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12 August 2012

Why OpenGyan?

For quite sometime couple of my friends and I are doing little weekend work in the banner of OpenGyan. Check out this and this to know more about it. One thing that puzzles people why are we doing this without getting anything back (the fact is that, till now, we didn't get even the traveling allowance or cost and in some cases we request for accommodation in guest house if it requires overnight stay). And this requires an honest answer.

When i thought, i got the following answer (this is my personal view. Though i believe the founders/friends agree with this, i m writing this on my own to keep me grounded and work on the purpose/mission)

  • Getting back need not always be material 
    • having conducted 10+ workshops, i would say i got more in terms of experience and i cannot equate anything with this.
  • Give back if you are privileged to lead a quality life
    • Again it depends on people. With the compensation i get from my daytime job thro' my company, i can lead a quality life and feel i can spend a little on my passion.
  • Giving back leads to getting back
    • I strongly believe that this is an investment but not a spending.
  • Pay your fees for learning life lessons
    • I cannot afford to set up a college to teach to people. I see this spending as my fees towards realizing my dream/passion
  • Meeting young minds is honor but not a job.
    • One cannot underestimate the power of young/curious mind. If not for all the above reasons, this one by itself justify the spending i do.
  • Get an experience of how to run the show with minimal resources
    • Just three folks with each having day time job & family, it requires a lot of endurance to run the show with minimal resources (most importantly time).
  • At the end, i makes me happy
    • At the end, it is so cool and it makes me happy. So, i better do the things that makes me happy.

More gyan on why OpenGyan later.

Have a happy week.