Is Social Entrepreneurship for You?
Some job-seekers chose the conventional path. Others, take the lane less loaded with “traffic.” I believe, every job seeker must ask themselves this question: Should I take the lane less loaded or the lane fully crowded?
Today, I want you to consider another lane, a lane less loaded with traffic. Aren’t you tired of that heavily loaded lane on which everyone is traveling bumper to bumper? How about trying a lane that potentially needs your unique skills and ideas?
There lane is called social entrepreneurship. It is a lane few want to take, but I can tell you, you can make a name for yourself on this lane; employed and serving your community. How cool would that be?
There are lots of social problems that you can solve as a social entrepreneur. Problems like malnutrition, obesity in children, high cost of medicines, high school dropout, lending to to minorities, teenage drunk driving, drugs and so on.
Bangladeshi American Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst did not lack a job. He became a social entrepreneur to use videos to re-invent education. It started like child ‘s play; helping his cousins learn math problems via youtube videos.
All he wanted to do was to help his cousins with math problems. It became very popular and over time, he left his job to start a new job with a social dimension. A lot of young people loved the idea because with videos, you can play videos until you get it.
The interest from his relatives evolved. Other children loved using the videos and it dawn on him that this could be a new way of teaching. Instead of always having teachers on hand, we can have lessons recorded for students to play and replay.
Nobel laureate, Mohamad Yunus of the Grameen Bank changed banking by lending to the poor. David Brower changed the future of environmental protection by expanding the Sierra Club to champion a world free of environmental destruction.
Bill Drayton, chair and founder of Ashoka, once said: “Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”
What skills do you have? What ideas do you have that you can use to solve existing social problems? Your ideas can solve a social problem, and you could end up becoming employed and yes, famous for solving a problem, many could not solve.