Be it KathiharTo Kennedy, or TeachForIndia or Vanguard, there is one thing common!
It’s a cliche when I read this book and reflect some of my own beliefs about having a purpose-driven life. This book amazed me for 2 reasons. First, what starts as a biography of sorts completely transcends narration to a reflection of societal norms and how flawed some of them are really are and how is it impacting everybody’s life blatantly but silently. It’s a story of a boy who travels from a village to the city to finally go back to the same place to bring the change he earnestly wished for in the area of education, women empowerment, and numerous other fields. To that extent, it was holistic, Rich with his own experiences, contemplative and somewhat disturbing when we tend to relate to our everyday life. What starts as a story ends with a proactive thought of who we are and what do we stand for? Who is responsible for the degeneration of the values in our society? Why there is corruption in our culture as well as in our thoughts? How things have turned from bad to worse with a bureaucracy which thinks as no less than the kingsmen, government looking other side and poor/marginally neglected class left to fend for itself. Where does it all going to end if we degenerate to the point of no return? Did we ever have an ethical identity? And if we do have, there is a slight chance to invoke that collective wisdom to change the society for good and that cannot happen without changing the education system! A good read and thought-provoking indeed!
One such organization that is born out a similar dream dreamt by an 18-year-old girl, Shaheen Mistri resulted in Teach for India Movement. In 2006, 17 years after starting the Akanksha Foundation, Shaheen felt compelled to address the issue of educational inequity at scale. As she thought through the solution, she believed that the answer lay in a people’s movement that needed to come together to provide every child in India an excellent education and that resulted in “Teach For India” and the vision was audacious enough. The vision was, “all children will attain an excellent education” and how did they accomplish what they stand for? By simply building a movement of leaders to eliminate educational inequity in India.
Some of the best known financial gurus too had similar dreams to go beyond just making money and being selfish. They wanted to spread a movement of ethical practices of Finance and the way the investment is managed. Be it Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch, John C Bogle, and the likes. They were not just great investors in history but they uplifted the whole society and made a movement out of it, so to say.
To this date, the foundational values of any organization or a person drive the change they wish to see beyond themselves. It is simply selfless acts that result in building a great organization or a grand undertaking. When somebody benefits, society gains, and when the community serves, you will gain. But the chances are disastrous when you go the opposite :)
Altruism is a virtue and that keeps you grounded when you dream to change the world for better!