The Not So Linear Path

How does one make a living doing something that truly makes a difference? We know how to become a financial consultant or a lawyer but the path to becoming a Change Creator is not quite as clear.

What is the path to pursue a living that is meaningful?

A few years ago I came across a book discussed later in this issue that focused on answering that very question. At the time, I had not seen anything else quite like it. Young authors who walk the walk shared adaptable insights they gained from their awesome experience.

I found this to be very inspiring and full of perspective.

This issue’s cover feature, Billy Parish, now a leader in the fight against climate change, was one of the authors of that book. His story is quite captivating. He was on the “normal” path when life events inspired him to take a chance. He left Yale to follow a passion that later turned into the largest youth advocacy group tackling climate change.

A key learning is to understand that the path to making a living and a diffrence is not linear like traditional careers. This can make a person uncomfortable because it involves uncertainty and risk. This tends to paralyze people from taking action at all.

Momentum cannot pick up if you never start. Most people have passions they want to pursue. The question is, do they have the courage to take the first step to begin bringing their vision to life on a path that is not so linear?

In the words of Billy Parish, “What separates people who make a change in the world from those who don’t, is the folks who gets started, they take that first step.”

Inside This Edition

SELF-DEVELOPMENT
A Golden Rule For Success
Learn to break a key bad habit that could be holding you back

INTERVIEW: ELIZABETH CHITWOOD
Building Community to Save The Elephants
Learn how Elizabeth Chitwood started her organization and is fighting for Elephants

MARKETING
Google Fool’s Day and the Guerrilla Marketer
Learn to get creative with guerrilla marketing and video

INTERVIEW: BILLY PARISH
Changing the World With Clean Energy
Learn how Billy started Energy Action Coalition and what he’s doing to change the world of solar energy

INTERVIEW: RENEE BLODGETT
Stand Out From the Crowd
What does it mean to start a business, and how do you stand out from the crowd?

MARKETING
Making Short-Form Video Part of Your Marketing Strategy
Get tips on leveraging short-form video as part of your strategy to connect with your audience

CASE STUDIES
How to Hack Systems for Environmental Change
Meet two successful social entrepreneurs who began with personal concern for the environment

STARTUP
No, You Probably Don’t Need a 50 Page Business Plan
Tips to writing an effective business plan

MARKETING
How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog With Social Media
Blogging expert, John Paul Aguiar, shares tips to boost your traffic

NETWORKING
7 Social Entrepreneurship Conferences To Look Forward To In 2016
Learn and build your network by attending an event geared towards social entrepreneurship