Are you a Social Entrepreneur? A letter from Mandala’s CEO

If you love volunteering, traveling and doing business but you are currently grinding the corporate slug or thinking of joining the corporate world, it might be time to re-think your options and become a social entrepreneur.

Personally I love business, I love traveling and I love volunteering! and I’m happy to say that I get to do all three on a daily basis, heck I’m writing this post in Mumbai, India where a few days ago I was in Hong Kong pitching Mandala Group and at the start of the week I was with our team in Shanghai getting ready to launch Mandala in China!

Most people tell me that I am lucky when I explain to them that I get to do the 3 things I love and that I am following my Dream. Honestly, I’m not sure I believe that I’m lucky, I think it’s quite simple (it must be, because I did it)

My 5 cents — write down the 3 things you love to do the most in the world, combine the 3 and at the intersection you have your passion. (For bonus love, write your 3 in the comments)

I guess what really differentiates those that chase their dreams and those that let the curtains close is self confidence, like are you literally willing to go against society / friends / family if needed and say “I’m doing this” and not worry about the little comments of concern that seems to always follow when a person pursues their dreams. I think The Alchemist sums this up perfectly — The shepherd boy had the courage, do you?

For me, truth be told I am actually very lucky, I have amazing parents and a support system that has given me far too much self esteem, that courage is neither lacking nor is support missing.


So: “Are you a Social Entrepreneur?”

It’s a good question, and I mean it in more of a rhetorical sense, in a philosophical sense!

It’s quite likely that right now you’re not a practitioner, but it doesn’t mean that deep down inside that you’re not, and it definitely does not mean that you can’t be.

In my opinion if the answer to these there questions are yes, then you may need to do some soul searching!

  1. Do you have a passion for helping others?
  2. Do you wish to travel the world to off beaten places?
  3. Do you want to do business across the globe and profit from your efforts?

I asked myself, I said yes to all three, I said goodbye to finance and hello to Mandala Group.

Now being a social entrepreneur isn’t easy, you have to find sustainable ways to end poverty, work with partners around the globe and keep investors happy BUT for me it’s a hell of a lot easier and way more fulfilling than the corporate grind. (This is not to say the corporate life isn’t right or wrong in general but if the three things most important to you are helping people, traveling and doing business, then it probably isn’t the best choice for you!)

To finish I want to pose a simple question. What level do you want to live on? I’m aiming for level 5, fairly sure a Ferrari will only get me to level 2!

If you’re curious and want to learn more about how you can get a taste of being a social entrepreneur, email me at callum@mandalagroup.org and I will share with you the exciting and highly flexible opportunities we have at Mandala, where you can get those toes of yours wet before taking the big dive.

Cheers for reading!

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