Empowerment Panel

Empowering people is a greater action to bring a change within the people. Empowerment refers to the both self-empowerment and professional support by the people, which enables to overcome all the barriers and recognize the use of the resources that individual have. With an aim to empower teenagers and to solve the social issues by a movement Glocal International Teen Conference conducts a panel session every year to increase the teenager’s participation to act for a positive change through individual initiation and creativity.

 

On September 1st, 2019 GITC was held with the Empowerment panel session, where the session deployed a speaker’s stories and had an interactive discussion on “Teenager’s Role and Participation on social issues. In order to influence a teenager from around the world GITC has marked a historical event by bringing a passionate teenager together to create a change in the world.

 

The Empowerment panel session was moderated by Ms. Ranju Darshana (Youth Leader of Nepal) who created an empowering environment with five speakers from different countries. The speakers were:

 

  1. Shardul Deshmukh (19 years old Undergraduate Engineer Student from India)
  2. Iwo Adam Hachulski (17 years old Youth Activist from Poland)
  3. Vaibhav Nahata (17 years old Motivational Speaker from Nepal)
  4. Jennie Ebihara (18 years old Youth Activist from Japan)
  5. Zafar Waseem (18 years old Social Activist from Pakistan)

 

Here is the gist of the discussion:

 

Moderator: I would like to start the panel session with simple question for every panelist i.e. What does empowerment mean to you in 3 words?

 

Zafar: This is Zafar Waseem from Pakistan, 19-year-old teenager and Ambassador of Prime Minister Youth Program and Public Speaker. I consider empowerment as an ability to know yourself, ability to know who you really are because wherever I go, I got this topic because I consider my life as I was empowered at stage of my life.

 

When I was 17 years old, I had a time as a part of broken family. I got dropped from my college and came to federal capital Islamabad and started working in call center where my working shift was from 8pm to 6am in the morning and used to talk with western people. Through them I have learned and then there came a time when I got 100% scholarship merit based in Islamabad. I started studying and balanced work as well. At that time, I also participated in different public speaking competition and got award as a best speaker from Pakistan and also recognized by Prime Mister himself. So, I thought about it What is empowerment? I knew myself and had a dream to present my country at International Forum. And two years later today here I am in front of you people representing my country Pakistan.

 

Jennie: Hi! My name is Jennie Ebihara from Tokyo and 18 years old girl. I am a founder of “Teen for Equality Japan”. It’s basically an organization, where we educate Japanese youth on “Gender Issues” based on Japan. So, in 3 words, I think empowerment would be to share the confidence. What I think is “Empowerment is to find confidence within yourself and share your feelings”. So, sometimes in my life there is a time that I feel like, wow… I am so lucky to be a girl whether that can be like outfits that I wear and feel happy to be a girl or when I input my opinion among a place where there is only guys and only girl and at that time, I am lucky to be a girl.

 

So, this is something that empowers me for being a girl and to feel empowered I think that you want to share, how you feel about it to someone else. I think that’s an empowerment. Sharing that feeling to someone and empowering yourself that is empowerment.

 

Vaibhav: Hello Everyone! I am Vaibhav Nahata from eastern part of Nepal called Biratnagar. Two years back when I was in grade 10 and I took the water bottle and poured in my head and asked always who I am? When I was in school, I was the favorite bully victim. In my school if there is a one guy who want to release frustration up to you then, come to Vaibhav and that was Viabhav. Within two years something happened that completely transformed my life and when we talk about empowerment. Those three words that I use every single day i.e. “We are Champions”. To me empowerment is realizing that we are champions.

 

Iwo: My name is Iwo Adam Hachulski and originally from Poland. I am studying in UK at British Boarding School and pursuing my International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Focusing back on the empowerment, I will define it a bit differently that I would say its “Empower to fight for own’s right and freedom”.

 

Shardul: Hello Everyone! This is Shardul Deshmukh from India. I am 19 years old and currently pursuing computer science in 3rd year of University. According to me the 3 key words that define Empowerment would be is Value, Motivation and getting in what you love to do. So, Value because I try to add value in someone’s else life and motivate youths.

 

I also work for few SDGs goals in certain part of my country. Most of my work is about “Gender Equality” and motivate youths to work in SDGs goals and bring a change.

 

Moderator: From all the panelist we have some common words that has come i.e. Self-Motivation, Hard labor and Believing on yourself. Now, I would like to know from all of you that, what are the things that has triggered you to be a Social Activist, an Entrepreneur, to work for Gender Rights, to be recognized by the head of the country and to be motivating 100 and thousands of people?

 

Shardul: Something that triggered me is two young girls sitting outside my university at 4 pm every day. One day I asked them the reason on behind sitting every day and they said that – we like to see the students that are studying and doing whatever they like.

 

The girls were the underprivileged and didn’t got the opportunity to go the university.

So, I thought Why not create a wing under a student’s body where we can help all the underprivileged teenagers and give them a class like music, literature anything whatever they like.

 

So, I approached to my university and now we have “Kalakriti” where we give classes to 13 underprivileged kid on their interested courses.

 

Moderator: Shardul, why do you feel like working for the underprivileged? Why does it matter to you to work for them?

 

Shardul: I felt that even they should also get a chance to show their potential but then they don’t have a resource to show their talent stuff.

 

Zafar: As I am the first Speaker from Pakistan in GITC. Earlier my cousin sister got selected but due to family system, she was not allowed to be over here. At that time, she said me to apply in GITC and come over here. The kind of condition that we have in Northern Pakistan that girls are not let to go for education.

 

So, I thought that I will work for it and started from my own. Today my sister is studying along with 10 girls. I started off campus at my own home and let them know that what they really are and what can they do? I believe that we have to stand in the corridors of truth and those time of wonders you can know who you are? Who am I? and What is my Purpose?

 

Vaibhav: Two years back, I was going to Calcutta for seven days camp with bunch of 7 – 10 peoples and when I returned back from camp, I knew that I have got energy that I need. So, I made some strict goals within myself. And more about transformation realization is the key to bring around complete break through.

 

Iwo: I would like to share the short story because I believe learning by experience. So, real life examples are always best one. I would say it’s something what I am doing for new turn because I was given different scholarship in British High School and it opened lots of ways and opportunities which we commonly called networking. The most important event that we did together in this network was organizing “Block Chain Conference”. It’s a technology which might drive a world in the future, slowly which will be a new internet. So, we organized an event with more than 600 participants at national stadium and we attracted so many partners like Microsoft, IBM, lots of embassies from all over the world and gave so much of power that we knew that we cannot stop it and just go further.

 

And what I did next was founding a block, which was connected fully to the conference and aims to educate people about technology. So, from my perspective such thing makes you fly honestly and put yourself up and just grow.

 

Moderator: Jennie ! You are an activist; I would like to know why you want to be an activist and since you are an activist, what are the key problems that you have faced?

Jennie: Basically, in my school, we have physical education class and we do gymnastics. In the process of gymnastics, the teacher used to call only boys to carry the heavy stuff and girls were said to take a rest because we are a girl. This is small thing but japan is the most developed country in the world. We have a lot of economic power and more other things but still as a student I still have to deal with the gender discrimination on daily basis. That’s ridiculous right? So, it was something small but I questioned in my community and wanted to let speak about in justice.

 

I think even questioning the smallest part, we can start developing a new solution and that’s how we all start being an activist for a better cause. One thing I want to say that is yes, gender equality does emphasize girls, I admit that because their aestivation in alleviation makes us to reach man. Because that’s equality and how we are going to adjust these skills that’s one approach. But one thing we all have to remember is that man is also the part of the conversation as well and adding more women in the conference table by inviting girls to speak about the gender equality.

 

Moderator: Financial issues are the one which have stopped more teenagers to step forward! So, what were the solution for it? How do you actually get started your journey tackling with those financial issues?

 

Vaibhav: When we talk about getting started up! It’s basically simple that when you are starting you have to start with very small and that’s how you start doing. In my personal experience, I belong from Madhvari family and we are supposed to help in family business. But I was not the one who didn’t go office and my mum used to complain about it as other siblings were making money. But slowly they understand me and realized my initiation. I believe that the first step is to what brings all the difference and transformation that has to brought about it.

 

Zafar: Yes, you face the obstacles but it’s a courage that you find in yourself. People will forget what will you say, what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel! The people who are pointing today trust me they will stand with you and follow you.

 

Shardul: When I was travelling to Nepal for this conference, even my friends were interested to apply and they had a lot of questions regarding the selection. My answer is just take the first step towards doing something, I think it covers a 50% of it. Once you started you will keep doing it. Also, the financial things, you need to value yourself first. Even it’s your small investment for your project you need to value yourself and invest on it and go for searching for the investment or people that could help you on your initiation.

 

Jennie: I think to start social activism, the most important thing is to start conversations. What I meant by this is the most efficient way is to change someone is through talking to them and to connect with them. And Believe on you that you have to teach people from the depth of the heart. In my experience with my teacher that discriminating girls and generalizing girls are weaker than boys. So, I spoked my teacher that was wrong to assume him about all girls. I think that’s all something you can do, where you don’t need money for that nor neither resources. You just need your voice and ultimately your voice is going to change the people’s perspectives and that’s goanna change about the girls what they feel about themselves and about their gender. So, make conversations on taboos topics and connect to people one to one.

 

Iwo: When you look from bigger perspectives you might see motivation is very important but it last only for very short time. So, the motivation needs to transform into habits. If you transform it then everything will go right and you just need to develop and focus on improving yourself.

 

Coming back to financial issues its most important is that doing what we love to do. Because you live with passion, you can constantly improve yourself and work. Share your stories and motivate others that would make a better human being. I think it’s only the solution for the current situation nowadays.

 

Moderator: Any panelist wants to share about the time that you have felt empty and couldn’t go ahead?

 

Zafar: Talking about that particular time, yes there was a moment when my mother left us. I was totally like out of touch. Slowly and gradually things got better and I started to learn how to let go of past. How to release those things that doesn’t make sense because replaying those scenes it’s just to cloud your judgement. Yes, there comes a time when sometimes you feel empty but what I do is I just write my feelings in Diary and recall it for my decision and my growth.

 

Jennie: In my organization we hold workshops for education but sometimes we expect 50 students to come but only 8 peoples come. We felt bad because we put so much effort in it. I think we people who are working to bring a change sometimes feel low on yourself. Because what you do doesn’t meet the expectation or it doesn’t go as plan. So, what I do is on that situation is admitting your mistakes. What I mean that is something that we do if it doesn’t go success there might be something wrong and was not responding that what people need it. Admitting to those mistakes and figuring out what we can do, I think learning from these mistakes is crucial into bouncing back and finding the motivation to restart what you doing. Yes, every one fails sometime, so find positivity with that and use that as a learning experience to tackle the holes that you are missing.

 

Vaibhav: In this situation what I do is write in my diary. I have two blogs one is success blog and another is super success blog where I write my story over there. So, my concept is just simple that “Falling down is not the end”.

 

Iwo: For me it’s similar as other speakers, so many situations has made me discouraged fully on what I was doing. I would like to share my story when I came to British School like for first few weeks. I was completely alone over there where everything was new for me. So, both academically and non- academically it was really tough but gradually it got better. Finally, after a year I was perfect and boosted me up. It’s obvious that tough time will again come in next year but you have to make one step up back to make two steps forward. And that’s exactly how I see it and makes me hope for the future that it won’t be worst. Because believe in yourself there’s always a solution or way to up to the heaven.

 

Shardul: Back at my 10th grade, there used to be an election for captain in our school. And I was completely introvert person and had no friend literally. So, everyone in class were like complaining me and not perfect to be a captain. That completely made me feel low at that time. So, I questioned myself and pulled off Why I cannot do this and motivated myself to value my decision and successfully got an opportunity to be a captain. So, If I feel demotivate then what I do just is to encourage own self.

 

Moderator: When it comes to teens and youths specially many of us has excluded from going to highly official circles, they think that we do not understand because of small age to be among them. So, in your country what are the problems related to the youths and how as a person are you being a part of the solution to that problem?

 

Zafar: Coming towards the solution, what I believe is on inclusiveness because if we just take them and involve with you. That is how they will learn and by inclusiveness you can make a difference because taking them along and conducting different activities and getting them together with involving is the solution what I have found.

 

Jennie: I think the big issue that Japan have is- We are a homogeneous country, so majority of the population are Japanese people, we don’t have diverse religion. I think just one way that people live is stereotypical (Like go to high school, graduate, go to university and make money). Whenever someone goes to abroad to study or start own company and just go out of direction then you become a minority in Japan. That’s one reason that what I feel that why japan has been like economically declining over past few years because everyone did the same thing in their own companies. But now, since whole world is globalizing and entrepreneurship has become a big thing. Japan isn’t catching up to that level of passion, going and doing out your own thing.

 

So, how I am contributing on that is by speaking about gender equality in Japan is already me being as a minority within the rest of Japanese majority. Also, out education and listening to people’s stories is really important which makes us encourage to step out.

 

Vaibhav: I am sorry to say that there are no problems but there is something called challenges and this is simple perspectives changes that what I think can bring a lot of differences. So, when it comes to challenges the biggest challenge that we have is love to kick. What if we kick with the responsibility and able to bring the changes? The perspectives that there is no problem and there are only challenges that are meant to be solved. .

Iwo: I would like to kick off with the issues that currently we are fighting with it i.e. climate change. An issue which is occurring everywhere and everyone affected by it. We have youth climate change in Poland, this organization which took like around 50,000 participants which appeared to be biggest movement focused on climate change. That makes people believe actually what they are fighting on it! To make life changes which cannot be introduce by only yourself, at first you need to make people aware about them.

 

And that’s the biggest problem that we are facing now but also there is lots of different issues which we are considering in Poland. It’s really good to see that there is a group of people who really wants to bring changes and fight for something for a cause.

 

Shardul: I have only one line for this, actually we have a lot of challenges in every country. I think the solution would be changing yourself at the ground level first and then gradually all the challenges will turn into positive things.

 

Vaibhav: It begins with the simple person and it’s true that we alone cannot change the world. But our work as an inspiration can definitely change the world.

 

Moderator: For this panel I would like to request to all the panelist to take a pledge in near future that you would reject the manliest, if you are called in any of them. (Basically, manliest is the panel with all men)

 

Now, the floor is open for the questions. I would like to request you to all the participants to raise their questions.

 

Participants: What message do you want to give teenagers who are wasting their more time in social media?

 

Zafar: If you have a passion to do something with all the plans then there won’t be a time to waste it.

 

Sahrdul: What you do that matter in the social media and defines waste of time or not! So, social media if you use it in very productive way then, I think this is the best platform that we have all got right now. You can get all the opportunities and ways to improve yourself.

 

Vaibhav: Once you set the bigger goal then you will not get a time to use social media. So, you have to find more important goal for you than social media.

 

Iwo: From my perspectives social media is just choosing about priority of your life. So, you need to wakeup with determination and go to bed with satisfaction which perfectly defines what is important for you. Think of what can you do to develop yourself and just make a progress in your life.

 

Jennie: I think prioritizing is most important for youths. Prioritizing what you want to do in your life is a key. I don’t think investing 24 hours for studying and working on projects is good. It’s ok to use the social media and doing fun. Understanding that we need to bounce both fun time and working time and do what you love to do.

 

Participants: World is full of opinion, and how can we deal with the both constructive criticism and worst criticism?

 

Vaibhav: Thinking positivity is not always the solution. So, solution would be thinking constructive rather than thinking positivity. And taking advise and suggestion from the mentors will help you too decide the take a good decision as well. The most important thing is to choose decision by yourself.

 

Participants: What are your top 3 values and how are you living with your values every day?

 

Zafar: For me decision making is the most important and it comes within yourself where you can look about it and decide.

Participants: I have two questions, what are the mistakes that you guys have committed to the journey till now and Which would like to correct it if you got an opportunity to time travel it?

Second, Do you guys have any initiative through which you could involve underprivileged people who are laborious and talented but who are not skillful? 

Zafar: Yes, every one dreams about it and correct those mistakes. It comes with the time that you do mistakes and then you learn from it.

Vaibhav: When you talk about mistakes and talk about time travel, I don’t want to go back and correct it. Because looking back to the mistakes that I have did has head me to become a person who I am now. Actually, mistake make changes by appreciating it.

Jennie: Take a time to analyze your mistakes. Mistakes doesn’t happen often as much as we think. So, use of those mistakes and realize it. It is important to keep positivity and also important to acknowledge at the same time. Sometime if we are in the wrong direction then we can fix it by ourselves.

Iwo: About the unprivileged students. It’s just a question of approach.  Me personally I would be a favor of systematic solutions. So that government proposes a something like applying in over a country. The problem is just different in all over the world. Trying from yourself and making better place to live is the perfect that we can do.

Remarks by Iwo: You all have heard about our stories and experiences but the thing is that like summary of all those things. I would like to say, you have to be anybody to be somebody. Just stay yourself! Thank You.

 

Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion 2019

Entrepreneurship is the ‘hot topic’ all around the world that fascinates many. It generally means starting a business and earning money and is associated with the ability to improve standards of living and to create wealth, but it is derived from a French word ‘Entreprendre’ which means to do something or to initiate. So, initiation was the major theme in the entrepreneurship panel of Glocal International Teen Conference 2019.

 

Asish Thakur, the Executive Director at Glocal Pvt. Ltd moderated this panel discussion and talked with three different panelists from India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

 

The panelists were: Mr. Lakshay Chhabra from India, 18 years old entrepreneur and co-founder of Jhutpat Logistics (a local delivery and courier service); Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed from Bangladesh, 17 year old inventor who invented ‘Braille Board’ and Mr. Swornim Shrestha from Nepal, a 19 year old entrepreneur and also one of the top 6 finalists of Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero-2018.

 

The gist of the panel discussion is below:

 

Moderator: Good morning everyone! So, we’re talking about entrepreneurship here. And everyone wants to be associated with that word. But do we really understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. Before I ask my panelists, is there anyone who has an answer to that?

 

(raise of hands) yes, please

 

Audience 1: Thank you, sir! For me, entrepreneurship is a process that finds creative and innovative solutions to the problems that are prevailing in our society. So many things like innovation, creativity and leadership come when we talk about entrepreneurship.

 

Moderator: Great! Now, before I let my panelists introduce themselves, I want to ask them what entrepreneurship for them? Who is an Entrepreneur? Swornim, you can answer.

 

Swornim: I think it is about making changes and also about making money.

 

Iftekhar: For me, it is to solve real life problems. If all of us have some little problems, then with little effort we can help solve those problems

 

Lakshay: Well, as you said everyone wants to be an entrepreneur as it looks very fascinating to you, speaking from a personal experience. But when I really got involved in entrepreneurship, I feel like an entrepreneur is someone who can fetch an opportunity out of any problem. We see problems as opportunities and build something out of challenges.So, yeah the tag of an entrepreneur comes with a cost, if I be honest with you. You can even lose friends but it is something worth it.

 

 

Moderator: Alright, Great! So, from what we’ve heard, it is about making change and money and also losing friends (laughs). Okay, so the word entrepreneur comes from France which means initiation. But the word is coined with business and money. So, would you term a teacher to be an entrepreneur?

 

Swornim: Well, I think it depends on what he does in the class. A teacher should teach students in a practical manner and making them truly understand concepts. If they do that, then yes, they are entrepreneurs.

 

Moderator: Hm, so would you term a doctor to be an entrepreneur? Like, do you term the doctor who first did a brain surgery an entrepreneur? Iftekhar?

 

Iftekhar: No, I don’t think so.

 

 

Moderator: Lakshay? What do you think?

 

Lakshay: As, you clearly said, it is all about initiation. If you’re initiative, you’re an entrepreneur. Even teachers in classrooms can be entrepreneurs. They come up with different ideas to do their own things innovatively. So, yeah, I’d call them entrepreneurs.

 

 

Moderator: Perfect! Entrepreneur in simple terms means doing something new. So, I’d like you to introduce yourselves along tell our audience what the new thing is you’ve initiated which makes you call yourselves an entrepreneur. Let’s start with Swornim.

 

Swornim: I have been involved in this organization called ‘Tinybits Foundation’ where we help people learn different things by ‘educating by making’. Another one is this website I am involved with which is an e-commerce website called ‘Pahilo Deal’ where we want to revolutionize online shopping experience and change how people think about e-commerce in Nepal.

 

Iftekhar: Well, I’d like to introduce myself with the help of a story about a person. One day I was in my class and couldn’t see anything and couldn’t read anything. This made me think about how blind people read and write. They have this huge barrier when it comes to reading which made me research about it. I met this young guy who lost his vision at the age of 3. He told me that the government are not providing them the special kind of books with braille lettering. This is probably because these special books cost a lot. It costs thousands of dollars to buy such books. Then, after understanding the status quo, I promised myself that I’ll solve this problem. I started learning programming and within a year I made a $70 IT device called ‘BRAILLE BOARD’ which is a computer that blind people can use. This computer contains thousands of books and even tools like calculator and alarm. They can even navigate location via this computer. So, to sum up, I’m just this 18-year-old software developer from Bangladesh who wanted blind people to get as much facilities as we do.

 

Lakshay: Hi I am Lakshay Chabbra, an entrepreneur from India. I am a co-founder of this delivery company called ‘Jhutpat Logistics’. ‘Jhutpat’ basically means very fast and Indian audience can also relate if we use Hindi name We came up with this idea in a business competition for young entrepreneurs where we came up with this plan in one of the sessions. We were thinking about what new things we can do and what is missing. One of our mentors said we don’t have to create something new but can do something old in a new way. From my personal experience, I had difficulty in delivering some items from one place to another, especially in a city like Delhi. There were companies which provided the same delivery service, but they weren’t fast enough. So that’s how we came up with the idea of ‘Jutpat’. This organization has helped me find a purpose.

 

 

Moderator: Great! Okay, Lakhsya, you live in Delhi which is one of the busiest cities of the world. What makes you think your team can initiate something and become a success in a city like Delhi?

 

Lakshay: When we initiated, we were just figuring out some problems. Even when we were in the sessions of the competition we participated; we were told to point out some of the problems we were facing. So, when you asked about how we are doing this in Delhi, I believe it’s because of our method and our passion for our work. If we weren’t passionate about our work or didn’t have faith in our company, we wouldn’t be successful. This passion is important for every endeavor, not just entrepreneurship. Likewise, we also need to be courageous enough to experiment and risk.

 

 

Moderator: Alright, so my next question to Iftekhar. How has your team supported your invention and work of ‘Braille Board’? How have you involved them?

 

Iftekhar: ‘Braille Board’ is just a device and my journey doesn’t start with this device but with just a software. A software that would help them and provide them education. I made the software in 2 months, but the problem is, it was very difficult for blind people to comprehend the nuances of the software. While I was working with the team, the majority of them were concerned about getting paid rather than solving problems. It is very difficult when they don’t share the same passion as yours.

 

 

Moderator: Okay, Thank you. Swornim, you have connected education with what you are doing. You have gone to schools of Sindhupalchowk which is in a bit of a rural area from your organization. Can you give us some insights on how have you been linking entrepreneurship with education?

 

Swornim: Talking about how and when did I come up with this idea, I went to every teacher where I studied, and they were very supportive and eager to help. After that I went to different schools to help them have practical education. But when I went to different schools they said ‘no’. But I believe in turning a ‘no” into a ‘yes’. That motivated me to work.

 

Moderator: Great! All three of them told us what motivated them. When it comes to entrepreneurship, we have multiple stakeholders and players. We need people to make your ideas a success. So, people are the most important aspect of entrepreneurs. Some people support you whereas some become the reason for your failure. So, choosing the right ones to execute your ideas is very important. So, how do you choose your people? Let’s start with Swornim

 

Swornim: Well, I have also done the mistake of choosing the wrong people. When I was so motivated to start the work and I did the mistake of choosing people in a hurry. I think we need to take some time to understand people and their motivations very closely in order to welcome in your team.

 

Iftekhar: I think choosing people is the most important part of any entrepreneurship journey. Currently, I am working with three mentors. They help me with their experience and help me make decisions. So, I think we should choose people not just from our experience but the help with our mentors who provide guidance to us.

 

Lakshay: I certainly agree with you when you said we need to be wise when choosing people. But I think people who become the reason for your failures are also equally important because they are the best sources for our learning. People who have different opinions can teach us a lot. They can put us on the problems that we were not expecting and even give out solutions that we might not have thought of.

 

 

Moderator: Perfect! Yes, failures do come with learning! Now’s it’s the interaction round with the audience. I give the floor to the audience.

 

(raise of hands)

 

Question 1: So, my question is, being a teenager, it is hard to get funding to start your startup company. How did you manage it? This question is for anyone who’s willing to answer.

 

Lakshay: Shall I answer? Okay, my family isn’t very well off. So, I am someone who had ideas and visions, but the financial situation dragged me down. I used to ask questions of funding to every businessman and mentor I met. Initially, there’s this business concept of 3 Fs. They are- friends, families and fools. (laughs) Well, you have friends and families who support you. Then, there are fools who fall for your ideas and probably get invest in your ideas. (laughs). Jokes aside, you can also cut down your personal expenses and save pocket money. It might be little but will definitely help have some money.

 

Moderator: Okay, next question.

 

 

 

Question 2: Hi, as someone who runs a startup company here in Kathmandu, I had a question about multitasking. I just completed this book called ‘The one thing’, where the writer says that multitasking is a myth. But on the contrary, Lakshay, in the panel, supported multi-tasking. So, is it a myth or not?

 

Lakshay: Thank you! So, when I was in grade 11, I had all these ideas in my head but along with that I also had to focus on my studies. I was also giving tuitions to children for some pocket money and I also had to attend my classes. In grade 12, I took the class of mathematics which has extremely difficult. It was in grade 12, we started our venture. I did multitask then and I do multitask now. Nowadays, I go to college and also go to the office to see over my business’s operations. I am also preparing for Chartered Accountancy. My days are very hectic, and I have to multitask to complete all of my works in time. Thank you.

 

 

Question 3: Previously, our presenter said that we need to have a co-founder to establish a business. So, do you think it is necessary to have a co-founder by your side for businesses to thrive?

 

Iftekhar: There is one thing I forgot to mention in my discussion before and I think I can answer your question now by saying what I missed earlier. So, in my team we have a visually impaired person who has helped us immensely and without him, our invention wouldn’t be possible. He is a software developer. Not just him, there are many visually- impaired people who are helping us because they understand the problem, I’m trying to solve more than anyone. So, it is important to have team members who are dedicated and carry the same vision as you.

 

Swornim: Okay, so talking about the co-founder and team members, I agree with Iftekhar when he said we needed people with the same vision. I worked in the field of education which needs a lot of dedication. We need people to work for the upliftment of education rather than financial benefits. So, we need to learn to understand people who carry the same visions as yours which takes time. I don’t suggest you to randomly choose team members because it is going to harm you in the long run.

 

Moderator: Great! Next question?

 

 

Question 4: Do I need a business plan to run a successful business? How do I successfully implement the plan without any experience?

 

Lakshay: I think before starting anything, you need to have an idea in your head. You also need to research on what the customers need and what’s the necessity of the people. Talking about the experience, in the business world we have two points. One is experience and other is cash. Take the experience first and then cash will come follow you. We have so many aspirations, but we don’t step into the business world thinking we have little to no experience. We need to step into the real pool of challenges to get the experience which is vital. You will encounter a lot of failure while gathering experiences as well. Do not fear to fail! You must try things and and execute your plans even if you fail several times. If your passion is unhinged even after those failures, then you need to continue.

 

Moderator: Any further questions?

 

 

Question 5: Can differently abled person can be an entrepreneur? How can we motivate them?

 

Iftekhar: As someone who has worked with differently abled people, I can assure you that they have this brilliance within them which is unexplainable. I’m in awe every time I watch them do their work. I don’t know how they are so very focused. They also have this amazing creativity and can innovate things by themselves. I believe that they have the potential but because of the unfavorable infrastructures, they are not able to succeed the way able people are able to succeed. They can definitely be successful entrepreneurs with the help of favorable resources.

 

Moderator: Yes, great! Of course, people are differently abled, and entrepreneurship is all about doing something different. Any more questions?

 

 

Question 6: When we talk about business, profit is the first thing that comes in our mind. How to make your businesses make great impact and time make profit at the same. So, as a budding entrepreneur, do we need to focus on the impact or the profit? If it’s not profits, then how do we sustain ourselves throughout the journey of our entrepreneurship?

 

Swornim: So, let me tell you a small instance. One person asks another how did they reach that level of success; the other person says good decisions and when asked about how he made good decisions then he said bad decisions. The thing we need to do is try small. If you fail, fail small not fail expensive. You should try your idea on small market and move on to the bigger markets. You can make an impact on the smaller market first and see if it works or not. If it doesn’t work, you can change your business model and twitch few other things. Even our team started with visiting small educational institutions and experimented with our ideas. We found out it was impactful enough which led us to approach bigger educational institutions.

 

Moderator: Great! Yes, I agree that good judgement comes with bad experiences. Now, I don’t want to take any questions further from the audience. But I have one last question to all of you. How are choices important to your life?

 

Lakshay: Choices play a very crucial role in your life. Whether be it choosing an educational course or your aim, you need to have a passion for it. If you don’t have passion, then you can neither add value to your life or to your society. It will be just for the sake of it. You have to respect your choices whether it is about partnership or collaboration or your friends. It is important to make the right choice about all of these things. You need to link passion with the choices you make the most out of your choices.

 

Iftekhar: There are so many organizers here and I believe they are successful in their own life. But they prioritized to manage this event and chose this conference in particular. You chose it because they wanted to create an impact upon the society and that is where they get the satisfaction. So, satisfaction is very important aspect to look into when you make any choice.

 

Moderator: Swornim, can you answer the same question?

 

Swornim: I’ll give you an example of a choice I had to make last night. I have an exam in two hours. I had two choices last night: I could sleep or study. I chose to go to bed (laughs) and yes, I’m aware it’ll affect my life. There are so many little choices that we make which affect our lives in a way. These choices can also add different perspective in our lives. So, we need to be mindful about our choices.

 

Moderator: So, when we talk about society and entrepreneurship, we constantly make different choices and we need to respect these choices. Also, as an entrepreneur, we need to prioritize what we want to do rather than what society tells you to do. So, I’d like to end this discussion in this short note. I thank all the panelists for their time!

Socio- Perspective Panel Discussion 2019

In the 21st century, building our socio-perspective is one of the greatest assets. In order to be responsible and thoughtful human being, one must be aware about what is happening around our world. With this in mind, Glocal gathered few extra ordinary individuals from every nook of the world and conducted a Panel Discussion on 1st September 2019.

 

This panel was moderated by Mr. Asish Thakur, Executive Director at Glocal Pvt. Ltd. who talked with 5 different individuals with different perspectives. The panelists were:

 

  1. Mr. Prajesh Khanal from Nepal, an 18 years old Child Rights Activist and Glocal Teen Hero Alumni
  2. Ms. Maodan Tohouri from USA- a 16 years old Social activist from California
  3. Ms. Prasansha KC from Nepal – an 18 years old Child rights activist and Winner of Glocal teen hero 2018
  4. Ms. Vidhi Kohli from India- a 17-year-old Activist and a law student
  5. Mr. Cavin Dennis Tito Siregar from Indonesia- 19-year Social Activist who is also an Ambassador of the International Model United Nations (IMUN) and Global Youth Model United Nations (GYMUN)

 

Here’s the gist of the discussion:

Moderator: Please introduce yourself and why are you doing what you are doing?

Prajesh: Hi. I am Prajesh Khanal. I am 18-year-old and I belong to Jhapa district of Eastern Nepal.  Well, you asked a difficult question (laughs). Well, I started social activism through Child Club. But I was just a child back then, so I had no idea in what I was getting myself into when I started my journey child club.  Then I started environment conservation campaigns from the same child club did then I started to see the response from the children and people.  It was because of such feedback, reactions of children and love and support from everyone, I do what I do.

Maodan: Thank you for having me. My name is Maodan Tohuri and I am a social activist from the USA.  I am 16 years old and as a response to the question on why I do what I do because I believe in the power of youth. I worked on organizing campaigns and rallies on gun violence prevention and that’s when I realized through my work I wanted to provide infrastructures to youth.

Prasansha: My name is Prasansha KC.  I am 18 years old social activist from Nepal working against child marriage and kidnap marriage.  When I was younger, I never thought I would be a social activist.  There are many stories that motivate me to work as an activist.  For instance, one of my friends from my hometown, Rukum, had a miscarriage when she was only 15 while I was getting quality education in Kathmandu at 15 years old. I was heartbroken and didn’t want anyone to go through what my friend went through. So, stories like these motivate me to work.

Vidhi: Hi, my name is Vidhi Kohli and I am 19 years from India. There’s no story behind what I am doing today but it’s just an observation when talking about SDG’s and I think about the root of these problems SDGs are trying to solve. I also think about the solutions to these deep-rooted problems and I realize it is education.  There is a fine line between being literate and being educated. Being only literate is useless but being educated matters. Education is something that comes from your action. So, I educate children with the purpose of making them solve the problems in our society.

Cavin: My name is Cavin Dennis Tito Siregar and I am from Indonesia.  A year ago I didn’t believe that I could bring a change and start a movement. But, I am currently a brand ambassador of International Model United Nations (IMUN) and Global Youth Model United Nations (GYMUN). The reasons why I am doing this is to change and find myself and to help others find themselves. A year ago, I did my first MUN where I found myself and wanted to expand the impact of the MUN after that. MUN gave me the confidence to speak in front of a mass. Through, MUNs people can realize their own motivation and potential, capability.

 

Moderator: Everybody somehow talked about the importance of education, so in your perspective what should we do to be well educated? Vidhi, you can answer that.

Vidhi: I’d like to answer your question with the help of an example. So, on the weekends I go to teach underprivileged children and what I’ve realized is that they’re unaware of the benefits the government is providing them. The reality is that If I teach 50 of them, only 5 of them will be successful because of different structural obstacles and they will be the victim of the reality. But that doesn’t mean they don’t contribute to our society. So, their contribution by being educated and education is a process, while literacy is the first step. Education is a continuous process and people gain perspective through education, little by little. I am here today, and this conference is a process for me to climb above and help me achieve my goal of being a lawyer.  Qualifications and degrees don’t really count if you’re not a good human being. You need to talk to people more and gain perspectives.

 

Moderator: Thank you, Vidhi. Talking about education and thinking about Rukum where young girls are getting kidnapped for marriage. Prasansha, as you are working to eradicate such acts and how do you think education can be a part of your campaigns and what is your perspective on this? 

Prasansha: Education has certain definitions, but when we go to the real world and hear people’s stories, realize the importance of education is more than mere definitions. From my experience, people are educated in terms of doing maths and reading literature but despite all that you commit horrendous acts as child marriage then your education is worthless. Lack of education isn’t the problem but inability to go beyond our social construction and culture. If a young girl grows up to normalize child marriage, then her educated decison would be to marry before 18. For that, awareness is important and teaching them to visualize the implications of the things society have taught them to normalize. We can show them documentaries and teach them something beyond academics which can build a perspective on them.

Moderator: Is there anyone in this room who hasn’t been affected by pollution? (nobody raises their hand) It is a sad reality that, along with development, there has been destruction of forests and environment everywhere. We have the example of Nijgad airport and Amazon as well. And, Prajesh here has been actively involved in many environmental campaigns. Now, given all the environmental problems, what is your perspective on how and where do you want to take it forward?

Prajesh: Thank for the question. When we started our campaigns, one thing I’ve realized from my experience is that- People will not follow what you teach them. No matter how many times you tell people how harmful their practices are, they’re not going to listen to you. So, teaching them is not enough, but making them understand is. To do that, you need to make them visualize the consequences of their problems. Talking about development and environment, I think don’t think about things from a sustainable perspective and with planning. If we make ourselves sustainable, then only the development we want will be fruitful.  If we really think about it, development is a never-ending process because we are ambitious beings. But we shouldn’t be doing development works in a reckless way because we might face dire consequences. It is our responsibility to have sustainability in al the development work we do. If we teach young children from a very young age about the concept of sustainability, we can definitely do something for the environment.

 

Moderator: I feel like Nepal and India same similar types of social problems because of our many similarities. Now, let’s talk with panelists from the US and Indonesia on the same three different topics of child marriage, education and environment. How are these things taken by your community? What’s the situation there regarding these three? Can you also add youth’s perspective in these issues? Let’s start with Cavin 

Cavin: Thank you for the question. Well, Child marriage isn’t that very common in Indonesia and we don’t see a lot of news about in Media as well. But, if you take a good look at several parts of Indonesia, we can still find some examples. Government is trying to solve the issues of children through education itself. Education is an important step to solve different issues. But, again the concept of education is limited to a curriculum. There are so many unlucky children who don’t get an education.

Talking about the environment, Climate change is an important issue for many Indonesians and people are working on it.

Talking about education, we are trying to improve our curriculum. But there are many types of education we need to opt to. There are informal education along with formal education which are really beneficial for students. For instance, we talk about foreign tourism movement and educating people informally about this movement

 

 

Moderator: Great! Thank you for your insights. As you talked about how skilled based education should also be pursued along with formal education, it made me think if Maodan here from the USA would be more familiar with more practical based education of American education system. Socio perspective is more inclined towards practical aspects too.  If we can have firsthand experience of education, how can it help people gain perspective? As an American student, how do you think issues of environment, child rights and education handled in the US?

Maodan: All of the issues you mentioned, are the issues in the US. Even though, the issues of child rights are not my area of expertise, but I’ve heard many child rights activists talk about this issue. I want to talk more on climate crisis and education because I’m more aware about problems related to them. There are two particular movements in the US related to climate change and they are: Sunrise movement and US Youth Climate Strike.  The US has also contributed drastically in climate change and it has affected countries that haven’t necessarily contributed it. People live in a bubble and it gets back and affects us. There’s a supplemental curriculum that we kind of engage in – Connectivity, Integration and Respect. The activists need to engage in storytelling and make people listen about the problem. People generally ignore these issues because the effects are not firsthand but we slowly have to pay for it. So, the activists like us need to do extra work to make people listen about the nuances of the issue. It is the only way we can build their perspective.  Lastly integration, listening to different perspectives and then integrating the feedback then creating solutions.  Lastly, going outside ourselves and gaining a respect

As for education, it is good and bad at the same time. The education is a bit expensive. And the curriculum is only focused on the concepts and ideas of the US only. The things we read needs to go beyond the  US if we truly want to gain a perspective about issues of racism, sexism. If our education was not just centered around the US then we could change the way we look around different things happening around the world.

 

Moderator: Thank you. Okay, Now I want you to answer about the things that youths in your country generally focus on and talk a bit about what they want. I want you to be frank and cool about your answers. Tell me three of the priorities of the youth of your country. 

Prajesh: This is a difficult question, indeed. (laughs) Well, the first one would be studying, enjoying their own life. Second one is, sharing. The last one is networking and then enjoying our life

Maodan: My answer is also pretty similar. I’d say the first one is listening to or learning from others. The second one is sharing our stories and who we are. Third one is, enjoying. We need to give ourselves time to enjoy our life amidst all the pressure and work.

Prasansha: If you had asked me this question a year ago, I would have probably said something like prioritizing to keep up with a Game of Thrones (laughs). For now, I also think it is important to have a ‘me time’ because times as such liberate us in a way. That is a priority for many of the youths today in Nepal. Secondly, the youth today want to get a degree, at least a bachelor’s degree. Last one is finding social validation and finding an identity in the society.

Vidhi: Hmm, I think the first priority would be earning money or getting financially stable. Second, is to study. Third, not getting interrupted while they’re working or thinking.

Cavin: Maybe the first thing would be learning and studying. Second this, enjoying and investing in yourselves. The last one is pretty similar to what Vidhi said, i.e. not getting interrupted while we’re working.

 

Moderator: We have now about ten minutes and I’d like to know of anyone from the audience have any questions for our panelists. Or anything you want to say to the panels. 

(raise of hands)

Question 1: Hi! My questions are very simple. Can you tell me about any precise projects or initiative that you’re working on related to practical education? And another question: what do you do when you’re demotivated?

Moderator: Alright! Thank you, that was a great question. I’d like to request my panelists to answer the questions briefly. Let’s start with Cavin.

Cavin: Talking about any initiative related to private education, there are many but don’t think I am fully aware about them

When I am demotivated, I just refer back to what motivated me at first. When you get engaged in MUNs, you have a responsibility to help others learn about this platform. So, I also think about all the people who are willing to learn and grow.

Vidhi: As an Individual, I don’t personally know run organizations, but I go to teach children. But after some time of teaching, I got connected to this club which was formed by college students of Delhi called ‘live to give’. Through this club, they teach underprivileged and street children whose parents don’t have the resources to teach them. Along with basic education, they teach them things like gymnastics, vocals and dancing.  Then, the children showcase what they’ve learned in an annual function. Motivating and educating really helps these children and have impacted their lives in several ways.

And to answer your second question, I talk to my mother when I really get demotivated. Our parents are our biggest motivators and my mother is really good at giving advice. When I have a bad day, then she tells me that I haven’t lost anything till now but earned the respect and love of these children whom I’ve helped. That really helps me.

Prasansha: There are many amazing initiatives happening in our country, but I don’t have much of an understanding of initiatives regarding practical education, so I better not give my opinion on that. I’m sorry about that!

Talking about what gets me pumped up and motivated, I feel like the stories I hear motivates me the most. For instance, a year ago when I was travelling to Rukum which is geographically complex place full of hills and rivers. I had to walk through the hills and cross rivers to reach different destinations because of the lack of transportation. I was carrying a huge bag with me full of school supplies and when I was crossing the river, half of my body was wet. With all that walking, my whole body was aching. That was the moment when I almost gave and started second guessing my decision and motivations to come to this place. I was very demotivated. But the moment I saw the children walking along with me and referred to the stories of my friends, I was pumped up again. I am trying to make a small difference in their lives and the least I can do is change at least one person’s life by making them aware them about kidnap marriage.

Maodan: As for the first question, I work for this organization called student of voice which encourages high school students to get involved in leadership activities and events. Our main goal is to identify student-centric and student-created solutions to address the systemic inequity in the American education system.

As for what motivates me, there are two things I do. The first one is self-care. I want to give myself a space where I can take care of myself amidst all the work. Second one is, talking with the people. This can help me gain a perspective that I might have lost while I was demotivated. It reminds me of the roots of my advocacy.

Prajesh: Okay to answer your first question, I have heard of teenagers working on practical and hands on learning education but I’m not fully aware about it, so I’d like to skip this question.

And to answer your second question, I do get demotivated multiples times. Especially, when people don’t believe in your campaigns. When, they deny climate change and things as such, it really saddens me.  So, what I do is I try to keep calm and count all the encounters that have demotivated me and help them get me pumped up. I think about all my successes and failures and reevaluate them with an open mind and every time, I get to the conclusion that my work has impacted many lives.

 

Moderator: Okay, Thank you so much for your insights! Can we have another question? 

(raise of hands)

Question 2: So, we have discussed about many issues in this panel discussion. But, I feel like the biggest problem today is lack of humanity among people and I feel this every day. The human virtues have been lost somewhere along the way. So, how concerned are you about teaching people about humanity? 

Moderator: I think Vidhi here would be the right person to answer this question as you teach little children. Do you teach your students about human virtues?

Vidhi: As a law student, I try my best to make people aware about human rights and the laws of the country. I am only a tutor to these students, but I also teach these little ones about human rights and the distinction between what is good and bad.  I don’t think our education won’t teach you basic morality but it’s something that you should be learning yourselves. I also think, these innocent children teach us about humanity and there’s still humanity left in our world when you look at them. I really believe that humanity is there, but if there’s not, you’ve got to create it!

Moderator: Great! So we’ve reached the end of our discussion and I believe that our audience here had a fruitful session listening to your perspectives. You guys are the changemakers and I was more than happy to moderate you. Thank you so much for your time!

 

 

Empowerment Panel – Presentation

By Supekshya Neupane, 19, social activist

 

Topic: Mental health crisis among teens

 

Namaste everyone! This is Supekshya Neupane and I feel overwhelmed to welcome you to my presentation on the theme of empowerment in Glocal International Teen Conference 2019. First and foremost, I’d like to thank the organizers for organizing such a grand event and for the opportunity they have provided me to be here. To briefly introduce myself, I’d like to call myself a learner who is passionate about learning and speaking.

 

Today, I’ll be discussing on Mental health Crisis Among Teens. I chose this topic because the issue of mental health is so common these days, yet no one is willing to share their story of mental illness and be vulnerable. My presentation is directed towards empowering teens regarding mental health issues prevailing globally as to ensure open and friendly environment to talk about mental health. I’ll be presenting about what I’ve learnt and heard about this issue.

 

According to WHO, Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community. Likewise, Mental illnesses, also known as mental health disorders, refer to a wide range of mental health conditions that affects your ordinary mood and behavior. However, they are treatable health conditions and are very common in the world today. Half of all the mental illnesses start by the 14 years of age and suicide is the third leading cause of death in people of age 15- 19 years which is a result of mental health.

 

So, let’s talk about the problems. Some of the common mental health disorders are anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCDs, eating disorders and so on. Talking about the current scenario of mental health disorders, they are still considered taboos even though mental health conditions account for 16% of the global diseases and injuries occurring to 10-19 years. It is estimated that 20% of the global population experience adverse mental health conditions but due to the lack of awareness people diagnosed with any type of mental illness are insane are not accepted by the society.

 

Talking about the teens, majority of the teens are stressed if not depressed which have been creating a negative impact on their mental health. Teenagers aged 16-19 among all teens are most affected by mental problems. Now, let’s talk about the causes and effects of these mental illnesses. They are mainly caused by over growing physical and emotional changes, sleep deprivation, peer pressure, unrealistic expectations, stresses in family, genetics and so on in general. They lead to certain anger, fear and sadness. Teenagers also tend to experiment with drugs or alcohol which may become extremely aggressive and hostile during their phase. They may even try to commit suicide or even if not, it may result to social isolation and lower productivity often causing chronic stress.

 

It is utmost important for every teen to understand the causes and effects of these mental illnesses along with their treatment. The treatments of mental health disorders include psychotherapy, medications, peer support, self-help plan, temporary hospitalization etc. Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods such as counselling to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. It has been shown to be effective to improve emotions and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. Medications can help improve mental health, if not completely cure them. It can help make psychotherapy more effective. It is also important for teenagers to prepare a self-help plan and seek support from their peers. In few cases, temporary hospitalizations, may also be necessary so that the patients can be closely monitored and accurately diagnosed.

 

Even after their treatment, they may not be well accepted by society. This can lead to hiding of mental illnesses which may have dire consequences. This should stop. People with mental health problems should not be treated as victims but instead as survivors. They should be given an opportunity to live a life full of dignity and their diagnosed illnesses should not create any hurdle in the future just as no physical illness does.

 

As more young people get affected by such illnesses, it is important for every teenager to be vocal about mental health problems more than ever before. It is important for people to understand that it is okay not to be okay. As youths, we can contribute to reduce mental health crisis by getting involved in campaigns and working with organizations who advocate for mental health awareness. But most importantly, we should start from ourselves. You need to reduce your stress and do what makes you happy and please don’t hesitate to talk about your problems to your friends.

 

I am working for mental health awareness from a very small scale. Through my stories and articles, I am doing my part. I want to work on a large scale in the very near future. There are different organizations like Koshish National, CMC (Cector for Mental Health and Counselling) Nepal etc are working for mental health awareness. Similarly, youth connection centre and AYON recently conducted a three days campaign called ‘My psycho health’ in different colleges and institutions. These kinds of programs should continue which have the capability of creating an impact on a large scale.

 

I appeal to everyone not to ignore the pain within your mid and that of anyone near you because change starts from you. Thank you!

Entrepreneurship Panel – Presentation

Arkaprabho Gosh, 16, India, Entrepreneur

Topic: Things to keep in mind when starting a startup company

 

Hello everyone! My name is Arkaprabho Gosh. First of all, let me introduce my company. I am the co-founder of Kitomo Export Pvt. Ltd. I formed this company with a mission to solve problems like unemployment and poverty. Through this company, I am trying to implement environment friendly projects in rural parts of India. I am presently working on biofuel project. By 2020 we aim to employ about 30 thousand people from West Bengal

 

Today, I want to share my life experiences and give out suggestions to help anyone who wants to open a startup company. So, at first, you need to be original. You need to start with your own original idea, and you shouldn’t be copying others. This is the most basic thing. Secondly, we need to identify customer pinpoint. If you don’t analyze what customer or the market wants, it is difficult to run a startup company. Then, you can create solutions and test your pilot project in the market.

 

Third one is, do not quit your current job. We often think we need to leave the stable job we have to start a company, but that is not true. If you are an employee and working for a company, then don’t quit your job to start our entrepreneurial journey because in startup you need to invest money which needs financial stability. Quitting your job can hamper your stability and might not help you gain success in your startup company.

 

Then, the most important part is, do not depend on investors. Many people who aspire to be an entrepreneur plan to search for investors when they’re starting out. No investor will be as invested as you are when you’re starting a business. You yourself need to invest your money in your dream. When you’re established and your startup is getting some exposure, then you can think of approaching investors. This is the most important part many entrepreneurs overlook. They spend more time in finding investors and get discouraged when they don’t one. You need to spend more time to find customers and experimenting with your ideas.

 

Similarly, you need to be focused on what you are doing. It is the only way you can make your startup reach greater heights. To give you an example, one of my friends who launched a startup, and everything was going fine until he wasn’t interested in it and wanted to move on with another idea immediately. If you frequently change your mind, then it can be toxic. Focusing on one thing and going forward with you will accelerate your journey. Likewise, you need to build a strong team because a good team is an important asset for any startup. It will be easier if you can find a co-founder who can help you with the process. Furthermore, you also need to grow your network which can be helpful.

 

You also shouldn’t be afraid of failures. Failure is an important aspect of any successful business because we can only grow and push ourselves when we fail. You need to learn from your failures. Lastly, you need to remember ‘age is just a digit’. You shouldn’t let your age discourage you from doing or starting anything. Thank you!