May
27
2011

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Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.

Perry Chen used to spend his time working on art and music, but now he helps others realize their creative dreams. His current inspired endeavor is Kickstarter, a platform that helps fund creativity through the power of crowdsourcing funding.

Sokunthea: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes?

Perry: I don’t consider myself a social entrepreneur, but I’m thrilled to be doing good, if that’s what I’m doing.

My advice is: don’t stop. It’s better to make a mistake than to not take an action. If you make a mistake, likely you’ll have the opportunity to learn from it. Don’t give up. There are a million opportunities for you to quit, and I’m sure there will be a lot of good reasons. When you believe in something, you have to really buy in. For me at some point I kind of had all my chips down. Once you get involved in something, that’s where the momentum is. If you don’t have that, then you’re much more likely to quit.

For most of the people who have a lot of success, it’s because they were the ones who didn’t quit. It’s not necessarily because it was just laid out for them. It won’t apply to all cases, but I think it’s pretty good advice.

Read the rest of Perry's Fellows Friday interview here.

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