By Dixit K.C.
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Change is inevitable and so is migration. Like birds, clouds, and rivers, people are also always on the move. Some move for survival evading wars and conflicts, and others escape disasters and famine. Some move for growth and riches through better education and jobs in greener pastures. Some are running away from their own identity or the status quo, looking to create a new life. Regardless of the underlying reasons, movement of people will probably continue as long as there are places to go.
@franslanting When my grandfather first moved from the remote hills of Gulmi in Nepal to Burma (Myanmar), he was probably seeking an escape from the harsh realities of being a farmer living in poverty. However, 50 years and 10 kids later, he saw an opportunity when the Nepali King called upon nonresidential Nepalis to return home. He returned, thankfully, not to the gigantic hills of Gulmi, but to the rich plains of Terai in Nepal.
@jagdishjagsbhandari While my grandfather attained land and food security in his pursuit, my father fell for books growing up in Nepal. It was my father’s turn to move to the capital city, Kathmandu, for higher education. After graduation, he was rewarded with jobs that allowed him to travel across Nepal and beyond on numerous business trips. To this date, he remains the first in our family to visit the largest number of countries around the world.
@joooordii On the very year of my father’s retirement, I moved to Finland. Even though the main reason was to continue my education, I was looking beyond land or food security or just a job. As an engineer, I was not quite cut for the stereotypical technical jobs. My inclination led to a journey of almost six thousand kilometers to Tampere. I was looking for answers, at the same time that I tried to complete my university degree in Industrial Management.
@omgnepal To become an entrepreneur, it is important to get your hands dirty. To support myself, I took cleaning jobs in the evenings and weekends, while I studied during the week. In those odd jobs, I learnt my first lessons in humility. A huge thank you to one of my most difficult bosses: I learned to focus on the task at hand and smile through adverse conditions.
@finland The second lesson I got was about working in an innovative ecosystem. At Tampere University of Technology, there were no stupid questions and there were no wrong answers. It was a revelation for me, coming from a broken education system. My questions were heard and appreciated, while my ‘wrong’ answers were celebrated as different perspectives. I was warm-heartedly introduced to what it really takes for innovations to breed.
@tampereuni The essence of patience and persistence was reinforced once I graduated. Getting a job without being fluent in Finnish, one of the toughest languages in the world, was another frontier that I had to crack. Rejections literally broke me down many times, but the hidden takeaway in the process was not giving up easily. I have enjoyed fairly good returns by keeping a never-say-die attitude. Once I got in, I met leaders who created an environment of trust and shared responsibility essential for creating a winning culture.
@pkumpula To this day, I am yet to figure out the million-dollar idea to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. However, what I can proudly attest is that my journey to Finland has instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in me. I see the importance of every single challenge, every single hardship, and every single rejection in marching fearlessly ahead in my endeavors. And any of this would not have been possible had my grandfather not mustered the courage to take that first step to move out into the unknown.
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