Be it any kind of work one does – whether personal, business, job, or any form of occupation – it should be based on professionalism. This is what I believe at this stage of my life and career. Several experienced old time entrepreneurs, unaware of the tenets of ‘professionalism’, were unable to practice it; and I was one among them.
In 1984, I got into social work, and for eighteen years, listening to what my heart told me, I worked passionately and with complete integrity on several social issues. It was only in 2002 that I realized that professionalism is important and necessary in order to bring in the highest degree of competency and efficacy. I thus began to professionalize my work as a social entrepreneur, and now, after nearly 9 years, am enjoying its fruits.
Changing over from traditional amateur methods, to professional processes with changed mindsets, has not been easy. It has been a very complex and difficult process that required tremendous patience, perseverance, a continuous reflection and a strict follow-up.
Although plain ignorance made me wait for nearly 18 years, before professionalizing my work, I am happy that the current techno savvy younger generation, on account of better exposure to wider learning opportunities would not have to wait as I had to. The entire country, I would say, thus looks forward to very crucial contributions from these young ‘professionals’, for its progress.
- Shantilal Muttha