Critical Mindset of a Social Entrepreneur
There is a lot of buzz these days surrounding the concept of social entrepreneurship and who a social entrepreneur is.
A lot of youth aspire towards this way of life. And a whole lot of them already thread this path.
Thankfully it isn’t rocket science.
You can equally aspire to build or re-frame your mindset to one needed for this role. It doesn’t require special codes & formulars, yet it needs just the right attitude.
If you don’t make it to any world class lists or receive any awards, you can still enjoy fulfilment of a different kind – from creating change & giving unreservedly.
What Idea(s) Do You Have?
To begin with, do you have an idea that is bigger than you alone, and can create much social value while driving an important mission?
Are you passionate enough to focus outside of yourself in order to sustain value at a social level?
Then you could be on track to becoming a social entrepreneur.
Read on for a closer look at the life and distinguishing qualities of a first class citizen who thrived as an entrepreneur on a social mission. You will learn a lot from his life regarding your idea(s) and corresponding motivating factors.
When a Business Revolution is Born
Entrepreneurs are leaders.
They seize opportunities.
They embrace impossibilities.
One man achieved this and more.
He went on to contribute to much bigger and far reaching causes beyond his initial expectations.
The society benefited greatly when he ventured into uncertain waters, with determination & hope his strongest foothold. Many years later, people continue to benefit from his remarkable story and relatable experiences.
This man was mission driven and he took action.
Just as Social Entrepreneurs do when they target ventures with a social impact. They use entrepreneurship principles to solve critical social and economic problems. Thereby fulfilling a social mission and equally improving the quality of thousands of lives – communities and target groups alike.
Wealthy and Jannah (Paradise) Bound
Here is a story of the successful, mission driven entrepreneur.
Now did he simply make it overnight?
His business journey started with the right mindset. His simple request was, ”show me the way to the market”. One request born out of a noble purpose and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Abd Ar-Rahman Ibn ‘Awf (RA) was a true sensation. Super rich in the material sense, exceptional in character and relations with others; and a role model in his approach to worship.
His earnings were utilised mainly for doing good deeds in the society & doing work in the cause of Allah, the Almighty. He used his blessed Halaal fortune for many noble social causes in Madinah.
Uthman Ibn ‘Affan (RA) said regarding his wealth, ‘Abd Ar-Rahman’s money is halaal and pure.
Looking to the model society established by Muhammad (pbuh) in Madinah; its foundation was based on true brotherhood and love for the sake of Allah (swt). Through their mutual concern and love, the social and economic welfare of the society progressed to unlimited heights.
So moving beyond the syndrome of ‘just doing things okay-ish’, how about thinking of the state of your neighbourhood & community at large?
See how you can turn your innovative two cents into a value filled & actionable project.
Seeking Success Beyond the Temporal
Paying attention to what is happening around, seeking opportunities to have a social impact & doing good to others, are all part of the ingredients that drive the social entrepreneur.
For Ibn ‘Awf, his sole aim was not for himself or his family alone but rather the entire Madinah community. He was humble, reflective, modest and had a refined character despite his wealth.
We should seek success in our worldly matters but more importantly for the hereafter.
“But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.” [Q28:77]
Will you strive to become such a successful social entrepreneur?
The one of a kind – an entrepreneur who seeks halaal & spends halaal for the sake of the Ummah; for this world and the next.
Expand your World
Social Entrepreneurship brings a golden opportunity to do good at a high level. It requires discipline, having concern for others & genuine gratitude for the opportunity of using the blessings in one’s life e.g of knowledge, health, wealth, speech etc
You can expand your world today when you expand your mind and thoughts to focus on the social issues around.
Daniel Goleman captures this concept in his book Social Intelligence saying; ”When we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action”.
So strive to be a source of good in the lives of others, let that become your signature. It plays an important part in the preservation of human good; and fulfilling the rights of others.
In short bursts, 1. Seek what is pure & halaal; 2. Spend it for the sake of Allah (swt); 3. And engage your earnings in the betterment of the society.
”Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned. [Q2;245]
Remember Allah is Rich, free of all needs. So your ‘loan‘ is for your own success, an investment with eternal benefits.
Take a Lesson
Do you have a social cause bursting up inside of you?
Do you have an idea you can use to benefit the Ummah at large?
Is your mindset that of an opportunity seeker – taking from this present world for your hereafter; through opportunities glaring at you – for a wider social impact?
Then take a lesson from the life of a Social Entrepreneur.
The one who is on a mission to spend on worthy causes for the sake of Allah (swt);
One who is not sucked into a social venture solely for personal benefits;
One who strives continuously for a purified heart and wealth, from intention to action;
One who desires to assist others & be merciful to them, just as we seek the Mercy of the most Merciful;
One who seeks a means of creating [social] prosperity, promoting social welfare and giving back to the society positively.
Take a lesson or two today, and join the ranks of the change makers.
Turn that innovative idea or opportunity into a vision.
Then take action.
Are you driven by an idea or mission? What action will you take today? Please share in the comments below.