“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”~Author Unknown
One of the major activities that I wanted to do in India was to visit the tomb of St Thomas in Chennai.
And I did!
Above is a picture of me at the San Thome Basilica in Chennai (Madras), India.
Social Entrepreneurship Lessons from a Saint in India
So how does visiting St Thomas relate to social entrpreneurship at all? And why should you care?
Well, for me, I respect the guy.
St Thomas is known as being one of the 12 main followers of Jesus Christ while we was here on earth.
Now, I don’t proclaim to be an expert on the bible nor am I an expert on Christianity and religion. I’m a Christian myself, although I respect all religions and the value of spirituality no matter what back ground you come from.
You’ll notice that I will also be visiting other spiritual leaders across India – such as the Dalai Lama (Buddhism) and the Hugging Mother (Hinduism). While all of these spiritual leaders come from various spiritual backgrounds, they all advocated for a message of peace and goodwill for humanity. Not only that, but each of them set out to become leaders in their community to express that message. That’s what I especially respect about them.
For me personally, going to the place where St Thomas’ remains are buried was really interesting.
Doubting Yourself and Your Mission
Saint Thomas is also known as “Doubting Thomas.”
He is regarded as being the disciple who “doubted” in Jesus, especially after Jesus’ death.
And while there are a number of religious beliefs associated with Saint Thomas, I suppose I want to focus more on the practical lessons that we can learn from him today.
Like social entrepreneurs today, I suppose Jesus and his disciples wanted to change the world through a message of compassion and love.
What’s interesting about Saint Thomas, however, is that he displayed his human weaknesses more than the others.
He lost faith in what he believed in. He lost faith in himself.
Power of Faith in Changing the World
What I want to highlight is that while a follower of a spiritual leader may doubt in himself and his mission, you too may often feel like you doubt in yourself.
The reason why I wanted so much to visit the tomb of Saint Thomas in Chennai, India, is the fact that his tomb there symbolizes his turn around and his shift.
He didn’t end up dwelling on his weaknesses. He ended up taking action, he travelled across the world and ended up dying for his beliefs in Chennai, India.
Now, I’m not saying you should all die for what you believe in. Although many great social leaders have.
A Lesson in Self Confidence from Saint Thomas in India
What I guess I have learned from visiting Saint Thomas’ tomb in Chennai, and what I would like to share with you is to:
Believe in Yourself.
Have faith in your mission here on earth, whether it’s through your social business, a non profit organization or expressing your gifts in other ways through your passion.
No one else can do it for you.