I wanted to do a special podcast on creating Dream Big Community Center, because it's who I am. Many of contributed to the cause, but none have sacrificed like myself. Creating Dream Big was a culmination effort of my blood, sweat, tears, and others believing in me. It wasn't easy, but I have no regrets.
As a Social Entrepreneur, I'm grateful for all the people who saw the vision God gave me and supported me 100%. Creating Dream Big Community Center was one of my best inventions, because the gift keeps giving. You too will create or develop a cause that will be the same. And yes, there will be more bad days than good- but I promise you'll have no regrets if you're following your heart!
In the meantime, Dream Big and Godspeed.
One of the biggest unspoken lessons was taking the advice from academia, and applying it to reality. Learning how to navigate between the academia to realization can be quite hard as a Social Entrepreneur. I believe it to be true more than ever. There's so much support in these learning environments, but doesn't translate too much unless you join an organization and/or network group.
Typically, nonprofit groups are created in nurturing test labs without the needed support. When created in these sorts of environments, monies are provided to continue that research or activities to add value to those within the institution. That same model doesn't work in a free-market reality. This isn't saying the group doesn't provide value, but more than likely it could be a replica of another agency.
As a founder, I've been fortunate to have experiences in both institutional groups and free-market groups. Founders are passionate, but sometimes they're (including me) fueled not with all the right fuel. For example, academias run on grant and tuition funds while 'realization' runs on donations and sponsors. Those are completely different operational infrastructures.
Depending on which way you're going, I'm going to give some tips that helped me. There are (5) tips that will help you navigate these waters of academia vs. realization. If you're transitioning to academia to realization, this is for you.
We all want to make a difference as Social Entrepreneurs. Sometimes we sacrifice money, fame and/or glory for impact. Or, maybe not. I could be wrong. I know my struggle has been different and difficult, but it's also been real. There are others who I'm sure have faced the same adversity. After many heartbreaking defeats and rejections, I had to find the social entrepreneur within me.