Are Social Entrepreneurs The Most Successful People In The World?

Submitted by: Justin Hayslett

I have visited education courses, read books, and spoken to numerous successful people. Most, if not all, point to one of the same ingredients in their great success: Purpose. The reason behind what you do. If you do not have it you probably won’t succeed;

ut if you do, the skies the limit. In this article I want to explain why social entrepreneurs who are working to build social businesses should be the most successful in the earth.

Gary Keller, founder of Keller Williams Realty, says it perfectly:

” … A Big Why brings big focus and big energy, and a little why brings little focus and little energy. HIGH ACHIEVERS ALWAYS HAVE A BIG WHY” (p. 73).

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The astounding book, E-Myth, by small business guru Michael Gerber says it like this,

“Your Primary Aim is your innermost driving force. It gives you a sense of direction and purpose. It motivates you to your highest levels of energy, and puts you at your best” (Chpt. 12).

With that said …

Don’t social entrepreneurs have the Greatest desire of all? Don’t they have the most needed reason behind what they are doing? Then doesn’t it stand to reason that social entrepreneurs, as they are giving their lives to solve the world’s predicaments, should be the most driven, vigorous, vital, committed and extraordinary people on the face of the world?

One lesson I learned early in my business work was that money is not a good reason to keep going. Since setting in motion my enterprise Ethic Travel, which focuses on using a segment of our profits to help assemble homes for those in need, and now launching Impact Through Business, I have NEVER had this much vital energy and passion. I’m up at 4:30 a.m most mornings, and work till late into the evening many nights; all to do it again the next day. And what’s more, I am thoroughly relishing it. I can see the impact that our business can have on individuals lives. I put a picture of a boy in atrocious poverty up on my wall. When I do get down or feeling lethargic, as we all do at times, I take a long look and let it refocus my purpose. It’s an utter impossibility to stare at this, let it sink it, and not have burst of motivation surge through me. This is what I am working for in Ethic Travel. To see quality homes built for people like this, to give them a healthy stable environment so that, in turn, they can begin to build their lives.

What drives you?

If you want to arrive at your potential think about the big picture. What do you want your life to be about? What do you want the chronicle of your life to be? I truly believe that pursuing social entrepreneurship should be the most successful in the world; they have the biggest why.

Not only will a big why motivate you to success, it will satisfy you once you get there. If all you are pursuing is money alone, you will be sadly disappointed and unfulfilled once you get some. True success is being fulfilled, and that cannot come by pursuing money alone.

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