Doing Well By Doing Good

Naomi Enevoldson

Can a business really make a profit while doing something that makes a difference?

For some people the concept of ‘doing well while doing good’ is hard to comprehend. It was for me when I first heard of it! I used to think that the only way you could make a difference was through charity work and volunteering, which were both close to my heart and something I have been actively involved in since I was a child. However, social entrepreneurship, take making a difference and social responsibility to another level!

In my post, Are Charities Becoming More Social Entrepreneurial?, I outline the need for Charity organisations to start thinking out of the box and look for ways to become more self-sustainable. Social entrepreneurship takes the passion and social mission of a non-profit and combines it with the cash-flow and resources of a for profit business.

My journey as a social entrepreneur in just a short time has been incredible! Not only have I been able to change the future of our family and have a lifestyle that I could only have ever dreamed about but through my success over 600 children are now being nourished through our social entrepreneurial program.

In 4 years I have been able to build a 6 figure income, working part-time from home. I have the freedom to work the hours that I want to work and be there for my family. In only 4 years, I had earned three 5 star weekends on the Gold Coast for our family, 5 star trip to Adelaide, a weekend in the Yarra Valley in Vic where we went in a hot air balloon, two trips to the USA for 2, an all-expenses trip to Mauritius for 2, a trip for 2 to Vietnam, A trip to Mexico to visit the orphanages where our business nourishes the children, a trip to Club Med China, a trip for 2 to Tahiti, a Pacific Island Cruise for my family, a trip for 2 to Hawaii and an iPad plus lots of bonuses!! We went from struggling to even pay for the groceries and debt piling up to having plenty of money to do the things we have always wanted like a dream family holiday to the USA last year. I was awarded Top Business Builder in 2012, Top 5 Business Builders, Top National Director and Executive Director in 2013, Top enroller for 2014, Top Snr Executive Director 2015 and new Presidential Director in 2015 . The same strategies I have used to build a successful social entrepreneurial business both online and offline, we now train our team and my team was the fastest growing team in our company.

I am building a team of people who want to join me to help champion the cause of malnutrition while building a substantial income. You can do this part-time around what you are already doing and it can fund your other projects. We are currently responsible for nourishing 600 children through my business but with your help, I think we could nourish 1000’s.

Would you like to do well by doing good?

If you are ready to live the good life

Click here: Impact your world

Email: naomi@imasocialentrepreneur.com

Kids As Social Entrepreneurs?

Kids changing the world… one act at a time.

More and more, kids are wanting to have a positive impact in the world. They are taking action and mobilizing other kids to address problems from infant mortality in developing nations to neighbourhood concerns. They are donating to charities, volunteering to help others and even engaging in social entrepreneurship. They are taking the passion they feel about a cause and undertaking a business-like activity that earns money (or provides other resources) to support that cause.

Alex Scott, for example, was four years old and battling cancer when she started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. After a year, she had raised $2,000. By the time she was eight, she had raised $1 million through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Many kids like Alex are motivated to pursue a social entrepreneurial activity because they’ve been touched by something serious or significant and are moved to take action. They have had a personal experience with the problem. More often than not, though, these children would be hard pressed to pursue social entrepreneurship without the support and guidance of an adult. Continue reading “Kids As Social Entrepreneurs?” »

Teaching Children Empathy

In my previous post, I outlined Ashoka’s new Empathy Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs and the importance of teaching empathy to children.

How do we help children learn the valuable skill of empathy?

1. Model Empathy

The most powerful learning tool for children is modelling these behaviours they see their parents doing. The more we model empathy and are aware of the needs of others, the more likely our children will exhibit similar behaviours. Likewise, we need to be empathetic towards our children and they will see this an model it in their relationships. Continue reading “Teaching Children Empathy” »

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Last year, someone very close to me passed away following a long fight with cancer. After the funeral, I  started to think about what I would like to be remembered for. Would it be that I loved and served God? Would it be that I was a good wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend? Maybe,  it would be that I was a good cook and hospitable. I might be remembered for the charity work I am doing with Empower 4 Life, that I hope will eventually change the lives of hundreds.

Yes, I would like to be remembered for all these things, but I also would like to be remembered for giving the gift of life to hundreds of at-risk, malnourished children all over the world through my social entrepreneurial project. Continue reading “What Will Your Legacy Be?” »

Social Entrepreneurs Are Ordinary People Who Dare To Dream

Remember when you thought anything was possible? Remember when you were a child and you dreamed of big things and big adventures? When did we forget how to dream, why did we settle for less?

Social Entrepreneurs are not extraordinary people…in fact most of them are quite ordinary but they all are big dreamers. Dreams give us hope and pave the way for the future. Social entrepreneurs are passionate about seeing change and see things as they should be, not as they are. They believe anything is possible. It is this belief that makes things happen. Continue reading “Social Entrepreneurs Are Ordinary People Who Dare To Dream” »

The Most Powerful Business Model – Social Entrepreneurship

The Reasons Why We Can’t Ignore Social Entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming the most powerful business model of the 21st century. It is an exciting process by which passionate and ambitious individuals build or transform a business to provide innovative solutions to social problems such as poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, clean air and water, and health care.

The world today is plagued by probably more problems than ever before in history. We face challenges like never before and the “to do” list is enormous and growing. Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new phenomenon that operates in areas where traditional non-profit and government‐based support structures have not been successful. Continue reading “The Most Powerful Business Model – Social Entrepreneurship” »

Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?

The Challenges Social Entrepreneurs Face
The problems that social entrepreneurs face can be similar to the problems their counterparts in the business world face when it comes to the challenges of starting, running and sustaining a business. Before entering a market with a new business idea, a social entrepreneur should have a clear understanding of the problems and issues they may face so that they can make informed decisions. For an entrepreneur, success or failure is mainly determined by the profits the business makes. This applies to social entrepreneurs but they also need to determine success based on the social impact they have.

Motivation has long term effects. Why you do something often determines how and how well you end up doing it. Continue reading “Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?” »

Cultivating Public Compassion

 

Social Entrepreneurs need to be able to tap into Public Compassion for their cause. 

You may have the best solution for a major problem, you may have done all the groundwork to establishing your social entrepreneurial project but unless you are able to harness the public compassion for the cause you will find it very hard to implement change. Your success rests in part on tapping into the public capacity for compassion and strategically contributing to that capacity. As Social Entrepreneurs we need to think about the social environment in which our social entrepreneurship takes place.

Social Entrepreneurship is often about pulling off a complex and challenging social project or program.Today’s problems are so widespread and pervasive that they require public participation in their solutions.

For example, when I talk about the statistics of one child dying every 6 seconds from Malnutrition, I focus on the one child not the statistics. This motivates me to want to be the catalyst for change. What I need to do is connect into the public compassion and help them focus on the one child too otherwise it will just be another statistic for them. Being compassionate, in this case, is not about doing a good or nice thing, it is about life and death. Continue reading “Cultivating Public Compassion” »

Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative For Social Entrepreneurs

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. This is from Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative: “Empathy. We don’t hear the term every day, but Ashoka Fellows over the past thirty years have shown time and again that there is no practice more fundamental to the human experience and no skill closer to the heart of what it means to be a changemaker. Its presence–and as profoundly, its absence–can be seen amongst the myriad challenges that populate our daily headlines, whether school bullying, ethnic conflict, crime, or the global preparedness of tomorrow’s workforce.”

In response to this, Ashoka is launching an initiative aimed a teaching children empathy and changing the way the education system is run by making empathy as much of a priority as Maths or English. They are aiming to equip principals, teachers and parents with the tools and resources they need to effectively grow and develop empathy in children and young people. Continue reading “Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative For Social Entrepreneurs” »

Social Entrepreneurs Have The Key To Happiness

Many people search for happiness, there are websites dedicated to happiness, there is coaching on happiness and there are books and courses on happiness. Millions of dollars are spent in the pursuit of happiness so why is it that so many people still seem unhappy? I often hear people say “I just want to be happy” or “I’m not happy”. We try to find happiness in material possessions, wealth or experiences…”If only I could go on a holiday I would be happy”. The problem with these things is that they can only bring temporary happiness. I believe social entrepreneurs have found the key to happiness.

So what is this illusive thing called happiness and how do we get it? Continue reading “Social Entrepreneurs Have The Key To Happiness” »