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Entrepreneurial Engineers are bridge-builders to a prosperous Nepal

[This is a career advice to young engineers and those studying Engineering in Nepal]

As an Engineer you have one choice now:

“Either make your own dreams come true or you will be hired to make someone else’s dream come true.”

If you chose to make your dreams come true, do continue below:

Engineers have to become Entrepreneurs for Nepal

Why so? Because Entrepreneurs see opportunity in a problem. It could be any type of problem that we see in our everyday lives. Impure food, lack of electricity and petroleum, transportation, healthcare and many others. Problems that we experience, read of and hear in any area could become an entrepreneurial opportunity.

Problems can come in various flavors – the product – too expensive, scarce, difficult to use, slow etc. Nepalese outside urban centers do not have easy access to doctors. In Nepal, we suffer from long hours of power cuts in the winter months. Food is getting very expensive in the cities. We want the world’s best healthcare in Nepal, but may not have access to it, or afford it.

The harder this problem becomes, the better the opportunity for someone who can solve it.  If you are an engineer, know how to create a device that can generate wind power then, you can manufacture and sell that for cheap, this is a great opportunity here. Not many people can create this device, and once you are in customers’ homes, you can continue providing superior service and build a great business.

The larger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. A problem may only be for one person, or for many. If it is for one person, it – a one-time service and not a business opportunity. But if many people have the same problem, then it is a big entrepreneurial opportunity. For example, we all want to live in a well made house. However, we have serious building quality problems in earthquake prone Kathmandu now. This is a great business with a huge market as everyone can benefit from your excellent standards. If you can solve Kathmandu’s haphazard construction industry, with your business, you could be a billionaire. Plus, you would give service to millions and be thanked for the service you give.

Let us take examples of some famous entrepreneurs who were engineers, who have looked at a problem as an opportunity, built great businesses and changed the world and our lives.

In the 1970s , people did not have computers in their homes like we do today. You had to go to a large mainframe computer center and make a request to  have your work be done. There may have been one or a few large mainframes in our region and your task may have taken a long time. Businesses such as cheap international calling, which depend on fast and  cheap computers, were not around. It was hard and very expensive to make an international call. If your family member went overseas, you may have only spoken once every few months. Today, we are in a connected society in which we use Cisco, Intel, Google, Apple, Skype, Facebook and other technologies to stay connected in real-time.

In Nepal, look at how Bijay Rajbhandari and fellow engineers have transformed CE constructions into a quality brand known for its quality and timely delivery of its projects or how Rudra Pandey developed IT healthcare software company, D2Hawkeye and sold it for millions of dollars to Verisk in USA.

So I hope that you engineers start seeing an opportunity in the problems that we see everyday in our lives and start solving it (instead of waiting for Pashupatinath to come and fix it for us).

Entrepreneurial Engineers have to become bridge-builders of Nepal

Did you know, Nepali engineers were actively involved in building the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world in Dubai? Did you know that Nepali engineers are developing the next generational (rumor has it that they are air-conditioned) World cup stadiums in Qatar for 2022. I know many bright Nepalese working in Apple and Google. Yet, Nepal these days regularly begs for money to renovate its old temples or build bridges/roads/IT infrastructures from foreigners. We have rarely have built any engineering marvels (or any) since Bhimsen Thapa built the Dharahara. Ask yourself why?

This is because  we Nepali have chosen to become individually excellent, but collectively as a nation remained a failure. As an engineer, I urge you rise up to move beyond becoming individually excellent to build an environment for an excellent nation. To build such a nation, we have to rise up and beyond to bring the nation builders together. Will you become this “bridge” between nation builders ?

Certainly I am not talking about a plain bridge (made on roads or rivers). I am talking about a man or a woman who builds and safeguards a bridge (platform/environment) that will connect Nepal of today to the “nation builders” of tomorrow. As a bridge builder your role is simply to consistently and persistently align all the positives in Nepal, in the same direction, so that the negative will become irrelevant.

I believe, ‘bridge builders’ are the real leaders of Nepal. Bridge-builders could be someone just like you, talented men and women who decide to rise up to the challenge of building positive platforms for others to easily build the nation. Bridge-builders forgo their short-term benefits in exchange for a long-term inclusive benefits. Only, if you work towards building positive platforms, other nation builders can come in to build Nepal and protect your future and all our future.

As a young bright Engineer, you have the talent, skills and grit to become our nation’s leaders by becoming that “bridge-builder’ everyone is looking for. In the end, I leave you with this quote,

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” – Henry Thoreau

Ask yourself – Will you start hacking at the roots of evil in Nepal (or stick to hacking at the branches just like the thousands before you) ?

 

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12 Things I dare you to do before you finish college

Dear students, I dare you to do these 12 things before you graduate.

  1. Intern: go work for free for someone at-least 1 month every year. Practical experience is what you sorely lack in school. Interning is how you ready yourself for the world.

  2. Perform: actively in school (in theatre, arts, singing, dancing & similar). Expand your horizons, build your self-confidence sooner than later.

  3. Learn: how “finance” work (specially the power of compound interest and exponential function). Wealth ensures you have more freedom to pursue what you want in life. Learn its basics.

  4. Give: 10% of what you are given back to charity. Make this a rule. True bliss lies in sharing what you have.

  5. Travel: to a remote mountain, hilly and Terai village for at least two weeks each. To know your environment is to truly know yourself.

  6. Mentor: one junior a year. To show a path forward for one (wo)man is to build a giant path for humanity.

  7. Use: right to information (RTI) law to find how your ward officials are solving problems in your tole. To hold your local government accountable is to become yourself responsible.

  8. Build: a club that solves a collective headache you all face in school or college. Together we build courage to face the fears we dare not face alone.

  9. Fail: enough times to fill a resume / cv with failures only. Behind every success is a series of failures.

  10. Play: in a team sports (or manage them). If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together.

  11. Start: a blog (diary) about your experiences and passions. Remember, your thoughts mold you and explain yourself to you.

  12. Grit: Use grit (persistence) to never take ‘No’ for an answer. The secret to success (at least in Nepal) is not in being the first, but in out-lasting everyone else.

Do these and you will become an inspiration for Nepal! (and much beyond)
Trust me :)

नेपालीमा

अलिकति सन्काहा त हुनैपर्छ

अलिकति सन्काहा त हुनैपर्छ  – अश्विनी कोइराला (कान्तिपुरको साप्ताहिकमा प्रकाशित भएको लेख)।
शुद्दताको लागि केहि शब्दहरु परिवर्तन गरिएको छ।

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अरूभन्दा फरक हुन खोज्ने मान्छेलाई समाजले सन्काहा भन्छ। यस्ता मानिसको या त धेरै आलोचक हुन्छन् या त धेरै फ्यान फलोअर। उज्वल ५५२ यस्तै सन्काहा युवामध्ये एक हुन्। स्याङ्जाको सामान्य परिवारमा जन्मिएका यी युवा छात्रवृत्तिमा बूढानीलकण्ठ स्कुलमा ४ कक्षामा भर्ना भएदेखि नै फरक काम गर्न रुचाउँथे। कतिसम्म भने बेलायतबाट लिइएको ए लेभलको अंग्रेजी साहित्यको परीक्षामा उनले अक्षरमा उत्तर नलेखी कार्टुन बनाएर उत्तर दिएका थिए। शिक्षक एवं साथीहरूले उनको कामलाई पागलपन भनेर जिस्क्याए पनि उनलाई बेलायती परीक्षाबोर्डले धेरै जिस्क्याउने साथीहरूको भन्दा उच्च अंकमा पास गरेर पठायो। केही समयपछि अमेरिका पुगेका उज्वल मल्टाइ-मिडियामा स्नातक गरेर चर्चित सर्च इन्जिन याहुडटकमसम्म पुगेका थिए। यद्यपि उनी जागिर नै नखाई नेपाल फर्किए। कहिले बन्दविरोधी आन्दोलन त कहिले युवा उद्यमीलाई एकजुट पार्ने अभियान चलाइरहेका उज्वल अहिले ‘विवेकशील नेपाली’ का नाममा युवाहरूलाई संगठित गरिरहेका छन्।

तपाईंको नामका पछाडि ५५२ नम्बर छ, यो थर हो ?

यो मेरो विद्यालयको नम्बर हो। जसरी प्रहरी, सेनामा नम्बरका आधारमा मानिसको चिनारी हुन्छ, मेरो पनि त्यस्तै नम्बर हो। परिचय दिँदा नाम पछाडि थर किन भनिन्छ वा लेखिन्छ ? अरूले किन यसमा चासो दिन्छन्, त्यो मैले अहिलेसम्म बुझेको छैन। नाम भनेपछि पुगिहाल्यो नि, होइन र ?

त्यसो भए यो नम्बर पनि किन आवश्यक पर्‍यो ?

नम्बर पनि आवश्यक छैन। यद्यपि हामी बूढानीलकण्ठमा पढ्दा नामले भन्दा पनि यही नम्बरले एक-अर्कालाई चिनिने हुँदा म फलानो नम्बरको विद्यार्थी हुँ भनेपछि उसका बारेमा थाहा हुन्थ्यो। जस्तो मभन्दा एक ब्याच जुनियर तत्कालीन राजपरिवारका सदस्य नीराजन र दुई ब्याज सिनियर पारस रहेछन्। उनीहरू पनि नम्बरबाटै चिनिन्थे। उनीहरू को हुन् भन्ने कुरा लामो समयसम्म मतलबै भएन। अहिले आएर विद्यालयको नम्बरको उपादेयता त सकियो, तर थर लेख्दा कुन जातको, कुन पृष्ठभूमिको भन्ने प्रश्न पनि सँगै जोडिएर आएको पाएँ। अरूलाई यो कुन जात वा पृष्ठभूमिको मान्छे हो भन्ने चासो हुँदो रहेछ। मैले जानेरै नेपालीलाई जात, थर वा भूगोलले विभाजन गर्ने काम बन्द गर्नुपर्छ भनेर थर नलेखेको हुँ।

अहिले धेरै युवाले थर हटाउने अभियान सुरु गरेका छन्, कस्तो लाग्छ ?

यो धेरै पहिलेदेखिकै चलन हो। यता आएर यो तीव्र गतिमा छ। अहिले विभाजित नेपालमा यस्तो आन्दोलनको ठूलो खाँचो छ।

अरूभन्दा फरक हुँदा चर्चा हुन्छ भनेर जानीजानी फरक काम गर्नुहुन्छ कि अरू केही कारण छ ?

५५२ ले प्रत्येक प्रश्नको उत्तर कार्टुन बनाएर अंग्रेजी परीक्षा दियो भन्ने हल्ला चलेपछि मेरो नम्बर पनि चर्चित भयो। अमेरिकामा राम्रो दाम कमाउने सम्भावना हुँदाहुँदै पनि नेपाल फर्किएपछि धेरैले मलाई सन्काहा भने। किनभने नेपाली समाजमा जो पैसा कमाउने बाटोमा लाग्छ, उसलाई असल भन्ने चलन छ। मैले मनको कुरा सुनें। अमेरिका मलाई आफ्नो ठाउँ जस्तो लागेन।

नेपाल र्फकने कुनै विशेष उद्देश्य थियो ?

थिएन। घर र्फकन के उद्देश्य हुनुपर्छ र ? अँ माओवादी द्वन्द्व उत्कर्षमा पुगेका बेला फर्किएको हुनाले मैले द्वन्द्व व्यवस्थापन कसरी गर्ने भन्ने विषयमा तालिम दिने अवसर पाएँ। यो युद्धको अन्त्य हुनुपर्छ भनेर जिल्ला-जिल्ला पुगें। त्यसले मलाई नेपाल बुझ्न मद्दत पुर्‍यायो। शायद नेपालले मेरो भूमिका खोजिरहेको थियो र म नेपाल आएँ।

तपाईंले सुरु गर्नुभएको “एन्ट्रोप्रेनियरस् फर नेपाल’ अभियान निकै चर्चित छ। यो अभियानको खास उद्देश्य के थियो ?

म कम्प्युटर लगायतका विषयमा अमेरिकाबाट दक्ष भएर फर्किएको मान्छे, नेपालमै कम्प्युटरसम्बन्धी काम गरौं भन्ने सोचले डिचिटल म्याक्स सोलुसन्स नामक कम्पनी खडा गरें। यो निकै चर्चित पनि भयो तर अहिले सम्म कुनै पनि बैंकले तिमी के गर्दैछौँ, हामी के सहयोग गरौं भनेर आएनन्। अनि म जस्ता धेरै युवा आर्थिक अभावका कारण उद्यमी बन्न नचाहेकोे थाहा पाएँ। सबैभन्दा रमाइलो कुरा उद्योग र व्यापारसम्बन्धी जति पनि संगठन छन्, ती ठूला व्यवशायीलाई मात्र सहयोग गर्न खडा भएका रहेछन्। हामी जस्ता सानो क्षेत्रमा काम गर्ने मानिसको कुरा सुन्ने चलन नै रहेनछ। जबकि नेपाललाई यस्तै स-साना उद्यमीहरूले माथि पुर्‍याउँछन्, तर यिनीहरू संगठित थिएनन्। मेरो जस्तै स-साना कम्पनीलाई संगठित गर्नुपर्छ भन्ने उद्देश्यले यसको सुरुवात भएको हो।

अहिलेसम्म कति युवालाई संगठित गरिसक्नुभयो ?

३० हजार। ती ३० हजारमध्ये कतिपयको कुनै उद्यम छैन, भविष्यमा उद्यमी हुने उद्देश्यले संगठनमा आएका छन्। यो कतै दर्ता छैन न त यो संगठनमा कुनै पद नै सिर्जना गरिएको छ। तै पनि उद्यमीहरू यसमा जोडिरहेका छन्। यसले महिनाको एक दिन जिरोबाट उठेको चर्चित व्यक्तिको आतिथ्यमा विशेष भेला गर्छ। उक्त भेलामा एक-अर्काका स-साना समस्या समाधान गर्ने, कुनै मुद्दामा एकजुट बनाउने आदि काम हुन्छ।

कुन-कुन मुद्दामा एक जुट हुनुभयो ?

धेरै कुरामा एकजुट भयौं। यद्यपि बन्दविरोधी आन्दोलन यसले गरेको सबैभन्दा प्रभावकारी काम थियो। नेपाल बन्दलाई सधैंका लागि बन्द गर्ने अभियानमा हामी सक्रिय छौं। वैशाख महिनामा दुईवटा बन्द फिर्ता हुनुमा हाम्रो संगठनको दबाबले ठूलो काम गरेको थियो।

अहिले फेरि विवेकशील नेपाली नाममा युवाहरूलाई संगठित गर्दै हुनुहुन्छ, किन ?

बन्दविरोधी आन्दोलन नेपालका नाम चलेका उद्योगपति, नागरिक अगुवा एवं बुद्धिजीवीहरू अघि आउन डराउनुभयो। कुरा बुझ्दै जाँदा उहाँँहरू पनि कुनै न कुनै दलसँग निकट हुनुहुँदो रहेछ। सायद, बन्दविरोधी आन्दोलनमा लाग्दा उहाँहरूलाई दबाब आयो क्यारे ! त्यसपछि मैले राजनीतिबाट निरपेक्ष रहेका युवालाई राजनीतिमा सक्रिय गराउन यसको नेतृत्व गरेको हुँ।

विवेकशीलले के काम गर्छ ?

आत्मनिर्भर र उद्यमशील युवाको निर्माण गर्छ अर्थात् युवाहरू भेला हुन्छन् र आफ्नो रुचिको काम गर्छन्। त्यसलाई यसअघि तयार भएको संगठन ‘एन्ट्रोप्रेनियोयर फर नेपाल’ ले सहयोग गर्छ। दोस्रो बन्द-हड्ताल जस्ता नकारात्मक कुरालाई यो समूहले पूर्णत निषेध गर्छ। तेस्रो तर महत्त्वपूर्ण कुरा पढेलेखेका र सक्षम युवाहरूलाई राजनीतिमा पठाएर अहिलेको अशुद्ध राजनीतिलाई शान्तिपूर्ण रूपमा शुद्धीकरण गर्छ। हामी ग्रीन कार्ड होइन, भोटर्स कार्ड बनाउँ र गलत व्यक्तिलाई निर्वाचनमा हराऔं भन्ने अभियानमा छौं।

यस्ता आदर्शका कुरा धेरैले सोच्छन्, तर सफल हुन नसकेका धेरै उदाहरण छन्, सफल हुन सक्नुहुन्छ ?

नेपाल बन्दलाई लगभग बन्द हुने अवस्थामा पुर्‍याइसक्यौं। १० हजार उद्यमशील युवालाई संगठित गरिसक्यौं। ज्याला पूरा लियौं, अब संविधान देऊ भनेर सुरु गरेको अभियानमा हजारौं युवा स्वतःस्फूर्त रूपमा हामीसँग गाभिन आए। यो इतिहासले पनि विवेकशील नेपाली अभियान असफल हुन्छ भन्ने लाग्दैन। मैले बुझेको चुरो कुरो के भने लक्ष्य त्यो बेला असफल हुन्छ, जहाँ व्यक्तिगत स्वार्थ हुन्छ। अहिलेसम्म मैले जे गरें, बिना स्वार्थ गरेँ र सफल भएँ। निःस्वार्थ भावमा अलिकति सन्काहा भएर लाग्नुपर्छ, कसरी भइन्छ, असफल ?

 

 

We are not failing. We have already failed. Lets deal with it.

Lets accept this fact for Nepal.

“We are not failing. We have already failed. Deal with it.”

Nepal ranks in as 30th Failed state of the world according to this report.

So how do we deal with it? And how do we move on?

Here are 3 important life-choices you will have to make to play a role in turning our country around:

1) Take the political path:  Want to serve your country fore-most? Take the lead and join politics (redefine it, change the whole political culture). Politics is an ultimate sacrifice if you want the change you seek in Nepal now.  If your priority is saving your conscience, your family, your town and your country all in one, you will prepare yourself to lead us all out of this mess! No earlier experience required: you learn as you go. Simplify your life. Try to live a life of example. Beware, Politics is like fire. You can either make it a good servant or a bad master, all up to you. Note: Do not make politics a career. Make sure, you have an alternative livelihood which sustains your family while you lead a simple life serving others.

2) Take the entrepreneurial path: Don’t shy away from your national duty to create opportunities in Nepal. Urge your kids to learn entrepreneurship right from mid-school. Teach them the value of generating prosperity and how to create dignified opportunities by becoming an entrepreneur. Providing opportunities for others is one of the best social service in a country like ours. Those of us, who are not entrepreneurial, do invest in those who are taking such risks! You will never feel sorry.

3) Take the bureaucratic path: Join the Nepal government and serve the people. If the bureaucrats in the government did their job well, we wouldn’t need this many social organizations (NGOs & INGOs) where many of us continue to make a career out of. Joining the bureaucracy is perhaps one of the best ways you could serve the Nepali society and the surest way to see the change you seek in your environment.

All 3 paths need persistence, patience and humility. They bring the best in you and help thwart the worst in you to prevail. Continue to hone these qualities much, they will bring you that feeling of contentment one gets as s/he lives a life of purpose.

I hope you will make a clear choice to deal with our nation’s failure now… because in the end, if this country burns, we burn with it…

 

Download this e-book full of positive success stories in Nepal

I am excited to share with you, a free e-book full of positive success stories in Nepal for you to read and download! Here is the link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/33467040/e4nepalbook-Version-1-June

This short book is full of entrepreneurs of Nepal’s thoughts and advices in the course of 2 years. We will improve this book with future versions.Here are some of the collaborators for this work at Entrepreneurs for Nepal. Happy reading and sharing !

Let me know your thoughts on improving this book in future versions.