Attaching a different value to entrepreneurship
I have had a special interest in social problems in society since my childhood. At the ages of eight to eleven, I was interested in taking care of the street animals. At these ages, because I see street animals as my friends, I had developed a special connection with them and started viewing the world from their points of view. This was the first time that I have encountered empathy which would become one of the most important things in my life in the future. On the other hand, I had also an interest in nature. Although my interest in nature was not as much as animals, I used to play a ridiculous game about nature when I was a child. The game was about smiling when I see a tree and frowning when there are not any green areas nearby while we were traveling by car. Overall, I was a lucky child that was born in Izmir and brought up with a love for nature and animals. However as I grew up I have learned of violence, poverty, unfairness and a lot more tragic things in the world. At first, I did not believe that a human being could be that ruthless but when I kept up with the news I convinced that a human being could be even worse. This was the first moment that I really felt full of rage. From the moment that I have realized that nature, animals, children, women, and men around the world are suffering because of the humankind, I found myself thinking over and over again how could the world become a less painful place for every living creature. When I shared my concerns with other people and wanted to take action, the reactions that I have got in return was not that pleasing. Most of the people around me told me that there is nothing we can do to change the way the world goes. Excuses that they were come up with in order to ease their own conscience were “We do not have the power to make some change”, “We are not at an age that we can change things”, etc. This were the things that I heard the most when I was a child but even now most of the time I get similar reactions just in other words like “I do not have enough time” when I want to take action. Over the years, people around me became more aware of the world and social problems because that we have grown up but still they are not willing to take any action maybe because that they are afraid, lazy, or simply reckless. Although, people’s reactions have not changed over the years, somethings within me has changed. I realized that change does not require great power and big ventures. Change starts in people with a little action because small dreams, ventures, and breakthrough may turn into a bigger things all of a sudden in the future. From that moment, I felt ready to take an action and realized that I could be able to find people like me who would like to take an action. For this essay maybe I could write about my intention to turn any of my hobbies into a small business, which is also a thing that I would like to do within this year, but instead I decided to talk about my passion. I consider taking action in order to solve the ongoing social issues around me as a passion because I believe that nothing in the world can give a person the happiness of helping to another living creature gives. These may not be considered as an enterprise with economic returns but for me it is the most efficient and important enterprise and innovation for the sake of the society.