Napoleon Hill, an American speaker and motivational writer, once wrote that “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

As we come to the conclusion of our Social Entrepreneurship course and view the challenges that lie ahead, it is easy to become discouraged and think that running a social entrepreneurship is too much for people as young and inexperienced as us to handle.

The truth is that many challenges, both foreseen and unforeseen, will arise. We will each struggle at the inception of our program, whether for financial reasons, marketing reasons, logistical reasons, or a mixture of each. We will find our ventures to be much more difficult than we initially realized and we will be forced to put in extra effort at times that we are in dire need of a break.

Now for the good news—all successful social entrepreneurships began this way. Those that lasted were led by individuals who focused on the purpose behind their work and believed in what they were doing. They ignored the many parking places on the road to success and used their strong will to continue persevering.

Successful social entrepreneurs are not always the quickest to their feet. It took Muhammad Yunus thirty years to receive recognition after developing the concept of micro-loans in 1975. As the cliché goes, social entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Those who keep running are those who make an impact on the world. In order to have such strong perseverance, one must have strong faith and belief in what he or she is doing.

As we now go our separate ways, it is my hope that each of us is a firm believer in the purpose behind our work. The strength of this belief will determine whether or not we are successful in making a difference in the world.

I leave you with this quote from an anonymous source, “If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t. Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster person; but the one who wins is the one who thinks he or she can.”