(poorly paraphrasing) “Do not take on the responsibility to save the world; but do not take that as a free pass not to try”
While the work we, as social entrepreneurs, do is fulfilling, there are times in which the task at hand seems so arduous, never ending, and almost out of reach. This simply means our work is not done.
Because I cannot visualize every person at the BoP with my brand of solar lantern, or every farmer with my new product, or poverty fully being eradicated – should I not try?
What we must remember is that the work we do is cumulative. The fact that MatchSavings.org shut down after two years of operation does not mean they were a failure. The knowledge learned has been documented and will continue to benefit new entrants into the industry.
A compliment that social entrepreneurs often tend to receive is how selfless they are to dedicate their lives to the betterment of others, but I would ask that we not become _selfish_ when judging successes and failures.
The work we all do will be referenced, researched, and discussed as the industry grows. Just because we may not see the successes in the companies we start, know that your work pushes the industry forward daily.