As Simon Sinek says: “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” This quote resonated with me as I recently read an article on social entrepreneurship by Jonathan Lewis titled: “Rescue Yourself before Rescuing Others.” What jumped out from the article was Jonathan quoting an interview he had with the Founder of Shine on Sierra Leone, Tiffany Persons, who commented that when people jump into social entrepreneurship or the non-profit field and experience life from an unhappy and unfulfilled place, they will encounter the same in their endeavor. She states that you have to be able to find happiness in your current place otherwise you won’t find fulfillment in your pursuit of making a difference (that’s me paraphrasing her comments).
I work with a lot of aspiring and up and coming women entrepreneurs who are dedicated to making a difference through their business. I love this work since it feeds my soul mission of making a difference and impacting animal welfare, environmental awareness and women’s empowerment. However, I’ve been quite guilty of what I see a lot with my clients — thinking that my “help work” and seeing ourselves as “saviors” would bring about happiness. Also, after all my years with working with women who desire to become entrepreneurs, mindset is the biggest obstacle. A business isn’t the solution to general unhappiness in life.
What is the solution then? Read more over at Thrive Global.
Also, I’m excited to announce that I decided to create a new mentorship program after hearing so many women needing additional assistance with their business that is doing good in the world. The program is called Impact Makers. Impact Makers is a 6-month group business mentorship program for women social entrepreneurs, social intrapreneurs and for purpose + benefit company leaders. The program kicks off on March 1, 2017.
|What We’ll Cover in Impact Makers:
If you feel called to step up as an Impact Maker, please join the mentorship group. My goal is to help empower you in this role and bring together a community of like-minded women. I’ll be sharing my 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, leadership development, corporate social responsibility and sustainability planning to give you the skillset and mindset to do well by doing good.
For more of an overview, go to: http://www.marionchamberlain.com/impact-makers/