My friend Nisha Varghese is a self-employed blogger and philanthropist. She suffers from Cerebral Palsy (CP) – an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement. As a result of having cerebral palsy she is unable to walk and her right arm has reduced functionality. She manages my Twitter accounts from time to time with amazing results. I asked her to watch Cameron Herold’s TED Talk: Let’s Raise Kids To Be Entrepreneurs.
She may not realise it, but she operates like an entrepreneur. By adding value to other people, she creates value for herself. In March 2012 she closed her water project fundraising campaign during which she raised over $7,000 for a charity. This was done by blogging and tweeting.
This is what she has to say:
What I learned from Cameron Herold’s video Let’s Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs was that we should expose today’s youth to different opportunities, play to their strengths and encourage them to be who they truly are even if who that is does not fit the world definition of success. Growing up there were only three careers put in front of my siblings and I, medical doctor, engineer or charted accountant; and for the longest time I felt like such a disappointment to my parents because I wasn’t any of those three things but watching Cameron’s video has made me realise I could be successful and happy even though I was none of those three things.
It is my hope that every parent who reads this will take Cameron’s advice and encourage their kids to be who they truly are because that’s the only way to change the world – everybody has to make a difference their own way using their God given talents and strengths.