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They are up and kidding!

Today, you may be a fresh graduate just our of college, burring with a zeal to face life. Snatch away every pinch of success that life has in its domain to offer. You may be an engineering graduate looking forward to arm yourself with an MBA, rule the world and startle everyone with your next big startup plan. Get yourself a worm, black leather covered leaning comfy chair in a swanky boardroom. see your name published in each and ever corporate magazine. In addition to it if you by any chance love to write, I strongly believe you just cant wait, but to see your article glisten in the wall streets journals blog. Get featured in Forbes list of most powerful people. And if you are, like a friend of mine, a freelance graphic designer……. what’s next after Adobe???

Now, hey! Come back… you nothing right now (if you are actually not! APPOLOGIES otherwise J )

So, ever thought about giving back something to the society after you get everything you want. cumon life is an infinite cycle of giving and taking so , you just cant have the cake and eat it to. Well!! if you  really want to there are some real unique ways in which you can actually give back to the society and participate in a real noble cause.

1)  iVOLUNTEER

It helps bring together volunteers and NGO’s that need help and provide a range of programmers in India and Abroad.. it already links 10,000 volunteers and 300 NGOs . while the focus is on individuals, iVolunteer also has a customized programmes for groups and corporate volunteering. Depending on your time and commitment levels , you could choose , for example , from reading for a couple of hour to a blind person on the weekend , working a few days every month for a rural business, or take on a two year assignment in another country.

 

How can you help??? Pick up a cause close to your heart and register at iVolunteer [dot] in

2) WADA NA TODO ABHIYAN:             

This is possibly the largest campaign on the governance accountability inIndia. they use the internet to connect more than 3000 civil society groups across the country in an effort to ensure that the central and state government fulfill promise made in there election manifestos. They also work with the planning commission, with feedback in preparing five year plans. The Ngo has launched a “Peoples Audit” of basic delivery area (health, education) to bring about changes.

How can you help??? …. participate in audits by monitoring government programmes at wadanatodo [dot] net.

3) GOVERNANCE COUNTS:

This organization aims at tapping the skills of senior corporate leaders and managers. And this is how it works: In India volunteer organizations are usually registered under various acts, which require them to govern by a board. Often, these board members are there more out of goodwill for the cause or the organization founder and are unaware of the line that separates governance from day to day operation. Governance counts helps NGO’s to get access to competent people who can be constructive board members.

To register login at governance counts [dot]org[dot]in.

4) HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Born In USA, this organization is kicking inIndiasince 1983 and seeks to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Ever since the construction of its first house in Asia Pacific region.

This body has done a pretty appreciable work of shifting 1.65 lakhs people in AP and built around 33000 houses for habitat.

what you can do: Hmm!!! if you are over 14 yrs , and can hold a hammer or a bucket or a paint brush you are welcome to be a part of the team that picks project at various sites and works there all happy and gay. Individuals can volunteer to work in habitat office and serve on board.

5) THE BICYCLE PROJECT:

The brain child of Hemant and Sangeeta Chabra this NGO raised your eyebrow in 2008, and gives a brand new name to the term “Recycling”. It collects old bicycle, overhauls them and distributes them to children in villages outside Mumbai. These kids have to walk between 2 to 7 km to school; can now used bicycles instead, Thanks to the bicycle project. This project is spreading its wings toDelhiand Pune. It had also inspired a number of other replicas to come up across the country.

Even you can be a part be collecting bicycles in your locality or starting up a similar project of your own.

 

So, you see if you to do it you have a number of bodies extending there hands to help you . Social service is definitely a divine bliss, the most rewarding and soul satisfying activity. Don’t think, If You want to GO AHEAD! They all are Up And Kicking!!!

[P.S inputs from Give India and Indian NGOs[dot]com ]

 

10 Things Colleges Don’t Tell Young Entrepreneurs at Graduation

Starting a business just out of school? Take notes, as there are a few things you should know about entrepreneurship that college simply won’t prepare you for. Here are 10 things your university won’t teach you:

1. “Hope you liked living like a college student.”
Now that you’re out of school, you’re ready to get your own place, maybe buy a car and stop eating Ramen noodles. But, when you’re working for yourself, personal overhead can kill your business before it starts. The more money you spend on yourself and your lifestyle, the less you’ll have to invest in your business.

Related: A Note to Young Treps: Put Down the Ramen

2. “There are no right answers.” 
The problems you tackle in school are designed to have both right and wrong answers. When you start a business you can get good advice from experts, but every business is different and you may not know whether you’re right until your business flourishes or founders. You need to find a way to thrive without a clear path.

3. “Cramming won’t help you succeed.” Skills such as memorizing information and following a professor’s directions won’t get your business off the ground. It’s time to break out of the good-student mode and take chances. Stop meeting expectations and start exceeding them.

4. “Average is never good enough.”
You may have been able to pass a class by just earning Bs and Cs, but if your business isn’t scoring As, the competition will destroy you. Many of the best and the brightest choose to start their own businesses and you will be facing them for funding, attention and customers.

5. “It’s finals week all the time.” 
Plan on doing plenty of hard work and withstanding long hours. Starting a business means sleep may take precedence over going out and partying with your friends. For entrepreneurs, there are never enough hours in a day.

6. “Your degree doesn’t matter.”
It’s true that some schools take more time preparing young entrepreneurs for the start-up world, and the contacts you’ll make can help you down the road. But generally, where you graduate from won’t matter to venture funders or other entrepreneurs. Having a stellar idea and the ability to turn it into a reality is what counts.

7. “You’re on your own.”
In college, you have the advantage of learning from and questioning faculty who often have insights that help you understand a class. With your own business, it’s important to find mentors to talk you through obstacles. For guidance, draw on operations such as SCORE, which is a group of retired businesspeople. Or, check with your past professors or alumni groups for people who can lend a hand.

Related: A Good Mentor Will Tell It Like It Is

8. “Say goodbye to your old friends.” Maybe you chose your friends based on shared interests such as liking the same kinds of movies or a shared preference for the hamburgers over macaroni and cheese in the cafeteria. You’ll still want to have relationships, but your criteria will change. Old friends who move into salaried positions won’t understand your challenges as well as other entrepreneurs. Look for people like you so that you can compare notes and share approaches. Your social life, such as it is, should also include getting to know potential customers and suppliers.

Related: What to Do When Friends Want to Be Co-Founders

9.”You can’t skip work.”
To succeed as an entrepreneur, you must be present. You need to be there, committed and willing to work hard, every single day.

10. “Failure is OK.”
One F won’t ruin a college career, and one failure — or more — doesn’t mean that your next idea won’t take off. Keep working your hardest, modify your business or start another one, and you may graduate from this demanding school of business with a company you can be proud of.

This story originally appeared on Young Entrepreneur