How to Become a Social Entrepreneur | Step 6 – Find Professional Supporters
You are churning your wheels making great progress. By this time for me, I was all kinds of things. Unfortunately, none of it was consistent or made sense from a business perspective. From the advice I received, I was told my nonprofit needed to be unique while not looking like my peers. I felt as if I had to create Dream Big on an inhabited island and when I was ready (having my plans laid out), I would have the permission to be invited back to the mainland.
Fortunately, I had a handful of professionals who genuinely cared about me and my cause. When I looked back at my humble beginnings, I was hungry to succeed but I didn’t know the “professional protocols” of business. For example, I invited a few folks to lunch and I didn’t pay for it. I was instructed whoever does the inviting also does the paying. It was a little embarrassing to be told this, but I am grateful they understood my level of business maturity.
To acquire this business acumen takes time, so it would be worth it to obtain these professionals as board members to have in your corner. While you look for a mentor or board member, my suggestion is to start small. Don’t swing for the fences and ask someone you don’t know. Find someone who won’t judge you for your mistakes. Rather, they encourage, educate and empower to keep making mistakes.
Therefore, find a mentor who will always tell you the truth when you don’t want to hear it. These are folks who are adamant on helping you find your success. Even though their advice may burst your ego, they’ll still there to build you up and also willing to help you along your journey. People will always give you advice, but that doesn’t mean they will support you in this path- so be careful.
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