Unit 13 Career and Entrepreneurship
Mahabir Pun: A Visionary Social Entrepreneur
Ways with words
A) Find the words from the text which mean the following. The first letter has been given.
a) making you feel physically relaxed; pleasant to wear, sit on, etc.
b) having a degree from the university
c) without being connected with or influenced by something or by each other
d) the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something
e) familiar with something, having read, seen or experienced it
f) a person who makes money by starting or running businesses, especially when this involves taking financial risks
g) an opportunity or a place for somebody to express their opinions publicly or make progress in a particular area
h) to use something, especially for a practical purpose
Answer these questions.
a) How did Mahabir Pun begin his lifelong journey in Nepal after coming back to Nepal from the US?
Ans: He decided to stay in his home village Nangi of Myagdi district and to help villagers start a high school as a volunteer teacher. That was the beginning of his lifelong journey in Nepal.
b) Why didn’t he want to work for other companies in the US or in Nepal?
Ans: To enjoy in his life, he wanted to work independently and do something on his own for the benefits of human beings. Therefore, he made my decision to come to Nepal and stay in mountain villages.
c) Why did he involve in innovation?
Ans: It is the necessity of the communities to start different development projects and that it is the necessity to retain the most talented and innovative young people in Nepal for economic development that motivated him to be involved in innovation.
d) What are the income-generating programmes that he helped to start?
Ans: The income-generating programmes are Yak farming, camping ground for the trekkers, cheese making, jam making, paper making, bee keeping, vegetable farming, handicraft making, fish farming etc.
e) Whose support is Pun getting to proceed with his campaign?
Ans: He is supported by communities to proceed with his campaign.
f) How have the developed countries become prosperous?
Ans: The developed countries have become prosperous because of their large investment in research and innovation.
g) How can we keep the most talented and innovative people in Nepal?
Ans: It is necessary to create sound environment and support system to keep the most talented and innovative people and use them for the economic development of Nepal.
A. Pun says, “We do not have culture of innovation that encourages young people to be innovative and creative”. Do you agree with him? Explain.
Ans: Yes, I agree with Pun that We do not have culture of innovation that encourages young people to be innovative and creative. Most of the innovative people go abroad in search of better education and job opportunities. It is called brain drain. Our government is failing to stop them because there is no good opportunities and environment in Nepal for innovators.
It is our responsibility to create sound environment and support system to keep the most talented and innovative people and use them for the economic development of Nepal. People should also think about their motherland and help it by bringing back innovative ideas that they learn in abroad. It will help to develop the economy of our country and help Nepal become a prosperous nation. In the same way, our government should allocate a small budget to establish innovation centres in all local levels to boost innovative ideas.
B. What qualities does an individual need to become an entrepreneur?
Ans: Many people dream of becoming entrepreneur. It demands vision, innovation and creativity to become an entrepreneur.
An individual must have a positive mindset and accept responsibility for their actions to become a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneur takes risk to get more profit. So, to become an entrepreneur we must possess risk taking nature.
Qualities for an Entrepreneur:
- Risk-taking ability
- Creativity and Critical thinking
- Taking Goals
- Understanding the value of time and money
- Knowledge, skill and training
- Confident and Open minded
- Work Ethic