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The ‘Inspirationpreneur’ - Renu Paswan
Renu is an author, life coach, speaker, Influencer, social worker, politically inclined and ‘Inspirationpreneur’ who has given inspiration to her community in Bihar through courage, will and hard work. Her vivid writings Inspires everyone which is powerful and encouraging
Renu Paswan was born in a village in Bihar, to a family with small means and an SCST background. From a young age she experienced the ups and downs of village life. At home she had two brothers who were born with cerebral palsy. “she is the eldest in her family, and from the time she was very young she had all the responsibility of running her home,” .
Renu, a sensitive person by nature, was also aware of what her community and tribe were going through. “People in Bihar, especially from her community were suffering, and she wanted to do something about it.
While Renu was concerned about her community, her village compatriots did not extend the same sensitivity towards her. “In the villages, life is quite different, especially for women. Even at the age of 12 or 13, they want to marry you off. She remembered when she was in 8th or 9th standard, there would be people who would come to see her and push her for marriage. But she wanted to study and make something of herself.” And so, 20 years ago, Renu left her village to complete her graduation in Benguluru followed by her masters at the University of Pune, eventually becoming a management professional at Infosys.
Despite all the challenges she faced, Renu’s enthusiasm always seemed to remain intact. “It is all about the realization,” she says. “I accepted that my life was going to be difficult, especially given my family situation. But instead of cribbing and crying, she wanted to do something about and spread her learning to other people as well. This was the start of something Powerful.” Inspired by her life story, colleagues at her work place asked her to share her experienced with others at the Pune campus. The talk became so popular that she was also invited to speak at the centre in Bangalore, Pune, London, as well as a TEDx event.
“When she started giving talks, a lot of people approached her saying that more people would be benefitted if she write about her experiences as well.” And thus, Renu wrote a book named "Live to Inspire" in May 2018, which then expanded to the "Live to Inspire Foundation" .
Under Live to Inspire, Renu has conducted seminars for educational institutions such as India Today Institute for Journalism, for bodies such as the All India SCST Federation, various NGOs and corporates. Renu also works with her village community back in Bihar. Eleven female members are chosen from each block and amenities are provided so they can start their own businesses.
For her efforts, Renu received the Indian Achievers Award, titled ‘India’s First Inspirationpreneur’ in 2019 and was also invited to speak on gender equality at the Women Economic Forum in November 2019. She is part of "United Nations - Woman Forum where she will be visiting Paris soon. She is been featured in various news, media sites, tv, she received recongnition from "Bollywood actor -Ashmit Patel, and Actress - Sayantani ghosh for her work.
Renu is now listed in various Celebrity management plateforms as an Influencer to Motivate all of us with her powerful messages.
“The best advice she gives to people who are looking to make a change is to lead by example,” she says. “Even if you do a small thing, it is enough to change someone else’s mind. It is enough to motivate and change them.” Don't look out for Example, Be One
We appreciates the spirit of this Daughter of Bihar who is a changemaker. Let us all “Live to Inspire” ourselves and others!