Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Muhammad Yunus: Falling Back on Instinct

In his address to graduates at MIT’s 2008 Commencement, Muhammad Yunus speaks about the importance of following your instinct in the absence of a road-map:

“I had no idea whether my life would someday be relevant to anyone else's. But in the mid-seventies, out of frustration with the terrible economic situation in Bangladesh I decided to see if I could make myself useful to one poor person a day in the village next door to the university campus where I was teaching.”

“I found myself in an unfamiliar situation. Out of necessity I had to find a way out. Since I did not have a road-map, I had to fall back on my basic instinct to do that. At any moment I could have withdrawn myself from my unknown path, but I did not. I stubbornly went on to find my own way. Luckily, at the end, I found it. That was microcredit and Grameen Bank.”

The entire Commencement address is posted at:

‘The Upside Down Thinking of Muhammad Yunus, Stories for Speakers and Writers, 10 June 2008.

Muhammad Yunus on Poverty

Muhammad Yunus on Changing the World

Muhammad Yunus: Success by Unconventional Wisdom

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: “I had to fall back on my basic instinct.”