Meaningful Work Starts With Love

Sometimes the best things in life happen by “accident”. You don’t really plan it – it just sort of happens – naturally, organically.

I never really planned on becoming an entrepreneur. It just sort of happened.

The same thing occurred with teaching entrepreneurship.

It all started with my blog. When I started blogging 4+ years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I would mostly write about my business, but I soon got tired of that and felt drawn to write more about entrepreneurship – the journey, its lessons and how it was changing me.

Entrepreneurship is the engine of our economy. It is the essence of innovation in companies big and small. It is the channel through which our creative aspirations become real-world solutions and products. Entrepreneurship pushes the human race forward. It has and continues to transform me. Like parenthood, it is one of the most exhilarating things I have undertaken in my life.

My passion for writing about entrepreneurship was followed by an invitation to speak on the topic. A few years ago, the Entrepreneurship Club at the University of Minnesota asked me to address their group.

You can imagine how excited and honored I was. I have, by no means, reached the pinnacle of entrepreneurial success (I am not sure if one ever does), yet these students were willing to invite me and hear what I had to say.

I searched my soul for what I wanted to tell these budding entrepreneurs and decided to use the following questions to guide my efforts:

Given what I know now, what would I tell my 18 year old self about life and entrepreneurship? What do I wish someone would have told me in those formidable years of deciding what career path to take?

With that in mind, I went to the University of Minnesota and delivered one of the most enjoyable and passionate talks I’ve ever done. It felt so rewarding to share the lessons I learned in my life, career and entrepreneurship. The feedback I received was positive and a few of the kids seemed especially moved by what I had to say. That was the moment I decided I was going to spend more time, not just writing about entrepreneurship, but speaking about it as well – especially to college students who are at the beginning of their career journey.

I refined my talk and gave a couple of more presentations, including a few at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

With a desire to share the message more broadly, I had one of my presentations recorded and edited down to about 15 minutes (below). The full talk usually runs about an hour, but I feel the video does a decent job of capturing its essence.

 

 

I love entrepreneurship. Walking its path and sharing it with others – inspiring people to follow their heart and architect their own destiny. It has brought new meaning and purpose to my life.

As a result of these presentations, MCTC invited me to teach a full semester course on entrepreneurship and small business management.

It changed my life.

And it all started with the quiet voice of love.

Are you listening to that voice and heeding its call?

Vikas Narula (@NarulaTweets) is Creator and Co-Founder of Keyhubs (@Keyhubs) – a software and services company specializing in workplace social analytics. He is also Founder of Neighborhood Forest (@trees4kids) – a social venture dedicated to giving free trees to kids every Earth Day.
Vikas is passionate about purpose-driven entrepreneurship and teaches on the subject at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. 

This article was originally published on the Keyhubs Blog.


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