THE THREE PRINCES OF SERENDIP English version of Peregrinaggio di tre giovani figliuoli del re di Serendippo Published by Michele Tramezzino in Venice in 1557 Serendip is the Persian and Urdu name of Sri Lanka
SERENDI P A former name for Sri Lanka. A word coined by HoraceWalpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 1754) that he had formed itupon the title of the fairy-tale `The Three Princes of Serendip,the heroes of which `were always making discoveries, byaccidents and sagacity, of things they were not in questof.
THE STORY "In ancient times, a great and powerful king by the name ofGiaffer had three sons. And being a good father and very concernedabout their education, he decided that he had to leave them endowednot only with great power, but also with all kinds of virtues ofwhich princes are particularly in need."
The king searches out the best tutors to teachthem in such a way that they could beimmediately recognized as his very own. When the tutors are pleased with the progress that the threeprinces make in the arts and sciences they report it to the king.
However, the king still doubts their training,he declares that he will retire leaving them as king. Each politely declines, affirming the fathers superior wisdom andfitness to rule. The king is pleased, but fearing that his sons education may havebeen too sheltered and privileged, he pretend to be anger at them forrefusing the throne and sends them away from the land.
THE LOST CAMEL No sooner do the three princes arrive abroad than they trace clues toidentify precisely a camel they have never seen. They conclude that thecamel is lame, blind in one eye, missing a tooth, carrying a pregnantwoman, and bearing honey on one side and butter on the other. Whenthey later encounter the merchant who has lost the camel, they reporttheir observations to him. He accuses them of stealing the camel andtakes them to the Emperor Beramo, where he demands punishment.
Beramo asks how they are able to give such an accurate descriptionof the camel if they have never seen it. It is clear from the princesreplies that they have used small clues to infer cleverly the nature ofthe camel. At this moment a traveller enters the scene to say that he has justfound a missing camel wandering in the desert. Beramo spares thelives of the Three Princes, lavishes rich rewards on them and appointsthem to be his advisors.
ARE ENTREPRENEURS BORN OR MADE? Character of an entrepreneur: Initiator, willingness to take risks,embodies the leadership to bring together the capital and resourcesfor the organization, pursue their goal.
BILL GATES - MICROSOFT Bill Gates was brought up in a family with an entrepreneurial spirit. He saw the example set by his parents and was encouraged by them to set up his own business.
According to research by Vivek Wadhwa at UC Berkeley, the average agewhen an entrepreneur starts a high-tech company is 40 – after 15-20 yearsof work experience.This work experience gives them enough time to learn essential functionaland management skills including how to build products, how to marketand sell them, and how to build, grow and manage teams.And finally, it is time that allows you to formulate ideas and get to knowpeople who you trust implicitly that can help you turn those ideas into acompany.
We can’t pick our parents nor our upbringing. We can, however, choose how hard we work, what skills we develop and how we can be our best self.