“I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”Stephen Grellet, 1773-1855
I like to observe and analyse people.
Observing People. Observing Yourself.
Observing how other people tick helps us to understand how we ourselves tick.
Heck, I’m a human being myself, and I even like to try and figure myself out. The more I understand myself, the more I understand other people too.
What Motivates Social Entrepreneurs to Want to Do Good?
Social entrepreneurs tend to premise their business operations on a mission to not only make profit, but to make a positive difference in the lives of other people too.
Why do social entrepreneurs do it?
Why would a social entrepreneur want to focus their energies onto making a difference and changing the world?
The Human Need to Contribute
I consider myself to be a philosopher in some respects, but an active philosopher in the sense that I like to take concerted actions with the conclusions that I make from philosophizing.
I’ve read a number of books about philosophy, psychology and our emotional behaviour. I’ve concluded that one of the deepest needs of all human beings, myself included, is to contribute.
“Feeling like you’re contributing to something greater than yourself” is a deep yearning for all of us.
With my own purpose in life, I feel a deep sense that through contributing to others, I have meaning in my life.
I feel more happy and fulfilled when I feel that I am contributing to make the world a better place. I’m sure other people, including you, feel like this too.
Social Entrepreneurship as a Means to Contribute
With the diversity of personalities and the gift of free will, however, we see in the world that a variety of people feel a sense of contribution in different ways.
For social entrepreneurs, “contributing to others” is expressed through creating and building an organizational entity that serves the greater good.
How do you express your human need to contribute?