Dreams, Career and Problem Solving
An anecdote sharing of encounter with Prof. Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and Nobel peace prize winner at the One Young World Conference
Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and Nobel peace prize winner shared
his wisdom in addressing youth’s struggle in finding the meaning of life. Our generation is blessed
with the freedom and possibility to dream. We have vast resources and an abundance of ideas, yet it is not uncommon that we lack the perseverance to realize our dreams due to difficulties in execution and fear of failure.
“Take each idea or problem – break them in half, then break them down into palm size, then break
it down even smaller; so small that you would feel so sorry about it if you say you can’t solve it”,
this simple analogy by Professor Yunus is enlightening. Let the vastness of knowledge and
grandness of ideas becomes your stepping stones rather than your stumbling rocks.
He also asked youth to re contemplate their grudge towards the government and institutes
regarding unemployment. “You are lucky to be living in the 21st century. If you were living in the
Stone Age and decided to only sit here, then complain about the unavailability of jobs, you would
die of starvation and no one would even feel slightly sorry for you.” If what you are looking for in a
career isn’t out there already, create that job; start by listing your strength and weaknesses, make
essential connections, put your words into actions and discover your best platform to shine.
Eventually every little bit of your effort will aggregate – realizing the dream which you once
thought was impossible to accomplish.