Over the 15th and 16th of Feb Founders weekend #FWknd came to London and that too in some style. Met great entrepreneurs… some who had flown in across the pond, locals I had not met before, some repeat offenders like myself, some on their first offense, others contemplating their next! our hosts from Ceaser’s and of course my favorite London duo Katie and Matthew from 9Others.
Our hosts from Ceaser’s went all out, no holds barred, from an incredible evening out at the Icon Bar, to a day at the races and a closing evening at the Playboy club and thank you for it! it was awesome.
We shared tales from our journeys, life in the trenches, the decisions made to go over, to retreat only to retake, to hold or not, discussed our next acts, learned how to make a good margarita from Kai (the cocktail master at the Icon Bar at Empire) who makes a mean margarita (the secret is in the agave nectar) but not close to what they concoct at La Mananitas on N Halsted in Chicago, but I did not have the heart to tell the man..he did share a secret after all!
And while I have the attention of the many other founders, co-founders, first time and repeat offenders and many still planning their first I’d like to tell you about another bunch of founders across the third rock, never dined and spoiled silly in such style, never brought together to connect and build that thing that feeds our individual success – the community or finding their 9others! but just as dedicated, persistent and hard working as everyone of us out there, but…. dealt a short hand by fate.
These are the micro-entrprenerus, the founders at the very sharp end; the Mighty in my opinion. The street cobblers who shine and repair shoes on street pavements, the jack of all trades who’d fix or attempt to fix anything you throw at ’em for a dollar or less, the barber who specialises in servicing others living on or below the poverty line with his/her under a tree barber shop, the seasonal cart vendor who’d sell fruits and vegs one season and use the same cart to collect scrap metal and recyclables off season and the many many more trades and crafts that these founders find themselves involved in to make ends meet, to feed their families and support extended families several borders away. Unlike us they are founders by circumstance not by choice.
So while I have the attention of the founders from Founders Weekend on both sides of the pond and beyond, spare a few minutes to visit Peace Through Prosperity’s site and see how this charity is passing on knowledge and skills from our trenches to theirs, teaching them vocational and entrepreneurial skills to help them grow their businesses, maximise profits, recognise, avail and identify new opportunities.
Watch the vids and see how spending 2 hours a day 5 evenings in a single week undergoing PTP’s business growth training (our mini MBA program) can transform their lives, how all those who have passed through our program have seen double digit growth in their revenues and how that has changed their lives and given them the opportunity to change the lives of their families. And if you like what Peace Through Prosperity is doing in conflict zones then spare a little of your hard earned reward from your own time in the trenches for a fellow warrior many borders, timezones, cultures and life-styles away.
And if you do not feel donating cash is the right thing to do then volunteer to donate an hour or less of your time on the third rock, tell your friends about our work, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, write/contribute to our blog, visit our site every now and then to see how we are and will continue to change livelihoods for the less privileged. Its not about giving them a hand-out, its about giving them a leg-up.
Peace Through Prosperity has been founded by myself and my better 2/3rds Sahar Zaidi-Shirazee, is funded by ourselves, our friends, family, folks like you and is run by an awesome, gifted, dedicated, incredible, ridiculously amazing and brave team.
“Your success requires the aid of others, and their’s yours.” 9Others.
(the last three words are my addition but am sure K&M wont mind!)
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