Over the next week, I will be doing a series on The Five Laws Of Stratospheric Success from the bestselling book, The Go-Giver. This will continue from Part 1: The Secret To Success Is Giving. I believe that if we intentionally apply these laws to our social entrepreneurship, we can create a culture of success based on giving, excellence and serving and in doing this we will thrive in our business. In the book, Pindar tells Joe ” All the great fortunes in the world have been created by men and women who had a greater passion for what they were giving – their product, service or idea – than what they were getting”. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 1:The Law Of Value” »
As social entrepreneurs, we need to use business strategies to develop our social entrepreneurship and make it more sustainable, but with so many books and articles on success it can be very overwhelming! The problem is that a lot of them focus on getting rather than giving so we must ensure that we find principles that align with our values and empower us to develop a successful social entrepreneurship within a framework of serving and giving.
We have all heard someone being described as a “go-getter.” It conjures up the thought of a successful and determined person who will stop at nothing to get to the top. I have just finished reading an excellent book called “The Go-Giver, A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea” by Bob Burg and John David Mann. Continue reading “The Secret To Success Is Giving” »
The only way we are going to develop and grow as social entrepreneurs is to break out of our comfort zones. This involves pushing our limits and doing things that we normally would not do or are not normally in our ability to do. We may have high and lofty ideals to change the world but unless we are ready to push past the anxiety and fear into moving into the unknown, we will have little success as social entrepreneurs. Breaking out of our comfort zone will take great courage and persistence because it will be a disconcerting experience. Continue reading “Kicking Yourself Out Of Your Comfort Zone” »
Becoming a social entrepreneur requires more than a deep desire to see change and challenge the status quo, it also requires strong leadership. As leaders we must be able to inspire, guide and develop others in order to run a successful social entrepreneurship.
There is significant evidence to indicate that leadership can affect the success or failure of an organisation, particularly for small to medium organisations. So it is important that we continually look for ways we can grow and learn. Leadership skills and techniques can be learned, very few people are natural leaders. So be committed to learn and develop leadership skills and qualities. Continue reading “Social Entrepreneurs Becoming Great Leaders” »
Social Entrepreneurs need to question the status-quo and be the agents for change in the world, but change is not always easy. Often as social entrepreneurs, we can focus on the change we want to see in the world but I think the first place we need to start is the change we want to see in ourselves. “You must be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi. As we learn to be more introspective and make the necessary changes in our lives, it will give us the skills and abilities to bring change to the world.
Most people know the changes in their life that would make the most difference but often these changes sit on their ‘to do’ list. Almost all change requires us to give and take. Often, the hardest part of change is not the change itself but what people must give up, the sacrifices we have to make for the better. Continue reading “Change Your Life. Change The World.” »
I remember many years ago, not long after I started driving, running out of petrol in my car. My car came to a stop, late at night, only 200 metres from a service station. The problem was, I had ignored the warning signals for too long. It was a hard lesson to learn but I have never run out of petrol again!
Did you know that our emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual tanks can get empty too? If you are a social entrepreneur or someone who gives out to others, you may find you get little warning signs that your tank is getting empty because you are pouring out to others from your tank. Continue reading “Is It Time To Fill Up Your Tank?” »
Social Entrepreneurs are changing the minds of people all over the world.
Take On the World’s Biggest Problems
Social entrepreneurs identify major social problems and so, as such, need to find creative solutions and generate new ideas. The bigger the problem, the more motivated they become. Social entrepreneurship becomes necessary when objectors find that appropriate governmental, private-sector, or nonprofit organisations for solving the problem don’t exist or are inadequate for the job. Continue reading “Keys To A Successful Social Entrepreneurship” »
Many Social Entrepreneurs start off with innovative solutions but are unable to see their ideas come into fruition due to the lack of start-up funding. Funding is without a doubt the biggest challenge facing social entrepreneurs and many social enterprises are underfunded and subsequently their self-sustainability and social impact are restricted.
It is important to look at creative funding solutions and social entrepreneurs are getting more resourceful in the way that they are going after funding. Social enterprises cannot expect to be carried by one source of funding anymore, and need to look at different ways of blending capital to create the largest social impact. Continue reading “Great Idea But What About Funding?” »
1. Identify the problem
Firstly you need to identify and name the problem so that you can find an appropriate solution. For Social Entrepreneurs, this can be a difficult step because there are so many problems in the world but we must be able to focus and pinpoint the problem that we are passionate about finding a solution to. For me, I had to think about what my purpose in life was and my passions. This took me back to school when I was greatly impacted by our unit on poverty and malnutrition. Continue reading “Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 2” »