Make a Difference… You hear it all the time. Have you ever had that feeling like you were meant for something bigger than what you can imagine? You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to heed the call, to solve the world’s biggest challenges, and be an agent of change. Each one of us, at one point in our lives, is called to stand up and lead; only a few have answered.
The Big Question: How Can You Really Tell If You Have What It Takes to Rock the Boat?
You may have been singing to the tunes of Eric Clapton’s famous song ‘Change the World’… if only you could. The idea is there. You want to do something better than good. But, you’re doubting if you can ever pull it off. Maybe, at one point, you shared your out-of-the-box idea to a friend and got mocked for it. Or, you have so much failures and rejections that getting another one on something that feels so good can really go bad this time. Whatever the reason why you’re holding back, here are some telltale signs that you should stick to your purpose no matter the odds:
- You are NEVER content
The very thin line that differentiate you from small business owners is that you are not happy with the way things are, even if you’re making a profit already. You want to have more meaning to what you do and you will feel much more rewarded if it’s having an impact on others.
- People can BARELY keep up with you
Yes, sometimes you even hear them complain about it. You are just too quick. You like to do a lot of things, or even invent it. You invest in technical learning and you’re always on the lookout for the next big thing. Everyday is a new discovery for you as your passion drives you to seek out opportunities, rather than those which are for pure money-making.
- You DRIVE everyone, and even yourself, nuts!
Have you ever checked yourself in the mirror lately? In your quest to finding that ultimate solution, you often forget the simplest of things. While this can be frustrating and unhealthy to you and those around you, when you have that itch you can’t resist – you simply can’t stop. On a positive note, your energy and enthusiasm may be a magnet for the right people to join you in your journey.
If you have one or all of these signs, then I welcome you to the club, of those who want to make profit that benefits the society as well. You have come so far in picking the cause for your business. Whether you’re aiming to help fight modern-day slavery or create programs to alleviate poverty – becoming successful in your field takes more than just the Benjamins. You will need focus, inspiration, persistence, leadership, creativity, inspiration, and an undying enthusiasm for what you’re trying to achieve.
How to Get Started as a ChangE-ntrepeneur
Think about it as a business with a heart; it is not any different from how you would start a business. Whether you want to run a separate non-profit organization, or have a certain area of your business dedicated into making contributions for the social good, keep in mind to:
- Think ZEN
It helps to have a clear understanding of the need you wish to address so you can create a well-structured plan in reaching that need. This will help you create a better product or service. When nothing distracts you from your mission, you’re better set to the task at hand.
- Build Your TRIBE
No man is an island, the adage goes. The only way you can affect change is to be good at networking with people. You can’t do this journey by yourself. You will need help in spreading the word fast and in the process, bring about a positive effect to humanity in thousands to millions.
- Be MEMORABLE
Last time, I’ve shared with you tips on how you can craft a brand story that catches people’s attention. There is a reason for that. The most successful campaigns of all time have one thing in common: They cannot be ignored. They have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audience, and connected in a deeper way that enabled them to stay relevant even over the years. If you want to be heard, you have to step up and create a cause that’s louder than the noise all around.
This may be the shortest post I’ve ever written, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow entrepreneurs in Cleveland for inspiring me to continue on with my quest for change:
Your Challenge: Have You Made A Difference Lately? Please feel free to share your story in the comments; love to hear back 😉