Written By: Ali Moeen Nawazish

Be it internationally or locally, we need to make sure that we turn our own people into our future leaders and that we make sure we help them along the way, through research grants, programmes focusing on abilities of an entrepreneur, as well as allowing them a platform where they can compete with each other to showcase their ideas and help this nation innovate further where it can grow and become a superpower, altogether.

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‘Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure.’ That tweet was made almost 6 years ago, in 2009, by Brian Acton. Today, he sits in his lavish house with himself being worth over $20 billion. How did he manage to make that much money in a period of just six years? If we do the mathematics, he approximately made $3.3 billion every year since 2009. Now, let’s find out as to how he did that.

Being rejected from the only opportunity that he felt had meant to be a part of didn’t turn out exactly as he had hoped it would. Instead, he chose to do something on his own, with his own two hands and instead of working under someone else, taking orders and making money for another firm, he chose to use this neglect and make something out of that. He became an entrepreneur of something which we all have lately grown to use and love the mobile application called WhatsApp. Just last year Brian Acton managed to sell WhatsApp to Facebook for over $20 billion. Had Facebook hired him, would he have ever managed to be worth so much and/or get a chance at redemption that he got when they turned him down? Would he have ever used the intellectual independence he was granted to make something from nothing and to make something of his own self? So if he can do something like that, one of our own, a Pakistani can do the same as well!

We owe a lot of inventions around us to creativity. We are blessed with a mind that enables us to ideally imagine a place where a specific need for ourselves is being fulfilled with relative ease and that allows us to also imagine and make a place where we can create something which does exactly the same thing. In the current climate of huge corporations, corporate raiders and conglomerates, it is very hard for someone to innovate and even harder to make sure that their innovation does not stray the course and remains as theirs. Therefore, in a country like ours, we need to make sure that steps are taken to protect our next breed of leaders who are going to make sure that they create, engineer, innovate and most importantly deliver in the face of adversity that we all have become accustomed to. It is absolutely imperative that we must promote the idea and the perception that we are the same, if not better, as others when it comes to imagination and mental strength. These steps range from entrepreneurial courses that we can offer to our next generation which helps them build their perception to the cause and polish and find their abilities which will help do something different and new. Apart from education, we must offer vocational training in the concept of entrepreneurs where we can make sure they are working under the supervision of visionaries which help them exploit their strengths and realize the potential to the fullest. Why are these foundations important? According to Edward Lazear, an economist at Stanford University, found in a study in 2005, that a variety in education as well as work experience was one of the most important characteristic that distinguished entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs.

The good thing about an idea is that an invention may become obsolete over a period of time, however, a good idea lives forever in the hearts and the minds of the people.

It is painful to see that the IT sector in our country is blowing up. There is so much potential in this field as it links to many other disciplines such as defence, healthcare as well as communications. We need young people starting technical steps so that we can help our country take the leap from within and make sure these companies are part of a rising trend that our nation so valiantly desires. The struggle that our country faces daily, as it screams silently in the darkness that surrounds them when the clock strikes the time and the light abandons us. The crumbling energy sector of our country is something that we all feel completely desolate about. Why don’t we as individuals come up with ideas and solutions, be it hydro-power, solar power, wind energy, amongst others, why can we not come up with home-based cost effective power solutions and if not these, then perhaps we can surely come up with a way to halt and stop the wicked energy our country has been eroded with since the inception of time, it feels like.

Imagine the wonderful possibilities these new leaders can bring to the sector of healthcare. With advancements in the IT sector and the energy sector, why we cannot make sure that everyone has access to medical assistance wherever they may be, whether it is a mobile phone app, or an emergency suicide hotline for troubled teens, anything innovative will only help a country where life is not always guaranteed to have an easy path to freedom and/or creative expression. Therefore, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what good innovation can bring to all these stated sectors of our nation.

Now all we must do is stand with our own people and make sure they get the resources and the promotion that they deserve. Be it internationally or locally, we need to make sure that we turn our own people into our future leaders and that we make sure we help them along the way, through research grants, programmes focusing on abilities of an entrepreneur, as well as allowing them a platform where they can compete with each other to showcase their ideas and help this nation innovate further where it can grow and become a superpower, altogether.

It always means so much more when you create something, whether it be an app or whether it be a new design for your phone cover, it doesn’t matter because you are the engineer and you engineer it in a way that no one in this entire world would have or could have done. Innovation has never been faster than it is today, and probably will never reach a point again where every single day there are new inventions and new ideas. The good thing about an idea is that an invention may become obsolete over a period of time, however, a good idea lives forever in the hearts and the minds of the people. An entrepreneur is quite commonly seen an innovator, and a person who drives a sense of direction and maturity for a business over a period of time and during that time adapt to the strengths and weaknesses of that business. This requires a strong mind with ethical values and leadership qualities, but these are not characteristics that are absolutely essential and/or key to survive, but the will to determine and execute what your idea is and the risks that you are willing to take for your business in which you have poured your heart and soul is what it really comes down to in the end.

The writer is a columnist, educationist and entrepreneur. He also works on youth issues in Pakistan.
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