Inspiring Story Of Aswini Sahoo | CEO Of World Blind Cricket

One who does not have a streak in his hand; he draws his own line from his work! This proves Indian blind cricket team, when team clinched the World Cup 2018 by defeating Pakistan team. It was big achievement not only for team also for entire World Blind Cricket & Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) team.

Aswini Sahoo is the CEO of World Blind Cricket belongs from Cuttack, Orissa. Aswini has worked with National & International Media Conglomerate as journalist by profession. He also worked with Sports, USAID & other National & International non-governmental organizations. He is a registered consultant with few development platforms like Onfrontiers, US & Shoutforhelp, India. If everything does will be perfect soon he will achieve a new feather on his cap. Today we got chance interview him, let’s know more about his inspiring journey & learn from his ups & downs.

Aswini Sahoo
Aswini Sahoo

We hope this can inspire you to become a successful person too! It is worth listening to successful entrepreneur or to people who share their success stories? We can significantly learn many things from the experiences of them, by listening to their story.

Excerpts from our exclusive interview with him:

Q1)Tell us a little bit about you please;

I am a seasoned professional having 20 years of experience on International Development, Fundraising, CSR, Program Management, Organizational development, strategic positioning and business partnership. 

I had worked with International Media Conglomerate, Sports, USAID and other International and National non-governmental organizations. I bring in a world of experience on International programs, donors and resource mobilization with an acumen for results, enabling the achievement of outcomes by identifying, influencing championing change, embracing diversity, removing potential barriers to success and leading others in a professional manner.

I have experience in engaging external stakeholders and have raised organizational profiles through media and communications. I had worked in India, Afghanistan, Middle East, UAE, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan.

Q2) Tell us about your organization & how you started, please;

It is a 22 year old non-profit organization working primarily for people with disability. The founder’s came together for this cause as a result of their love for cricket especially blind cricket as they are visually impaired. I contribute to the fundraising and development strategies of the organization additionally I drive the growth of blind cricket across the world as a CEO of World Blind Cricket.

All the credit goes to Mr. Mahantesh GK- President-World Blind Cricket & CABI, Founder Trustee–Samarthanam Trust and the Board of World Blind Cricket for giving me the opportunity to serve.

Q3) What was your key driving force to be a part of an social organization?

I always wanted do something for others, particularly those who need a platform to show their talent. There was not better way than World Blind Cricket Ltd to add some value to the lives of people. Social enterprise brings innovative solutions to social issues using human resources, technology etc. 

Q4) What challenges are you facing? 

Challenges and obstacles are part of the journey. For us, it would be – Acceptance, Awareness and continuous funding : to be trusted and relied upon to do good for the visually impaired by the community itself. There is also a danger that organizations can lose sight of their social purpose as they “follow the money”

Q5) What is your development strategy? & what is economic model?

Networking and learning & sharing along the way. Fitting resources and opportunities and minimizes resistance and barriers. Entrepreneurship is thus important for a number of reasons, from promoting social change to driving innovation. The economic model is to convert the inputs into outcomes. the generation of both social value (measurable impact) and economic value (revenue).

Q6) What are your responsibilities to be a part of an social organization

The role of social entrepreneurs is to accept the challenge, question and rethink concepts and assumptions and practices. To work on the existing social problems, plugging the gaps, providing time and innovative solutions to alleviate problems that exist at the basic level.

Q7) How do you measure your social impact?

As Social Impact Measurement is a process of understanding how much social change occurred and can be attributed to an organization’s activities. The integrity of the process is usually bolstered by an impact statement and a clear impact-driven, stakeholder-focused strategy. What matters is able to gain credibility with funders, donors, and public. The insights to get as funder from data-driven impact learning into your portfolio and outcomes helps in making future investment decisions.

Q8) What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?

For me, my greatest fear is failure; the fear of not living up to expectations (my own, more than anyone else’s) is what I consider to be my greatest fear in life. The fear of failure is when we allow fear to stop us from doing the things that can move us forward to achieve our goals.

Handling fear:

  • Shifting my focus to the positive emotions in daily life.
  • Working to identify meaning and purpose in life.
  • Patience. Patience allows to fully live in each moment without attempting to avoid any of them.
  • Reminding myself  that my anxiety is a storehouse of wisdom.
  • Being optimistic and focusing on the positive side of life.

Q9) Tell us about your early life & How has being a social entrepreneur affected your family life?

Being born in a humble business joint family and my father had always been an inspiration to me where he taught me that “Work is God” and also that we should always try to help people wherever and whichever way we can within our capacity. Those golden words had been an inspiration for me to venture into this sector.

Starting something new can always have an impact on the family and not always in a positive way. Becoming a social entrepreneur can be emotionally draining and time consuming. It can turn into a very stressful situation for anyone and his/her family. So an individual’s family must give the respect, support, and trust needed to succeed.

My work and the opportunities that I get to meet with people and creating new arena for blind cricketers to play in has been the biggest motivating factor. 

Aswini Sahoo

Q10) What piece of advice would you give to college graduates who want to become success??

These are few advises:

  • Continuous Learning staying committed to studies
  • Avoiding Distractions
  • Time Management
  • Hard Work, Hard Work
  • Risk-taking and Ownership 

A successful career is made out of many failures and to fail every time, a person would require implementing a new strategy every time and in the end, he will surely discover the best strategy in terms of desired output. Therefore, students need to become self-motivated and goal-driven right from their beginning.

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