By | Abhijit Bhaduri |Keynote speaker, Author and Columnist
Ravi Venkatesan was the Chairman of Microsoft India. His first book was “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere” was written in 2013. The key idea of his book was that global organisations need to be in India for the long run. Its sheer size makes it too hard to ignore. But the global businesses tend to think of India as one homogenous entity. The English speaking, tech-savvy Indian colleagues makes them feel that the Indian market is largely like the Western world. To be fair the top 1% of most countries is pretty close to their counterparts in other countries. The reality is that India is a country so incredibly diverse that a Chairman of Unilever had once said,”India is a land of mouthwatering opportunities and eye-watering challenges” <Read my review>
“What the Heck Do I Do With My Life?”
Three answers to that question
Lesson No 1: Forget about jobs
Ravi speaks about the initiative where 800,000 students in 1000 schools in Delhi are being taught how to build an entrepreneurial mindset. This is taught through cleverly designed games and projects.
When they are challenged to build a paper plane with their non-dominant hand (ie if you are right handed, then your left hand is non-dominant), they learn tenacity. In another class, they learn about collaboration by trying to build the tallest structure with things that are in the classroom. They learn a valuable lesson in collaboration and handling failure when the structures topple even after careful planning.
During the summer vacation, each student is given a loan of Rs 500/- to start a business. At the end of the vacation, they are expected to return the ‘loan’. The children are learning to be optimistic. With an entrepreneurial mindset, they become more tenacious and begin to see opportunities when everyone around is cribbing about problems.
2. Join the Passion Economy
‘The Passion Economy’, which is an economy driven by people who find a way to build small businesses around what they are good at and what they love doing. In a book by the same name, Adam Davidson shows that there are unprecedented new opportunities to make a living while doing what you love.
New digital platforms enable people to earn a livelihood in a way that highlights their individuality. These platforms give providers greater ability to build customer relationships, increased support in growing their businesses, and better tools for differentiating themselves from the competition. In the process, they’re fuelling a new model of internet-powered entrepreneurship. <read more>
3. Build a portfolio career
We will have the opportunity to integrate other activities and interests, including family time, having fun, learning and contributing to society much better. This way of operating is often called a portfolio life. It used to be a way some people arranged their life post-retirement, but with people living and needing to remain active much longer, and traditional employment opportunities dwindling, more and more of us will need to build ourselves a portfolio life even sooner.
One line summary of the book: Stay current and take charge of your own destiny.
I will be chatting with Ravi Venkatesan on January 27, 2022 at 7pm IST. He will be the first guest of Season 4 of my weekly LinkedIn Live. The theme for season 4 is Technology and Talent. It will be a live chat where you can ask questions too. So join in.
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