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2010

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Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.

For years, orthodontist Awab Alvi has been an outspoken political activist via his blog, Teeth Maestro. With the onset of disastrous flooding in his native Pakistan this July, Awab traveled to the front lines, delivering food and supplies to flood victims. Though the after effects of the floods have caused personal family tragedy, Awab's fierce love for and faith in his country make him optimistic about the future.

Sokunthea: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes?

Awab: Social entrepreneurs need to understand one thing alone: work for a cause that is close to your heart. When you do it with passion, you can sustain the energy for a longer period of time, and mere stumbling blocks thrown at you don't deter you from the ultimate goal.

My own heartfelt passion is to bring about a positive change in Pakistan. I want us to move away from the hopelessness found at the hands of our inherently corrupt rulers, to a more positive and progressive Pakistan. Once we realize what we can do, I believe nothing will stop us from touching the stars.

Read the rest of Awab's Fellows Friday interview here.

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