A friend recently asked me, “You’ve always talked about Safal Niveshak as a cause, right?”
“Indeed, it’s a cause to help small investors become independent and successful in their financial lives.” I replied. “But why did you ask that?”
“I was just going through your Investing Workshop page, and saw that you have priced your Workshops at Rs 5,000 at the higher end! Isn’t that expensive for a small investor? Doesn’t this also dilute the entire concept of this being a cause?”
“Well, I don’t have any statistic to prove how much a small investor can afford to invest in himself/herself by learning the art of investing,” I told him, “But I anyways expect people to pay based on the benefit they think they receive.”
“So have you had people who’ve paid you nothing?” he asked out of curiosity.
“Yes…a few of them!”
“Oh! So there are some who don’t find value in your teachings!”
“Not really!” I said. “These were students who could not afford to pay. So I asked them not to worry about the payment and instead concentrate on the learning.”
“Okay fine,” he said, “But what about the concept of it being a cause? If you are doing everything for free on Safal Niveshak, why not also conduct the Workshops for free?”
“Well, there’s another cause that I’m working for! You can call it Safal Niveshak’s secret mission.”
Visibly stumped, he asked, “What’s that? You’ve never told me about that!”
“Because it’s a secret!” I smiled and reverted.
“So are you planning to share that secret with your readers, whom you call your tribesmen?”
“Indeed…very soon…because they are also partners in this secret mission that I have for Safal Niveshak!” I said.
Safal Niveshak’s “Secret” Mission
Well, here it is…
The kid on the left is Shashikala (age 7), and the one on the right is Praveena (age 5). These girls are now part of my family, though they don’t live with me.
“Okay, so what’s the secret mission?” you may wonder.
Well, here it is.
The money that Safal Niveshak makes from the Art of Investing Workshops, and after meeting the costs, go towards sponsoring less privileged children. Praveena and Shashikala are two of them.
The sponsorship helps these two kids with essentials like education, safe drinking water, basic healthcare, food and nutrition, and immunization against killer diseases.
We (me and my wife) have not adopted any of these children. The people who adopt are the true unsung heroes. Their heart is 100-times bigger than mine.
These kids live with their parents in extremely poor conditions, and our sponsorships are just a way to help them live a life of respect.
What’s amazing about sponsoring even just one child is that the families and friends also benefit. She feels loved and her outlook in life is so much brighter knowing that someone she has never met cares enough to write her letters and send presents.
We do this via World Vision India, a well-run charity where I know for sure that the money I donate is actually going into the children and programs to provide them with good facilities, education and food.
Charity Navigator shows how well-run World Vision is.
Apart from sponsoring kids under World Vision, a part of the money from the Workshops also goes towards sponsoring food under the mid-day meal scheme for children taken care for by The Akshaya Patra Foundation, another organization doing a great job.
Till now, we have sponsored food for one year for 10 children through Akshay Patra, partly through our savings and partly from the Workshop income.
So that’s Safal Niveshak’s secret mission! 🙂
Anyways, since I’ve now shared this mission publicly, it’s only right that you see the fruits of your support.
However, I won’t write about it too often. This is because the last thing I want to do is use my mission as some form of marketing campaign for Safal Niveshak.
As of now, if you’ve attended any of the Art of Investing Workshops (Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, or Delhi), please know that you’ve helped us sponsor 2 children under World Vision and 10 under Akshay Patra, all for the next one year.
My dream is to sponsor 30 children annually over the next 5 years, and 100 in the next 10 years.
Since you are my partner in this journey, you must know that this is the higher purpose of the Safal Niveshak initiative.
My heart is dedicated to helping “people unlike us” and my little earnings from Safal Niveshak helps with just that.
I’m not a philanthropist. I’m just a regular guy who, with great support from his wife, wants to help and see the underprivileged children develop so that they may have the opportunity to live better lives and to be role models in their communities.
Here again, I’m reminded of Warren Buffett who often says, “If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.”
Safal Niveshak – not just me, but you too – is on to doing whatever little it can for the rest of humanity.
What does this revelation mean for you?
Since you are an integral part of Safal Niveshak, I shared with you what I’m doing via this initiative apart from the investing education that I try to provide through the website and the Workshops that I conduct across cities.
Whatever I’m doing now on the website will be free for life (till I’m able-bodied to do it, that is) plus the Workshop pricing will remain as it is. I don’t expect people to pay me more than the benefit they receive from the Workshop.
I’ve shared all this with you with just one expectation, and here it is via a slide that I share during my Workshops…
Invest sensibly to not just meet your personal financial goals, but also to give it…to the 99% of humanity that needs it.
I’m not asking you to do any charity. Just generosity…for the world can become even more beautiful when you and I become even more generous.
As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Let’s get a life! What do you say?