June 9, 2015

How to Become a Social Entrepreneur | Step 5 – Start Library

by nathanwebster in Social Entrepreneur

How to Become a Social Entrepreneur | Step 5 – Start Library

Notice that I stated “Start Library” not “Start a Library” for this step. The second quotation alludes to only focusing on your topic or concentration. To “Start Library” is when you focus on whatever is documented to help your professional efforts to accomplish your goals. As a Social Entrepreneur, I don’t believe there’s a discipline that you can’t or won’t learn from.

Your library will be an enormous asset to your craft. Reading all types of books, magazines, articles, and periodicals will stretch your perspective of reality and your imagination of what could be. You are your teacher or professional development leader. Every piece of information that feeds your passion is an asset to your library.

One of my first and most useful books is The Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations, by Judith Sharken Simon. I’ve used that book at least 6-8 times a year for the last 8 years. And then I have books I bought and have only used once. I may refer back to them once or twice a year- but I still use them.

Therefore, build your library as a toolbox adding variety of literature to further your development. As a Social Entrepreneur, don’t discriminate because of the business category. Add the tools/books that will sharpen your skill sets, increase your knowledge, improve your strengths, and bring your passion the validity you seek.

REMEMBER – To learn how to become a Social Entrepreneur, be careful of the advice you
receive. Make sure it’s uplifting, empowering and constructive. If you stay focused on the
results, you’ll accomplish the goals you set for yourself and/or your cause.

I write this because my business is personal. My struggles are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA