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.
A social entrepreneur is someone who is driven by a social mission, a desire to find innovative ways to solve social problems. They are creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and make the world a better place.
David Bornstein specialises in writing about social innovation. He is the author of “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas”. This is what he had to say about social entrepreneurs: “Researching this book has taught me that ordinary people have far more capacity and potential than they ever know or use. Many of the people I have interviewed who have done remarkable things are far from ‘extraordinary.’ The main quality they share is a belief that they can make a difference. They are not without self-doubts and they are not geniuses. But they have initiative, they listen to their instincts and they take action. Above all, they begin. I suspect that there are millions of people out there who could bring important changes to their corners of the world–and who would find great fulfillment doing so.”
We will find times in our lives when opportunities come along to make an impact in the world, to make a difference, to bring change. It is what we do with these opportunities that will determine the legacy we leave and the mark we make on the world.