While most people still firmly believe that one has to be born into a rich family, be out-of-this-world lucky or work as hard as possible, I believe in vision. All the most successful teachers, leaders and entrepreneurs had grand visions that they stubbornly held on to, they dared to dream even when noone believed in them and they followed their bliss no matter what was going on around them.
I also believe in doing what one loves to do because no matter how much time I spend doing my thing, it never feels like work or job. It’s something I feel guided to do and if I didn’t have computer to type this letter, I would use a pen and a paper, I could write in the sand or speak my thoughts out loud.
And most of all, I believe in being myself, regardless of what others might think of me. Last but not least, I will never again invest any effort for the purpose of fitting into a certain group.
This morning I came across the video below. This little Indian lady by the name Kiran Bedi – that no rational person would give her any chance – influenced thousands of people from the society’s bottom – in the most powerful way.
Her speech made me laugh and inspired me although the two of us are not much alike. But her energy, leadership and significance are qualities that I can’t help myself but deeply admire.
Kiran Bedi has a surprising resume. Before becoming Director General of the Indian Police Service, she managed one of the country’s toughest prisons — and used a new focus on prevention and education to turn it into a center of learning and meditation. She shares her thoughts on visionary leadership at TEDWomen.
Before she retired in 2007, Kiran Bedi was one of India’s top cops. As the first and highest-ranking female officer in the national police force, she earned a reputation for being tough yet innovative on the job. Her efforts to prevent crime, reform prisons, end drug abuse, and support women’s causes earned her a Roman Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Bedi also served as a police adviser to the UN Secretary General.
In retirement, Bedi has become one of the most trusted and admired community leaders in India. She advocates for social change and civic responsibility through her books, columns, and a popular reality-TV show. She reaches out to more than 10,000 people daily through her two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which provide education, training, counseling and health care to the urban and rural poor.
Her latest initiative, Mission Safer India, aims to ensure that police log and address citizen complaints. Her life is the subject of the 2008 documentary Yes, Madam Sir, narrated by Helen Mirren.
“What makes Bedi … one of the most admired Indians is the way she reaches out to people as a police officer and person behind two NGOs founded for causes close to her heart — women’s emancipation and education for independence. ”
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