Over the last decade a new type of professional has been born – the young social enterprise professional. We’re not career switchers, or activists, or nonprofit professionals. We’ve grown up in social enterprise. Some of us are founders, but most of us are employees, helping to define our organizations as they define our career.
As a founder . . .
When I landed my first job out of college, I was pumped! My entire life until that moment had been meticulous preparing for my contribution to society. I was so ready to get started!
Now that I’m in my second job out of college (both of which I’ve loved by the way) I look back at all that preparation and feel a little disappointed. I learned . . .
Applying the 80/20 Rule to Purpose & Happiness
Most of us have heard the Pareto Principle or “the 80/20 rule”. Essentially it states that 80% of results are yielded from 20% of efforts. This is used to describe the key efforts driving the majority of results in fields such as economics, business, technology and health. What’s important is not the actual numbers, rather the extreme . . .
I believe it's inspiring and powerful to work toward a purpose greater than ourselves. This purpose should be our life-calling that’s going to motivate us each day and make a difference in the lives of those around us. But where are we supposed to look for this purpose?
When I consider this in my own life, it’s easy for me to get caught . . .
I started writing this blog to develop myself as an expert in digital communications. Even with only a few years of experience, it seemed important to start getting my name, ideas and work out there. I figured if I contributed enough thought leadership material to the space, I'd soon be recognized as an expert in digital communications. . . .
Companies want to convince us that we’re changing the world. That’s the main point of this Wall Street Journal article, “I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling." From travel agencies to accounting firms, the rhetoric is shifting toward how their work is connected to “grand consequences for mankind.” (love that phrase, by the way).
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In a recent post, I discussed the tendency of many college students to wait for a social or environmental cause to find them. I argue that’s not how finding a cause works. We have to get involved in something to become passionate about it. If you read it, you probably came to the following conclusion: Ryan wants me to take action. And that . . .