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The Qualities of a Successful Social Entrepreneur

Some of society’s most pressing problems can be solved through the innovative solutions that can come from the mind of a successful social entrepreneur. But what is it that makes that mind tick?

What are the qualities that can make a social entrepreneur truly successful?

Although most people know about entrepreneurs, they seem to have a small problem understanding the idea behind social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs are people with ideas for businesses and innovating solutions to the major problems that strike society on a daily basis.

These self-funding, for-profit businesses also have a mission to tackle global issues such as alleviating hunger, improving education, and combatting climate change.
~ Source: MeiMei Fox (2016, August 8) Forbes

To become a truly successful social entrepreneur, one needs to be able to understand society and its problems. Finding solutions to solve these problems can come after hard work and devotion. And of course, there are some qualities that can make things a lot easier for any aspiring social entrepreneur. If you have the following qualities you are on the right path to be a truly successful social entrepreneur:

  1. Be Innovative

Although there are people out there who believe that there is no room for new ideas nowadays, we can guarantee that there is always room for improvement. You can find truly innovating ideas if you are persistent, even when things seem to be stale.

  1. Stay True to Your Ideas

Even if an idea might seem like it is not going to work. Even if an idea might seem abundant in the beginning. Do not abandon that idea. Work on it. Try to see every aspect of it. There is innovation somewhere in there. You just need to find it.

  1. Let the Energy Flow

Work creates energy. If you feel like you are slowing down, that is when you have to push harder. You are in the zone. This is the time to be more energetic than ever. Work on your idea and make it perfect.

  1. Find your True Inspiration Source

You don’t need inspiration. You need the right inspiration. Keep looking for it even in the middle of your project. When you find your true inspiration source, ideas will come pouring in. Then you will be able to truly commit yourselves to your idea.

  1. Be a Good Collaborator

Social entrepreneurship is all about working for the good of everyone. What better way to achieve that other than being a good collaborator. Support your work and the work of your partners. Help spread the word and let the world know what you are doing for the society.

  1. Be Positive about the Future

There will come a time when you will feel like your efforts are for nothing. You will feel like you are failing in your vision of the future. Change that way of thinking. You need to be positive about your vision and the future. Positive way of thinking can lead to success. Negative way of thinking will bring you down. Which one do you want?

These six qualities are the pillars of a successful social entrepreneurship career. Some come naturally and some can be acquired through hard work. Do not be afraid to work on you vision. If you, as a social entrepreneur, believe in a bright future for the society then that future is bound to come.


Katerina Pouspourika
SEO Expert / Copywriter