Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gidget Giardino - Taking Control: Making A Difference by Gidget Giardino

Gidget Giardino - Taking Control: Making A Difference by Gidget Giardino: "Part 3 in a Series on Becoming a Philanthropreneur, also known as Social Entrepreneur or Social Good Becoming A Social Entrepreneur an..."

Making A Difference by Gidget Giardino

Part 3 in a Series on Becoming a Philanthropreneur, 
also known as Social Entrepreneur or Social Good
Becoming A Social Entrepreneur and Making A Difference
  • Is your life lead by you or by others?
  • Do you want to make a positive difference in the world? 
  • Are you inspired to create change?
All these questions are important ones. If you do not know how to take control of your life and make the changes necessary to become a Social Entrepreneur then you're in luck. Because that is what I am going to share with you. Exciting, huh? Well, maybe you're not as excited as I am (yet) because you have not seen the BIG picture.  Let me help you visualize your new life. 

The Ultimate Pay It Forward Project
You've probably seen the movie Pay It Forward with Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. In this epic movie a young boy is presented by his teacher a class assignment of finding a way to make a positive difference in the world. His assignment is taken to a whole new level when he makes the decision to put his project into action instead of just putting it on paper and getting a grade. His plan is to help three people get or do something they cannot get or do for themselves and in turn these three must go out and "Pay It Forward," that is, they must each help three other people without expecting anything in return. And this cycle is to be repeated over and over again. The beauty of the project is not only how many people receive a special unsolicited gift, the beauty is the rewarding feeling of the giver and the number of how many people are positively affected by "Paying It Forward." The idea of doing so much Social Good is magical. Imagine the possibilities and take action!

That is what we do on a grand scale, with an added twist. That twist is both the giver and the receiver are rewarded AND there is an added element of giving which makes this the Ultimate Pay It Forward Project. 

How Does It Work?  

Step One: Decide you want to make a positive change in the world one person at a time by making a commitment to feed children who are literally starving to death and desperately need your help. 

Step Two: Make a second commitment to share this project with lots of people and have at least 3 people join with you on this major project of Social Good within the next 30 days. 

Step Three: Continue to share this project with others and be sure your Pay It Forward numbers are at least progressing by three. For example, you get three people to join you this month and those three get three to join them in the next 30 days, and so on and so forth. 

Everyone involved receives a reward based on their individual participation level. The key to the entire project is ACTION. Without action there is no project and children continue to die by the thousands. 

Becoming a Social Entrepreneur for Social Good is not only something to be proud of .... it is a necessary first step to wiping out world hunger. Join this worthy cause today and become a Social Entrepreneur. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR Part 2; Do Well While Doing Good by Gidget Giardino

Part 2 in a Series on becoming a Philanthropreneur, 
also known as Social Good or Social Entrepreneur.

"Becoming a Social Entrepreneur means you choose to devote your time and effort to ultimately benefit others in the world at large while producing an income."

There are various ways in which to be successful as a Social Entrepreneur doing Social Good. The vehicle I have chosen to share with you is the Meal Pack Project. This is the first step out of starvation for those suffering from severe malnutrition.

WHY CHOOSE THIS PROJECT: According to the World Health Organization there are some 900 million people globally at the level of starvation. UNICEF states over 24,000 children under the age of five die every day mainly from preventable causes. That's about one death every three seconds.

To date our project has fed over 3 million meals to children and expectant mothers. Choose this project because:  Where You Live Should Not Determine IF You Live.

WHY CHOOSE TO BE A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR: A shift in how we create income is increasingly more important these days as the job market has slimmed and unemployment has risen. This business venture promises economic gain while creating positive changes in the world.

  • Choose to make a difference in the world. 
  • Choose to earn money while doing Social Good. 
  • Choose to be a Social Entrepreneur. 

In case you missed the first blog post, the definition of a "philanthropist" is: 
"Someone who devotes his or her time, money, or effort towards the benefit of others and the world." 
The definition is usually followed with "Most often applied to someone who gives large amounts to charity". 
A philanthropist's usual route is to spend time amassing a fortune and in the autumn of their life, give it all away. 

The time has come for a new kind of philanthropist, the "Philanthropreneur". The Philanthropreneur "dedicates their time" and "entrepreneurial activity" to helping others in the world while helping themselves by creating an income stream. 

In a way a philanthropreneur cuts out the middleman. They create wealth directly for good causes every day, and that money starts working its magic immediately. Many the world's most effective businessmen and women have taken hold of this concept. If we join together today, we will start to see some astounding changes in our world tomorrow. 

Send me an e-mail for more information on how you can get involved and Help Others while Helping Yourself.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Become a Philanthropreneur by Gidget Giardino

Philanthropreneur -
People creating positive changes in the world through a business venture that promises economic gain.

Imagine being part of something bigger than you, something that will change the world. 

Forget what you know about traditional business. This is a paradigm shift in thinking that requires you to have an open mind along with a willingness to learn something new.  Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and many others including former president Bill Clinton, believe we must look to ourselves, and not the government, in order to fight against poverty and build a sustainable economic future. 

A new approach to solving social problems is needed. This new approach is Venture Philanthropy, also know as Philanthrocapitalism. 

Venture philanthropy is characterized by:
  • Willingness to experiment and "try new approaches".
  • Focus on measurable results: donors and grantees assess progress based on mutually determined benchmarks.
  • Readiness to shift funds between organizations and goals based on tracking those measurable results.
  • Giving financial, intellectual, and human capital.
  • Funding on a multi-year basis - typically a minimum of 3 years, on average 5-7 years.
  • Focus on capacity building, instead of programs or general operating expenses.
  • High involvement by donors with their grantees. For example, some donors will take positions on the boards of the non-profits they fund.
Source - Wikipedia

So, here is what we know; Our economy is in crisis, government is "trying" to come up with solutions, people from all walks of life are loosing their jobs, there aren't enough jobs to go around, there is a lack of options for the average person to get out of debt.

Here is what you can do to take control of your personal situation, while doing some real good in the world: Become a Philanthropreneur.
It is more simple than it sounds. 

In my next few blog posts I will be laying out the specifics of what to do and how it works. 

Imagine being part of something bigger than you, something that will change the world.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Degree Necessary

No Degree Necessary

 You don't need a college degree to be hugely successful in life. Let's put aside the thought that being successful means something different for each of us. We will instead assume having money, lots and lots of money, makes you successful. After all, being well-off financially certainly makes things in life easier.

Understand that belief in yourself is much more important than schooling, training or knowledge. In the book The Success Principles by Jack Canfield it states 20% of America's millionaires never set foot in college, and 21 of the 222 Americans listed as billionaires in 2003 never got their college diplomas and 2 never even finished high school. While we know that education and a commitment to learning are essential, a formal degree is not a necessity for success.

Men like Dick Cheney, Larry Ellison and Bill Gates were college drop-outs and all are among the multi-millionaires and billionaires of the world. You may be thinking that those men are special cases and this is not true for the average American. You could not be more wrong. I personally know several millionaires and many of them did not go to college, and a few didn't finish high school.

My point, as if you haven't figured it out by now, is you can create a successful life for yourself no matter what your level of education. Believe in yourself.

If you are interested in meeting my millionaire friends to learn how they became so successful friend me on FaceBook or follow me on Twitter, then, send me a message and I'll make it happen.

Mark Harnish