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?” »

What Can We Learn From Successful Social Entrepreneurial Movements?

The Skills And Knowledge We Can Gain Through Connecting With Social Entrepreneurial Organisations.

In my previous post, Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?, I wrote about some of the challenges that we will face as social entrepreneurs and made the recommendation that if you are not sure about starting a social enterprise or you would like to learn some more skills, then the best thing is to join an already established social entrepreneurial project. I am going to expand on what we can learn and the skills we can gain from teaming with social entrepreneurial organisations.

When answering the question of “Where should social entrepreneurs begin?”, David Bornstein, the author of  “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas”  had this to say: ” Before starting out on their own, they often work in jobs that teach them how a particular type of business or industry operates. They usually work for several years in a particular field, profession or organization, acquiring the knowledge, skills and contacts that enable them to branch out on their own.” Continue reading “What Can We Learn From Successful Social Entrepreneurial Movements?” »

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” »

The Go-Giver Law 5: The Law Of Receptivity

Doing this series on “The Go-Giver” has been an amazing experience because it has cemented the laws deep into me. I had read the book twice before doing this series but it wasn’t until I started to apply the laws and consciously work out how they applied to my life, that I began to see the impact they would have both in my business and personal life. Some of the laws came easy, because I was already implementing them to some degree and others were not as easy.

That brings me to the last law and I realised, by far, the most difficult for me to apply. This was one of those light bulb moments for me! Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 5: The Law Of Receptivity” »

The Go-Giver Law 4: The Law Of Authenticity

“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”
Lance Secretan

The Law Of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself

For social entrepreneurs, authenticity brings the greatest change and action. It is about connecting your head and your heart to do something that you are passionate about and when you do that, you will be successful and live a life of significance.

By head, I mean the thinking side, your abilities and skills and by heart, I mean your emotions, what moves you, what produces a strong reaction.When you can align your head with your heart, you will find your authentic self and work with purpose and fulfillment. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 4: The Law Of Authenticity” »

The Go-Giver Law 3: The Law Of Influence

There are so many posts and so-called gurus on attraction marketing but I think they are missing the fundamental principle of what makes people attractive. Think about what kind of people are you attracted to? What type of people seem to be magnetic? It isn’t about little tricks or strategies. The type of people we are attracted to are givers!! This is what the law of influence is all about.

The Law Of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interest first. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 3: The Law Of Influence” »

The Go-Giver Law 1:The Law Of Value

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” »

Social Entrepreneurs Becoming Great Leaders

What makes people want to follow a leader?

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” »

Change Your Life. Change The World.

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.” »

Is It Time To Fill Up Your Tank?

My #1  piece of advice for social entrepreneurs (or anyone for that matter) is don’t let your tank run on empty.

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?” »