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In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Created: 03/27/20

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davinamw

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In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?


Posted Apr. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurap

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Yes. She looked for economic opportunities, expanded her skilled and adapted them to opportunities which presented themselves ( going from herbalist to henna artist to wedding broker to medical consultant), creating deals as she had the chance. I thought she was quite creative and showed a fair amount of business acumen. Malik was even better, though.


Posted Apr. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
paulak

Join Date: 04/21/11

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

She was definitely an entrepreneur, not only in how she ran her henna business but in her approach to building her home. I loved her relationship with Malik and how she took him under her wing and, despite his young age, how he helped her.


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bestmartin

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

I agree with LauraP. She was very enterprising. Not only in the various “careers” she expanded into but the fact she was building connections with the purpose to facilitate growth and income.


Posted Apr. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
scgirl

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Very definitely, Lakshmi was an entrepreneur. She looked for opportunities within her realm of knowledge and worked them. Through her discussions with her clients she knew who was looking for suitable spouses for their children and took the opportunity to become a marriage broker. She borrowed money and repaid it, she designed her home, she added additional services by selling her herbal concoctions to increase her income.


Posted Apr. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
darylb

Join Date: 06/23/13

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Definitely! She started with just her henna and expanded with her herbal potions. The marriage brokering seemed to be her latest service. She and Malik were quite a team.


Posted Apr. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
TaraM

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Totally, 100% - she showed resilience in the face of setbacks, which is a core trait of successful entrepreneurs.
I was very impressed with her personal strength and her desire to do whatever it took to live a better life. She was always eager to learn and grow, which is an important characteristic for success in almost anything, whether life or business.


Posted Apr. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
melanieb

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. This definition fits Lakshmi’s efforts to create a better life through her work so yes, she is an entrepreneur.


Posted Apr. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
sweeney

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

She saw opportunities and took advantage of them; she was able to pivot when circumstances changed.


Posted Apr. 05, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
karenking

Join Date: 04/15/19

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Absolutely! She built her business from the ground up and utilized every opportunity to better her life.


Posted Apr. 06, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
acstrine

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Lakshmi is definitely an entrepreneur in the truest sense! She created a business based on her skills and talents, made connections, changed/expanded her services depending on the client, and was even willing to move to grow her customer base. She struck me as very level headed. At the same time, she was quite willing to take risks and completely change her course in the very middle of it.


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travelady48

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I really admired her ability to see opportunities for growth and financial strength. She was responsible for the welfare of two other individuals...one who "gave back, nothing but attitude."


Posted Apr. 06, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
djcminor

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Absolutely, Lakshmi is an entrepreneur. She seeks opportunity where it takes her. She has an artistic ability which she has maximized. Her training with her mother-in-law also makes her privy to helping women in need. She sees an opportunity and she takes it.


Posted Apr. 12, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
beverlyj

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Yes, Lakshmi is definitely an entrepreneur.
She knew she needed to make a living, and also wanted to have her independence.
What she thought was learning from her parents, she saw in the city these skills were needed by others.
She always looked for more opportunities and additional services she could provide.
She recognized when she needed additional help and knew how to build loyalty with her employee.


Posted Apr. 14, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cindyb

Join Date: 04/14/20

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

She is definitely an entrepreneur. She developed the skills she needed to be successful. Lakshmi kept track of her supplies, procured customers, kept her finances in order and constantly looked for ways to grow her business.


Posted Apr. 14, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorothyh

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Yes, she started 2 businesses, hired Malik to be her assistant and cultivated new clients.


Posted Apr. 15, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
evelyng

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Yes, Lakshmi was a fantastic entrepreneur in that she developed a sought after skill and cultivated a customer list of followers who were eager for both her charismatic personality and her skillful henna designs. She created her business as she created herself and they were one in the same inseparable.


Posted Apr. 15, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
shirleyp

Join Date: 03/16/14

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Of course, by any definition, but especially in her country at her time. She was courageous in pursuing her career and life dreams, and overcoming obstacles in her path.


Posted Apr. 25, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
beckys

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

I absolutely felt that she was an entrepeneur...she was always adapting to the needs around her, whether it be henna, or herbal medicine, she was always able to find the need and to meet that need within her gifts!


Posted May. 07, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Elizabeth Marie

Join Date: 05/26/18

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

I do believe that Lakshmi is an entrepreneur. She was creative and innovative and relied on herself to respond to unmet needs in the community as a henna artist, as a matchmaker, as a source of information, and finally as a medical consultant. She knew how to use her skills to manage her suppliers and her customers.


Posted May. 12, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
thereser

Join Date: 01/25/20

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RE: In your opinion, could Lakshmi be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Very defititely yes. Laksmi personifies the dictum "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade."


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