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Striving for better
I’m always in awe about the difference social entrepreneurs are making globally.
The new breed of entrepreneurs is so passionate about creating a whole new system, product, service that becomes the “new NEW” for many feeling the despair in society stemming from poor education, health, housing, clothing or in need of economic amelioration or independence.
As strategy guru Roger Martin explains, simply striving for social good or advocating for social justice does not a social entrepreneur make. These leaders—call them disruptors, rebels or changemakers—develop solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place (MaRS News Desk, 2016).
One of the questions I am asked frequently is: how do I become a better social entrepreneur?
Before diving into any response, it’s good to understand the context which allows a person to pitch this question.
T&T Social Entrepreneurs
In T&T, striving for better is critical as we need social entrepreneurs to not just survive, but thrive. In our landscape, there are annual cuts in the national budget for social programmes, non-profit funding is shrinking, and most funders are increasingly demanding to see the ROI on the programmes and projects they fund. Social entrepreneurs are striving but wish to strive for better to really bring about that revolutionary change.
While there are many factors to consider, here are three areas for social entrepreneurs to consider in their quest for striving for better.
1. Find your niche.
In a society where there are many problems and new ones spawning every day, it’s important as a social entrepreneur to understand what you want to solve—find your niche. Remember you cannot solve all the problems as each problem requires human resources, financial resources and time. Dedicate your actions and resources to your niche problem.
2. Use your skills.
Never underestimate yourself. Never doubt that you cannot be successful. Have the self confidence that you have skills that can make your social entrepreneurial venture successful (if at start up) or even more successful (if already established let’s say more than 3-years). You know yourself best; what you are good at. Use that self-knowledge of your skills to understand where you need to seek external support.
3. Never give up.
If you are thinking about giving up because you are experiencing bad days then you need to consider whether you are a social entrepreneur. All successful social entrepreneurs strive and strive embracing the good days and looking forward to the bad days on their journey to make a difference and, most of all, establish the “new NEW.”
They will not stop until their way of doing things becomes the new status quo. Remember, if you fall down, don’t stay down. Get up, learn from your lessons, move on to create positive difference in the lives of others.
While no social entrepreneur is the same, these common areas make you stand out in the top as influential leaders in social change.
Jim Rohn said, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”
Great social entrepreneurs keep striving for better—in their work and in the world.
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