After reflecting on my own experiences, talking to systems change experts, and poring over case studies of success and failure, I've distilled three of the most common reasons do-gooders' efforts bite the dust:
- Reason One: They fail to understand and develop themselves
- Reason Two: They fail to understand their chosen problem
- Reason Three: They fail to understand what it takes to solve the problem
For each reason, I've included reflection questions to illustrate how easy it is to fall into one of these traps, and to help you avoid these traps yourself.