If you don’t act on your dreams, all they’re going to be, are dreams. Like most things in life, you need to put in the work to get results. Following our previous blog ‘I am a refugee, but more importantly, I am a dreamer’ on World Refugee Day, we wanted to share with you two more stories from former refugees. Learn about how both Ahmad and Ammar are working to turn their dreams, into realities.
This is the story of refugees, of people, of dreamers, of doers. But first and foremost, these are stories from real people who never let their adversities define their potential and future. In these stories, get to know the dreamers living in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
This article is inspired by and draws on our podcast series Embracing Failures with Chiara Condi, Wayan Vota, and Shabnam Aggarwal.
Let's talk about the dreaded F-word that we often fear and have probably been taught to avoid; “failure” that is. Throughout our school years, we are afraid of ever disappointing our parents and teachers by getting an F or 0, but it’s not until we’re adults, move to live on our own, and start living our lives, that we realize that failing isn’t the end of the world. In fact, Chiara and Shabnam said that they wouldn’t have been able to achieve their goals if it wasn’t for the failures. Sometimes you can learn more from failing than you ever would from succeeding.
This blog was originally published on Medium by Funzi Ambassador Henry Onyango.
“Don’t grow up, it’s a lie!”. There’s truth in that warning. Part of being an adult is having the ability to swift through numerous decisions that are constantly coming your way. Most of us, if not all, have suffered a burn out at some point. Ruling out medical conditions like chronic fatigue, and assuming that one get adequate sleep — one of the major drives behind the constant exhaustion and eventually burn out is decision fatigue. Put simply, we make way too many decisions and the quality of our decisions deteriorates along the curve.
Traditional business textbooks suggest that it’s logical to build your presence at your home market first, and then expand abroad. There’s less risk, fewer resources needed, less research that needs to be carried out; it’s a “risk-averse” strategy, or in some cases probably a “smart” strategy. In a Clarkson (2015) article on how to start a global business, the Founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, states that “launching your brand overseas will be hugely expensive, and finding distributors and retailers that are willing to take on an unknown brand will be extremely difficult”, so in other words, first start local and build a strong brand presence at home.
But why do some companies go big before they go home? Why did Funzi?
Following our dreams can often be scary; especially when there are so many uncertainties. What will others think of me? Are there tools that can help me achieve my dream? Will my dream job allow me to make a living? It’s hard to take a risk and make that leap of faith to follow our true dream career. But, if you are grinding your days away in a job you have no passion for, I would like to invite you to dream a little further: how could you earn a living from doing a job you love?
Most working in the tech industry are familiar with the concept of the technology evangelist. A person that takes the technology, product, or service that a company develops, creates a story around it, and roams the world, making everyone aware - and a fan - of that tech, product, or service. Globally, famous service and technology evangelists include Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki, Dan’l Lewin, and my fellow Finn, Peter Vesterbacka. Not all technologies succeed or survive and that makes the job of the evangelist often lonely and always challenging.