A New Chapter in Life
EO truly reflects the power of entrepreneurship! Nepal, unfortunately, has been witnessing bitter political instability
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I was the founder and chapter president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) Nepal chapter when my family had to shut down its business operations incurring losses. We were sitting on a huge debt. I was looking for a peer group, other than my own family or friends, who could see my perspectives and, through their experiences, share and add clarity to many of my doubts. At that time, EO helped me to deal with what was going on in my life.
The organisation taught me great leadership epithets, which I have applied during critical times. For example, their forum product is a platform that unites people from all walks of life. The peer-to-peer learning in this forum has really helped me balance my professional and personal life. The meeting and get-togethers are invaluable as one comes across several first-generation entrepreneurs making amazing contributions to the pool of new innovations in our world.
One of the most amazing benefits of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization is the ability to bring remarkable speakers to local and regional events, and to experience their stellar learning firsthand. In the past few years, I have met super-optimistic speakers, from New Zealand’s Tony Christiansen and Australia’s Sam Crawthorne, to Helen Liu, who showed us how to walk on crushed glass and fire. Their stories correlate to the achievements of entrepreneurs; how you can turn your greatest weakness into your greatest strength. When I saw my 9-year-old son walk over the crushed glass, I realised that most of the things we face in life are just a state of mind, and that if you focus with a goal in life, success is bound to happen.
In my experience, EO truly reflects the power of entrepreneurship! Nepal, unfortunately, has been witnessing bitter political instability. The country was recently struck by an unfortunate national disaster. However, nothing has dampened the spirits of the members in my EO chapter. We see opportunity in every crisis. After the 2015 earthquake, the chapter decided to consolidate its resources and adopt a village that was completely wiped out, with a purpose to give the village a new sustainable future. It was not only about re-building houses, but making them economically self-reliant.
Entrepreneurs always live their lives on the edge. We fail and succeed. We like to learn from the better ones, and thus, keep raising the bar for ourselves. We share all this not only within EO, but also with our family. What I appreciate about EO is the fact that this organization not only supports its members, but their families, as well. As we commit to building a better world through entrepreneurship, we will do so knowing that EO will be there for us every step of the way.<
Ajay Jatia is the owner of Jagdamba Cement, the largest cement manufacturer in Nepal with multiple location plants. As the founding chapter president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Nepal chapter, Jatia strongly believes in the conservation of nature for future generations.
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