The book that started all of this for me was How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. He profiles people who have made a change in their world, focusing on nine individuals who were selected for fellowships by an organization called Ashoka. Ashoka’s mission is “to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world.”
I found each of the individual’s stories to be an inspiration. The things that they accomplished were indeed extraordinary, yet the people themselves did not seem to be that much different from anyone else that I know. What made them stand out was their conviction, determination, and perseverance. Maybe we don’t necessarily need to be smarter, richer, or better connected to make a difference. Maybe we just need to try.