Seeking the “good life” & being a visionary entrepreneur

November 28th, 2008 by Admin

Below are two blogs we wrote for Harvard Business, one on how to create your own personal vision of the “good life” (and why it can be so powerful), and the other on how an enterprising optometrist saw a need in the developing world and created an organization that helps thousands.

“What’s Your Vision of the Good Life?” Harvard Business Publishing, August 18, 2008.

While world-class organizations craft banner vision statements to inspire their efforts toward success, most people haven’t thought to do so for themselves. As we watch the Olympic Games in Beijing, we are reminded in interview after interview with champion athletes about the importance of envisioning their success, of visualizing their performance flowing perfectly, leading to the medal ceremony and their dreams coming true. Aristotle observed that “the soul never thinks without a picture.”

Creating a compelling vision for our lives — one that includes not just a vision of our professional accomplishments but also a vision for family life, education, health, community engagements, travel, and adventures — can point us in new directions and provide the drive we need to get there. A personal vision statement asks: what do I want to be, do, and contribute in life — and who do I want to share it with?

Some people struggle with the notion of having a vision of the good life because it sounds abstract and distant. Fortunately, authors Richard Leider and David Shapiro have come to the rescue with an elegantly simple definition of the good life: “living in the place you belong, with the people you love, doing the right work — on purpose.”

To view the entire blog, click here.

“Vision(ary) Entrepreneur,” Harvard Business Publishing, August 14, 2008.

Here’s the basic formula for entrepreneurship: Understand a problem, grasp its full context, connect previously unconnected dots, and have the vision, courage, resourcefulness, and persistence to see the solution through to fruition.
Case in point…

Today, over 400 million people worldwide live in poverty. Most depend on the use of their hands and their eyesight to provide for themselves and their families. As they age, near-sightedness threatens their livelihoods. For more than 40% of these people, a pair of over-the-counter glasses sold in any Western drugstore would substantially increase their productivity and quality of life. But many people don’t have access to these eyeglasses.

To view the entire blog, click here.

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