Paying It Forward: How to Be A Social Entrepreneur

  • 6h 7m 37s
  • Josh Littlejohn MBE
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2024

When Josh Littlejohn started a small sandwich shop in his home city of Edinburgh, he would never have thought that, within ten years' time, it would be frequented by Hollywood megastars, that he would have opened a string of successful cafes across the UK, and that he would be honored with an MBE by the Queen. Not to mention raising over £25 million to combat homelessness around the world. And all set in motion by a person in need of homelessness, named Pete, walking into his cafe one day and sheepishly asking for a job.

Paying It Forward is part memoir, part manifesto for social entrepreneurship, and part manual for putting purpose ahead of profit. It reveals what social entrepreneurship is and how it can make a difference. How if only 20% of entrepreneurs became social entrepreneurs our world would be in a much better state. How we can 'Calculate Risks', why we should 'Help Just One Person' every day, and that 'If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get'.

The path to being social entrepreneur is never a smooth one: Paying it Forward is the compass for finding your own path and making a difference in the world.

About the Author

Josh Littlejohn MBE is a leading social entrepreneur, philanthropist and campaigner who is tackling homelessness and displacement around the world. Josh began working on the homelessness issue when he co-founded Social Bite, a social enterprise in Scotland, UK, with a mission to eradicate homelessness.

In 2018, Josh and his team launched the Social Bite Village, offering homes to thousands of vulnerable people. In 2019, Josh launched 'The World's Big Sleepout', with events in over 52 cities around the globe, and 60,000 people sleeping out in the world's largest ever display of solidarity for homeless and displaced people.

Josh has so far raised over £25 million for charitable and homelessness causes and received an MBE from the Queen. He has received a Pride of Britain Award, a Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, 5 honorary doctorates and he has also been included in Debrett's list of most influential people in the UK. Josh currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - What is social entrepreneurship?
  • Chapter 2 - The cards we are dealt can define our destinies
  • Chapter 3 - Calculate risk (your way)
  • Chapter 4 - Find your inspiration
  • Chapter 5 - Find your purpose
  • Chapter 6 - Personal sacrifices and challenges
  • Chapter 7 - Pray for miracles
  • Chapter 8 - Find your compassion
  • Chapter 9 - If you don’t ask, you don’t get
  • Chapter 10 - It takes a village
  • Chapter 11 - There is no ‘them’ and ‘us’. There is only ‘us’
  • Chapter 12 - Find global solutions
  • Chapter 13 - Help just one person
  • Chapter 14 - Impossible is nothing
  • Chapter 15 - Build a movement
  • Chapter 16 - A world turned upside down
  • Epilogue: A story from the street – Sonny’s story, in his own words
  • Acknowledgements