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” »
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” »
“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.”
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 second law, I believe, is very applicable for social entrepreneurs because it gives us the principle to help us position our social entrepreneurship to be more sustainable and have the greatest impact.
In my post, The Go-Giver Law 1: The Law Of Compensation, I used the example from my business intentionally rather than from the Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations I have been involved with. As social entrepreneurs, you most likely “give more in value than you take in payment” as part of a way of life. Social Entrepreneurs tend to be givers instinctively and have a strong sense of social responsibility, empathy and compassion. It is these three traits that move us into action to see change but it is the next law that will help us bring change on a bigger scale and be financially rewarded in the process.
The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 2: The Law Of Compensation” »
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” »
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” »
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.” »
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?” »
Social Entrepreneurs are changing the minds of people all over the world.
In describing the causes of poverty, Muhammad Yunus
, founder of the Grameen Bank, has often compared a poor person to a bonsai tree. The seed of a bonsai has the potential to grow into a full-size tree, but, planted in a tiny pot, its growth is stunted. To Yunus, a person deprived of education or opportunity is like a bonsai. Continue reading “Mindset Shift” »