Born on 2 Oct. 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi better known as Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most respected leaders of all times, his leadership led India to independence and his quotes still inspire many. But how does a Mahatma, a freedom fighter, an activist, a social reformer, qualify to be called an ‘entrepreneur’? Which business did he build up? Where is his ’empire’? The answers lies in all works done by Gandhi in all fields – be it his field i.e. law or disparate areas like education, medicine, journalism, writing, handicrafts, trade union movement, art, livelihood, national level programmes for social upliftment, foreign relations… Of course he is one of the greatest entrepreneurs who ever ‘walked this earth,’ as Einstein once said.
Entrepreneurship is about attitude, about passion. An entrepreneur sees opportunity where people see problems. A look at GandhiJi’s body of work reveals all these. He spent most of his adult life living what he preached to others.
Although Gandhi’s situation is very different from yours, the principle is the same. When you lead by example, you create a picture of what’s possible. People can look at you and say, “Well, if he can do it, I can do it.” When you lead by example, you make it easy for others to follow you.
Here are 10 inspirational quotes by the ‘Mahatma’ the World could ever had :
1. ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world.’
2. ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’
3. ‘If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.’
4. ‘Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.’
5. ‘My life is my message.’
6. ‘Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not reaching it’
7. ‘As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.’
8. ‘To lose patience is to lose the battle.’
9. ‘It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.’
10. ‘Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.’