot of people are going to leave their desk and grab a sandwich and a drink for a quick bite before they get back to work. They are probably going to spend anywhere between $10 and $18 on that meal – and by the time they are done, they aren’t even going to think about it again. But here is something that can put that meal into perspective for you:
The $15 you just spent on lunch… it’s enough to send a young child to school for an entire month in Indonesia.
Hoshizora is a non-profit set up by Reky Martha and her co-founders while she was a student herself. She got her friends together and they would set aside a portion of the money they made doing little part-time student jobs to create an organization that would use those donations to help underprivileged kids in Indonesia go to school.
Today, she is a consultant, working in the field of strategic planning and change management. And I sat down with her to talk about the foundation she created; a self-sustaining nonprofit entity that is changing the lives of over two thousand children in Indonesia.
Listen to my interview with Reky and you will be just as moved and motivated by her stories as I was.
I can tell you from personal experience that the joy of being able to help a child, is incomparable to anything else.
This week we are going to shift gears a bit and hear once again from another one of the incredible ladies from my “Vital Voices: Women on a Mission” series.
I had the opportunity to interview Courtney Savie Lawrence in Mumbai when we were together as part of VVLEAD by Vital Voices. Courtney is the Head of Exploration UNDP’s Regional Innovation Centre, and the co-founder of DSIL Global, a social innovation company.
She is an entrepreneur, educator and connector by nature who thrives by working with others to bring innovative sustainable development projects to life.
I wanted to talk to her about the role that “Change” has played in her life, and how motherhood has changed how she looks at business.
Embracing change is crucial to being able to function in a world that is constantly moving, where the demands on us are different from one minute to the next, and it is especially important to be able to reevaluate our priorities when they are constantly evolving.
Courtney and I talked about the changes that she faced in her work life after having Baby JJ, and how she has integrated him into her work life in order to ensure that she stays on top of her priorities.
I am sure that this episode will be as inspiring for you as it was for me to record. I would love to hear about how you deal with change in the different areas of your life and business.
In part 1, we looked at the folks and groups who can lend individual support to entrepreneurs, here in part 2, we will look at organizations that take on that task, we will look at places that entrepreneurs can work, places they can learn and places where they can meet like-minded entrepreneurs.
There are many organizations for whom supporting entrepreneurship is their main focus, and finding these groups can really help an entrepreneur. So have a listen to this list and be sure to let us know if there is anyone you would add. Is there a specific group that you are part of? Leave a note in the comments below and let us know.
The one thing we know for sure is that Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. Not a lot of people can relate to the trials and challenges that entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. And there are even fewer people who can give good advice that relates to your situation.
You can’t really talk to friends or family members, because they just don’t have the same frame of reference, so unless you go out an actively seek people who are aligned with you, it’s going to stay very lonely.
Thankfully, there are a lot more entrepreneurs around the world than you would imagine, and as such, there are a lot of people just like you, with similar stories and similar challenges. When your friend just doesn’t get why you would rather stay at your computer at 9:30 pm working on a proposal instead of going out and blowing off some steam, a fellow entrepreneur would not only understand, but they would also encourage you to get that proposal done before going to bed tonight!
So thinking about this, I started putting together a small list of different types of support that entrepreneurs can find out there. And the list kept getting bigger and bigger – so big in fact that I decided to split it into two separate podcast episodes.
In this first section, we will talk about the different types of individual support you can find out there as an entrepreneur, and in the second episode, we will talk about all the different organizations that are out there supporting entrepreneurs.
So if you haven’t heard much about masterminds, if you don’t know the difference between a coach and a mentor, and if you thought that the only type of membership you can get was at a gym…. listen up, cause I’ve got a whole lot of good news for you!
Have a listen to this week’s podcast and let me know what kind of support is your favorite and which one you are currently using.