Want to change the world? Be resilient
W1. Grit: Short-term focus on tasks at hand, a willingness to slog through broken systems with limited resources and pragmatic problem-solving skills. 2. Courage: Action in the face of fear and embracing the unknown. 3. Commitment: Long-term optimism and focus on big-picture goals.
I see these qualities in the Global Fellows who are selected to work with Acumen’s i nvestee companies across Afr i c a a nd Sout h Asia du r i ng a hat ’s t he di f f erence between a person with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real impact? To tackle the world’s biggest problems, we need to be able to identify and support the people who are capable of creating lasting change. At Acumen Fund, we spend a lot of time tr ying to f ind and train aspiring and established leaders from around the world who have the right mix of talent, ideas and passion. And what we’ve found time and again is that resilience matters most. 12-month programme.
These individuals bring exceptional skills and business expertise to their work.
But t hat is not enough: It ’s t heir ability to dig deep, roll up their sleeves and immerse themselves in the unglamorous trenches of seemingly intractable problems while remaining focused on long-term goals t hat allows t hem to buck the status quo and deliver meaningful change. cost of not always being liked – a tradeoff she’s accepted. She works 12-14 hours, seven days a week, and pushes through daily challenges and physical fatigue. The sesame business is new to t his part of Uganda and i s a l ready i ncreasing t he y i elds of more t han 10 000 farmers, providing them with new income that can go toward school fees or production tools. Farmers, who until recently lived in camps for internally displaced persons, now live with freedom, dignity and choice.
For Natalie, the unrelenting pace of work and many headaches are worth it.