Do you have a feeling that you were put on earth to accomplish something…more? I did. Here’s what I found.
My name is Tony Loyd. In 2014, I was a successful Fortune 500 executive. I have a wonderful wife and children. I live in a comfortable home, and have everything that I need. But something was missing.
Somedays, it felt like I consumed food, to create energy, to go to work, to make money so that I could consume more. Do you know that feeling? The purpose of my life has to be more than consumption.
At work, I was particularly bothered by an overemphasis on shareholders over all other stakeholders. Two fundamental questions grabbed me, and would not let go:
- To meet the needs of shareholders, do we have to sacrifice other stakeholders such as employees, customers, the communities in which we work, and the planet upon which we depend?
- If we focus on shareholders alone, is that a sustainable business model?
I could not shake these questions. So, I decided to try to answer them. In the process, I discovered companies that found a way to marry profit and purpose. These companies are called social enterprises. The people who run social enterprises are called social entrepreneurs.
Inspired by the work of these social entrepreneurs, I left my job. I began to mentor these changemakers. As they told me their stories, I knew I would have to share their stories with others. That’s why I started Social Entrepreneur. Social Entrepreneur exists at the intersection of profit and purpose. We tell positive stories, from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. (You can see a description of our guests here.)
Today, I am a keynote speaker, radio host, and best-selling author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. I help people launch and scale social enterprises so that they can make a sustainable impact in the world.