“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
There are a growing number of opportunities for people who have the discipline to live their full potential, particularly in today’s entrepreneurial landscape. For instance, three young social entrepreneurs whom we support through my company, The Global Good Fund, were featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneurship category: Sasha Fisher of Spark MicroGrants, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags2Riches Inc., and Karim Abouelnaga of Practice Makes Perfect.
The prestigious Forbes recognition was not simply handed to these ambitious young leaders. On the contrary, Sasha, Reese, and Karim continually work to grow themselves in order to grow their social enterprises. They are experts at seeking support and positioning themselves in ways that highlight their incredible work amid a world inundated with information.
As a young entrepreneur, the way you position yourself matters. Personal positioning is crucial to getting recognition for your enterprise. People buy into you before they buy into your vision.
Below are five key steps you can take as a young leader to position yourself for success. Setting yourself up for success will lead to support through fellowships, awards, funding, grants and more.
Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund. She’s also an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University School of Nursing and the author of Sustainability for Healthcare Management.
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