Real Story: Entrepreneurship cannot be thought in colleges, one is born with it, this Gardener is an example

Mere 4 years back, Rambhai was tilling soil on the side of a road inside my complex, when a site engineer asked him if he would like to build his house garden. He hurriedly came running to and agreed to whatever he wanted him to do and for whatever they were willing to pay. He almost did his garden for free.

2He then used their garden as a show sample of his work to other houses in the complex. Within 2 years he was managing 20 house gardens. By then he had bought a motorbike. He also employed 3-4 helpers who used to visit our houses for daily maintenance. His wife was one of them.A year later, he informed that he has started a tempo delivery service with his son. He also won a contract to build a garden for the bungalow that the builder was building for himself in the complex. It was over 1/2 acre land. He took us there and showed me the work he was doing.Soon, the builder of the complex offered him the contract to maintain the trees and gardens in the entire complex. Now has 2-3 delivery vehicles and over 15 people under him.

He goes to work in Honda Civic, gets down to work himself, gets his hand dirty with the workers. He digs the soil, uprooting trees and planting new ones. He was standing there and getting things done.

He is the impressive story of a small gardener to an established small entrepreneur in 4 years. Why can’t others do this and probably it is there in the genes. It cannot be taught. If that was the case, entrepreneurship courses would have been in hot demand across the world, isn’t it?

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Rambhau drives a car which even his house owners don’t . But he maintains our gardens. He takes instructions and delivers value to customers. He has the humility to serve his customers, when in reality he could be making more money than them.

Rambhau must be in his early 50s. He was a contract worker until late 40s. Obviously entrepreneurship existed within him, but he was locked in an ecosystem that did not give him opportunities of high returns for his hard work. When he got the right platform to deliver, he seized the opportunity. He did this without any support from traditional banks.

These are the millions of small entrepreneurs like him in India that drive the Indian economy. They get no bank or VC funding. They borrow money at high interest rates, do not understand financial ratios and repay all their debt consistently on time, while building a profitable business.

Nobel laureate, and Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus said,

“To me, the poor are like Bonsai trees. When you plant the best seed of the tallest tree in a six-inch deep flower pot, you get a perfect replica of the tallest tree, but it is only inches tall. There is nothing wrong with the seed you planted; only the soil-base you provided was inadequate.

1Poor people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong with their seeds. Only society never gave them a base to grow on.”

Rambhau is a perfect example of this dogma of poverty that faces 80% of Indian population. Fortunately he refused to become a bonsai. He literally expanded his “flower pot” to a 200 acre campus and made enough money to afford a Honda Civic for himself. He proves that if you have the talent, the will and the willingness, 100s of ways magically appear around you – capital or no capital, education or no education.

A Real Story seen and shared by Mr. Ninad Vengurlekar