Make a Living or Make a Difference? You Don’t Have to Choose with Roshan Paul (Episode #78)

Have you long desired a career path that aligns with your personal joys and values, AND allows you to make a comfortable living? Roshan Paul has spent his professional life helping nearly 10,000 people from over sixty-five countries accelerate their careers in social impact. Today, he’s sharing his top tips for how you can make a living and make a difference, all at the same time.

Episode Highlights


About Our Guest

Author of “The New Reason to Work: How to Build a Career that Will Change the World”, Roshan shares his story of how that can be possible. Roshan Paul is the co-founder of Amani Institute, an award-winning global social enterprise that helps individuals align their working life with the life they want to lead. Prior to Amani Institute, Roshan worked with Ashoka for a decade, where he designed and launched programs that supported over 500 social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) around the world. Raised in Bangalore, India, Roshan has a master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s in International Political Economy from Davidson College. He has guest-lectured or spoken at conferences at over fifty universities and other institutions around the world, including Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and the World Bank.

Listen in for a deep dive into how you can build a career around your values to simultaneously make a living and make an impact.

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Connect with Roshan on LinkedIn . Go and visit The New Reason to Work and build a career that will change the world!

Show Notes

[00:01 – 10:40] Opening Segment

  • Roshan shares a little bit of his background.
    • Growing up in India.
    • Moving to the USA.
      • 9/11
      • Violence and terrorist attacks.
    • Return to India to work in non profits and social entrepreneurship.
    • Starting his own organization. 
      • The Amani Institute in Africa.
    • The global recession in 2008.
    • Transition towards careers of social impact.
    • The global pandemic.
      • Reevaluate: Having a meaningful work and job.

[10:41 – 31:10]  Make a Living or Make a Difference? You Don’t Have to Choose

  • Opportunity mentality vs thread mentality.
    • Diversity, inclusion, equity, etc.
  • Roshan explains what impact means.
    • Careers where the primary intention is trying to make a difference or solve a problem in society.
    • Dichotomy: Doing good or doing well.
    • Social impact practice.
  • How mentality about work is changing
    • Basic needs and social prestige in the past.
    • Making an impact in the world.
      • Ability to contribute.
      • Achieve potential.
  • How much time people want to spend in the office and at home.
    • Move back to offices in a different way.
    • Technology will keep improving to help people in virtual scenarios.               
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[31:11 –  51:40]  How to Become an Innovative Thinker

  • Roshan’s insights about what being an innovator in our lives mean.
  • Superskill that all people can have.
  • Creative-problem solving.
  • Creativity as a set of behaviors and skills that people can put into practice.
    • Ask more questions.
      • Uncover different elements of a problem.
    • Living the problem.
      • Immerse yourself to understand what is going on in a particular situation.
    • Reframing.
      • How you look at the situation and come up with a radically different way of looking at the same thing.
    • Associating.
      • Taking ideas from one area and applying it to another one
    • Finding the flip.
      • Understanding what is the behavior change that technology is going to lead to.
    • Doing is the best way of thinking.
      • Learning truly comes when you do things.

[51:41 – 54:35] Closing Segment

  • Start to do something that helps you learn something new.
  • How to connect with Roshan and his work    
    • Links below 
  • Give a review and rating, and share this episode with others
  • Final announcements

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