This seems so challenging. Where do I start? Once every week I do get like: Why on earth am I
doing this? You know, I can find something easier. You’re constantly on the cusp of failure. I was totally not prepared for Latin America. That was actually the doubt that we have:
What reading scape could help people for a better life. Whenever we’ve looked at challenges or
obstacles, we’ve always really engaged people. There’s no shame in asking
for questions. I think there’s more shame in arrogance and thinking that you
have every answer. When you’re really driven by need to solve something
you’re passionate about, you know, every challenge just becomes a stepping stone
that you need to overcome. For me, what drives me is change. I mean, I believe
that you come to this world, and you when you leave the world, it needs to be a little bit
better. It doesn’t have to be something humongous. But if you can contribute just
a little bit, then you’ve done your deed. What these women were doing and how
they were struggling, you just want that, like, there is no way. I mean, you can’t
give up and you cannot say I don’t care, I’m just going home. No. The first thing is to step back, to see actually what was the purpose, why you are doing it. And when you think about the little
children, all the little people that we want to help, then you say:
Okay, it’s only a positive. I think it’s not about doing
innovation. It’s really innovating in what we do. And it can be small things or
big things. But in the end, it’s about having an impact. This is important. Innovation is not by the machines. Artificial intelligence is important, but algorithms will not innovate. Seed funding is important, but money will not innovate.
Big Data for sure is important, but databases also will not innovate. Only people innovate.
People who dedicate their passion to change. There will never be a perfect day, never
perfect conditions, never a perfect partner or perfect amount
of funding to get you going. But with what you have, you need to start.
The miracle happens as you begin. In the words of the great Nike slogan:
Just do it. Sometimes there are things that are really close to you, but you don’t see them. So, open your eyes for those close things and remember that big
things have small beginnings. I didn’t lose anything. I only gained experience
that is priceless in a way. So just do it. If you dedicate one hour, two hours
for the idea that you have, every single day, then things will start moving. And what
was a simple idea will become a cause or a big company.