One of the great things about this profession is that anyone can become a social entrepreneur. The other benefit is that there is not only one path to starting a social entrepreneurial business. As Bornstein suggests in “How to Change the World” there are certain qualities that a social entrepreneur must attain or work towards. Qualities such as “listening,” “paying attention to the exception,” “designing real solutions for real people,” etc. All that we have talked about in class on Bornstein really begins to turn the wheels for progress. It causes us to begin thinking like social business leaders instead of simply kids with ambition, but outlandish goals.
The worksheets that are provided by Sherman, somewhat simplify the process of becoming a social entrepreneur, and sometimes simplicity leads to a clearer picture with greater focus. It does help create a backbone for the monster of an idea that is waiting to come out.
Another important piece of the puzzle to becoming a successful entrepreneur is having a community around you that is willing to push you. Like we did in this social entrepreneurship class, it’s important to put yourself in the hot seat and be faced with those difficult questions. If you can’t answer them then all you have is something to work on. The community that you have around you should not be a negative one, instead it should be a positive environment that is there only to provide encouragement and new ideas.
My idea to revolutionize health education is one helluva risk, but I wouldn’t be taking it if I didn’t have faith in it. Social entrepreneurs are inherent risk takers, but we’re not stupid. When it comes to creating a business you must have a plan, and I don’t plan to take this entire process casually. I hope to polish everything to the finest detail so that it runs like a bullet train.
Continuing the metaphor, in order for it to go as fast as it does, it’s important that each part works together flawlessly. Similarly, it’s important to have good communication among collaborators and investors. If every one is aware of what’s going on then no one will be left behind.
Social entrepreneurship is a struggle, a great time commitment, and a huge risk, but with the right attitude, a sound plan, and a strong cohort of collaborators anything can be possible.