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Muhammad Yunus -
Exemplary “Fishing Coach”

- by Colleen Wilkinson
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Living in a country with one of the highest unemployment, poverty and crime rates in the world, this is a subject I could go on about ad nauseam. I do respect your time, so I’ll try to be brief.

Even the ‘poor’ have integrity and pride (I’m generalizing) and so many other laudable qualities many of us have yet to understand (e.g. perseverance and strength under any circumstance). To a large extent, particularly those cultures that emphasize the status of the man in society, they have also learnt the art of humility. This doesn’t mean they need to be ’humiliated’. After all, rich or poor, we’re all human!

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I believe that for most, begging and stealing are only borne of desperation. Young children observing these behaviors as part of life eventually learn them as the norm, creating larger communities of beggars, if not introduced to alternatives.

Given the opportunity (aren’t we all looking for those?) and treated with respect (don’t we all respond to that?), many of these people are just as capable of gaining their dignity, reaching their potential and discovering their purpose.

What does this have to do with Muhammad Yunus?

On October 13th 2006, Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh was announced as the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. He shares this prize with the Grameen Bank. They have been awarded for their micro-lending policies to poverty stricken communities.

I was so encouraged** to read his interview with nobelprize.org, as it pretty much sums up my beliefs on understanding and dealing with poverty.

Excerpts from Mr Yunus’ interview with www.nobelprize.org include:

  • “The one message that we are trying to promote … poverty in the world is an artificial creation. It doesn't belong to human civilization, and we can change that…”
  • “…So the only thing we have to do is to redesign our institutions and policies, and there will be no people who will be suffering from poverty. …I would hope that this award will make this message heard many times, and in a kind of forceful way, so that people start believing that we can create a poverty-free world.”
  • “…People come out of poverty every day, … People can change their own lives, provided they have the right kind of institutional support.”
  • “They're not asking for charity, charity is no solution to poverty. … so bring them [the opportunities like everybody else has] to the poor people, so that they can change their lives. That's all we are doing. We didn't do anything special; …– all we did was we lent it [money] to the poor people,…”

Why regard Muhammad Yunus as an “Exemplary Fishing Coach”?

The press release at nobelprize.org includes:

  • “…Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. …Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries.…
  • …Every single individual on earth has both the potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.”

I’m sure you’ve heard the “fish” proverb? In case you haven’t, it goes something like this: “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he’ll eat for the rest of his life.”

Here’s a man (and institution) that have taken the proverb and put it into practice. My congratulations go out to them, along with my wish for more of us to begin thinking like them, to follow their example and to take them up on their challenge. You and me, Mr / Mrs / Ms Everyday – we can also make a difference. We “don’t have to do anything special” - we just need to change our perspective and take some action. We too can become “fishing coaches”!

Where to from here?

My request is that you visit nobelprize.org and take in the initial interview (audio or text) and then read the press release to get the full story.

Then, download your free copy of Wallace D. Wattles' Science of Getting Rich (which covers so much more than ‘getting rich’…). Read the book and be inspired to make a difference in your own life. You’ll find your thinking will broaden to include some plan for ‘payback time’. Whatever your circumstances – the fact that you’re reading this from a computer is proof enough that right now you’re in a far better position than millions of others on this planet.


** If you read The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles, you’ll know why I was encouraged. In fact, I was actually dumb-struck. You see, Mr Yunus’ viewpoint on poverty in the world could have been taken straight from the writings of Mr Wattles. I am aware that there are many others who have written and verbalized similar viewpoints (Muhammad Yunus proves this). However, I continue to recommend Wallace D. Wattles because he has written some amazing works which, although some years ago, and in a rather different style of English, are written in such a manner that it’s easy for the likes of me to comprehend ;-).

[All excerpts quoted in this article are (C) Nobel Web AB 2006]

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