Have a look at your fingertips. Look at those very fine lines forming your
fingerprint. They are way different, but they are also pretty similar. They are
different because each line has its own shape. On the other hand, they’re all
arranged in the same distinctive way, they all belong to you and they are all
responsible for making you the person you are.
Every one of us in this world acts as this distinctive line who shapes this planet’s distinctive fingerprint. We are all different, yet we are all very similar.
Enactus arranges these fine lines in a harmonic manner to create the
distinctive fingerprint of our planet. More than 69,000 students from more than
1,710 different universities, located in 36 different countries are working to make
this world a better place for everyone through the entrepreneurial action. They
ignore any differences and they work as teams to create community development
projects, that put people’s own ingenuity and talents for the sake of improving
their livelihoods. They are different, yet they are similar. They work
wholeheartedly, and their passion keeps them moving forward.
Their dream is to be the change, not to merely make a change. Enactus doesn’t
tell people how to act, but instead it allows them to be the action. People aren’t
guided by leaders, because they are the leaders themselves.
Every year, thousands of students from different countries, different cultures
and different lifestyles meet at Enactus World Cup. Regardless of their
differences, they are all going there full of hope and eagerness to present the
work and actions that they took to make better lives for more than 1,177,000
people, who are impacted directly by Enactus’ projects.
Could you imagine those students having a life changing experience and creating
their own impact within themselves and in everyone they know, including their
families, their friends and their relatives!
Enactus has been connecting these fine distinctive lines of different people
since the 70s. At first, it started as SIFE, which stands for Students In Free
Enterprise who were trying to eliminate the huge gap between academic studies
and labor market. It had modest beginnings in Texas, where the National
Leadership Institute’s Robert Davis, a Texas attorney, founded it in 1975.
Each fall, university teams were invited to attend leadership-training programs
where they would learn the principles of free enterprise and develop leadership
skills. They were challenged to go back to their campuses and conduct free
enterprise outreach projects in their communities. In the spring, the teams were
invited to present the outcome of their efforts to judges at regional competitions
who evaluated how well they taught others the working knowledge of the free enterprise system.
During the late 1990’s, SIFE expanded internationally into Albania, Brazil, South
Korea, Ukraine, Russia and Uzbekistan, and in the year 2000, SIFE saw its most
significant growth with new program operations opening in Australia, Belarus,
Botswana, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa and United
In July 2001, SIFE held its inaugural SIFE World Cup competition in London,
England, where National Champion SIFE Teams from 17 countries vied for the
title of SIFE World Cup Champion.
“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your
life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too
much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very
limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact:
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no
smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it. Once you learn
that, you’ll never be the same again.”
- Steve Jobs
In 2012 SIFE was changed to Enactus to truly reflect the spirit of
entrepreneurship and action, which is our purpose. Each and every Enactus
student has been changed from someone who all what he thinks is about the
college, assignments, quizzes, and exams to someone who truly thinks like an
entrepreneur. Enactus tutored them to the way of Marketing, Fundraising,
Budgeting, and Management. Every one in Enactus doesn’t see the world from
the same perspective as before. Thus, they all became entrepreneurs who are
not only able to meet their career goals or change their societies, but alter the
What makes thousands of young students ignore everything they might face and
set it aside? It’s the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s what makes everyone of us see the
opportunity in every problem, see the chance in every failure, see the light in the
complete darkness. Human progress depends on our ability to tap into the
entrepreneurial spirit that lives within each of us and channel the unique talents,
passions and ideas we each possess toward creating a positive change in the
A Leader’s mindset and a heart full of passion, are all what you need to
make a change.