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Social Entrepreneur is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world. Every Monday you hear interviews with social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. Listen to the stories that led them to become change makers. The guests give advice for early stage and aspiring social entrepreneurs. We always end each episode with a call to action. If you're ready to change the world, join us.
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173, Cheryl Dorsey, Echoing Green | How to Find Meaningful Work
6 days ago
Echoing Green identifies and invests in transformational leaders. How we spend our time is how we spend our lives. Unless you’re independently wealthy, there’s a good chance that right now you’re getting ready for work, on your way to work, you’re already at work, or you’re thinking about work. If we’re going to spend this much time at work, we might as well make that time count. But the path to meaningful work is not always a straight route. In fact, it might only make sense in hindsight. So, if meaningful work is so important, and the path is not always clearly marked, how do we find our way? Cheryl Dorsey describes her path to her work as “fairly circuitous.” She even went so far as to say, “I’m the Forrest Gump careers. I had no clue most of the time what I was going to do, or where I was going to end up. I just stumbled into things.” But when pressed, you hear a slightly different story. She didn’t know where she was going exactly, but she figured out how to find what was right for her. The secret is being awake for the journey. As Cheryl looks behind her, the path makes sense in retrospect. What she can see is that, at each juncture, there was a sign pointing the direction. But, you must be alert to notice. “I think maybe there is a grand plan and there are signals and data that we receive all the time. Most of us ignore it and don’t pay attention to it. But I think if you’re open to it, and allow those experiences in, it really does lead you to your path.” She sees a key characteristic in the many entrepreneurs she knows. “I think the most successful entrepreneurs are amazing, not necessarily because of their entrepreneurial effort. It’s because they figured out their passion and their purpose and they’re completely aligned. They’re doing something that is the physical manifestation, aligning their gifts, talents, and skills.” Cheryl’s passion for social justice started early in life. She grew up in Baltimore, the daughter of two public school teachers. Her parents instilled in her a respect for education as a tool for upward mobility, especially in an African-American household. Cheryl was born with a sense of social justice. “My mom used to tell me that my most common refrain was ‘That’s not fair!’ It was a child’s expression of ‘Why are things the way they are?’” When she arrived at college, even though she was premed, she spent a
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Date published: 2016-08-12