How motivated people create -a real- change

Ever since I started my business degree in college our professors tried to shape our mindsets under the dogma for which Michael Porter jumped into the “hall of fame” of the Harvard academics: Strategy is War. You have to squeeze your suppliers, create barriers for others to enter the market and defeat your competitors if you want to get somewhere in business.

But I wanted to create love, not war –also Michael Porter got to this conclusion after 30 years-. But, how a person could shape the future creating a positive impact and make a living at the same time?

The answer is being a social entrepreneur (or intrapreneur). These are brave, transgressor, nonconformist and brilliant people whose favorite prefix is “co-“: co-work, co-exist, co-create… collaborate at last (this last one without prefix).

The real changemakers for who the CSR policies are ok but definitely not enough because their passion for making social change is the fuel of their businesses.

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.”Eduardo Galeano

This new business concept reshapes any statement any MBA has ever learned because, stepping out from philanthropy, social entrepreneurs identifies a social problem that can be alleviated through a venture that generates profits at the same time it creates social change.

But, if the social motive was not inspiring enough, I find in motivation the key of their success. How motivated people can create –a real and tangible- change can be clearly seen in social INTRApreneurs: people who work for corporations and create change from within, because their passion and motivation drags people around and are able to shake the pillars of any organization.

And you, do you thank God because its Friday or because its Monday?


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