Some of us know what we want to do from the very start. Others seem to wander around forever not understanding where are passion is and what we should be doing. Today I want to share a story I learned from listening to The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey. This story is about someone who serendipitiously discovered what their true calling and passion was. It was not easy path either there were a lot of stumbling blocks along the way.
I want to introduce you to a man, named Muhammad Yunus, who many years ago while researching economics in Bangladesh found how difficult it was for poor people to start a business for themselves. He met many women who worked in the furniture industry that wanted to to start their own business. They had the knowledge and skill to create profitable businesses but no credit to start. Muhammad took these women to banks to try and get them credit. After meeting with a few banks and getting turned down, he made the decision to sign for the loans himself. Everyone told him what a high risk this was and that they would never be able to repay them.
Muhammad started to notice after doing this a few times for various women how they all repaid him. These loans were for very small amounts and made large impacts in these poor people’s lives. This all started with the equivalent of $27 money lent to 42 women, then in 1976 Yunus secured a loan from the state bank. He made a small profit on each loan and reinvested this into making more loans.
Yunus was trying to help out poor people in his country and in the process found how live out his passion. Some of us stumble upon it like Muhammad while others know from the very start. What is your story? Have you found yours?