Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Ramita Anand
Ramita decided she was going to be a teacher after travelling to India and helped out in an orphanage teaching English to young folks. But becoming an entrepreneur within education came after more than 15 years of being in classrooms and one on one teaching to realise we needed to do more to invest in soft skills raising our youth to be equipped with the right tools that will allow them to lead remarkable lives.
CAUSE — What are the causes close to your heart, and you are supporting right now?
Girls Education and empowering them with the skills they need to navigate the tricky vulnerable ages of teen years setting them up for life.
CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP — What meaning do you give this term?
Having a purpose that is bigger than yourself, a mission to serve others in a way that is mindful of the impact you are making on the greater good and the future of our children.
CAREER — What led you to your particular career path?
Having lost my mother at age 13, I knew what being a lonely and lost teen felt like, then learning from my students what they need most to feel successful and lastly becoming a mother — raising my own young teen girl and pre-teen boy who has his own learning challenges made me realise what I wanted to do to help other young teen girls and support their families.
MENTORS — We all need a little help along the journey. Who has been an invaluable mentor for you? Can you share a story about how they made an impact?
Without a doubt, other than my mother whose belief system and attitude towards life in a positive way I would say it was my colleague Sally, who taught me ways to help kids with learning difference celebrate their uniqueness. She shared ways to make learning innovative and cater lessons to suit different learning styles.
TO THRIVE — When you see yourself thriving: Do you see yourself opening up opportunities for others along the way to participate in your success, and how?
Yes I do by bringing their work into the conversations through my podcast series and celebrating their successes with all my listeners.
THE FUTURE — How do you see the face of entrepreneurship in 5 years? How do companies /brands need to adapt to secure their place in the future?
Embracing the digital world with EdTech in education for example and allowing our youngsters lead the way!
ADVICE — What kind of advice would you like to give to an aspiring entrepreneur who feels limited due to their background or lack of resources?
Take the first step, surround yourself with positive folks, don’t be afraid to ask for help, seek mentorship and work hard. Don’t allow societal pressures around background put you off- the world needs diverse, and interesting thinkers.
DRIVE — Do you sometimes feel bad for “wanting more out of life”, and if so, why? What is your personal motivation that leads you through the hardships of entrepreneurship?
I’m not sure I feed bad for wanting more, but I do for wishing I could give more. There are so many young girls I wish I could reach out and help.
CHALLENGES — Entrepreneurship is very challenging. We each have our own coping mechanism. Mine is humor. What is yours? Can you share a story?
I aim to have a reset and breathe through things, make lists and take each day at a time — trying not to feel bad when i can’t get through the ‘to-do’ list. Reminding myself what I teach my students by speaking to my brain!
INSPIRATION — Is there an entrepreneurial book or podcast that inspires you that you would like to share with our readers?
Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat and my own podcast — the Elevate Podcast
ACTIVISM: Do you have a principle to live by that you would like to share? How does it impact your life and the lives of others?
When others go low, we go high. It reminds me not to compare or feel bad when I have been let down, to keep going and reminding myself I need to live by the values I want to instil in my girls.
Demee Koch about the MEDIUM interview series on CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP:
Conscious entrepreneurship for me is about building a sustainable business that values and respects the resources used and makes an effort of giving back to society.
I believe we need entrepreneurs to really get involved in the causes close to their heart.
This is why I reach out to entrepreneurs that aim for more than generating profit. With this interview, I aim to share entrepreneurial purpose-led passion to inspire others.
Looking forward to learn from you. Reach out to me via LinkedIn.