Musings of an Entrepreneur: It’s about your heart’s desire & solutions, not selling
God-given increase for all
A clarifying moment
Her comment yesterday really got me thinking.
It was a statement carrying an element of surprise, mingled with relief, appreciation and even a compliment. She had a few important questions, and was also serious about needing to “do something.”
She said, “I appreciate how you listen, and that you answer my questions without trying to pressure or sell me.” I am guilty of enthusiasm, yet I hope I am never perceived or experienced as pressuring.
She wants to lose weight and have more energy. I know we can help her with that. It’s that simple. The burden on my heart is to clearly communicate the solutions we offer, in a way that helps others freely make informed decisions. That’s really it.
Integrity, increase and doing the irresistible
Do I represent a company with integrity and quality products I use daily and believe in deeply? Yes. If I help an individual acquire some of these products will I be paid? Yes, generously so. Compensation is great, and the more money one has, the more one can do and share.
However, money is just one type of tool among many. I value all kinds of tools, resources, options, and the ability to make a difference.
So while the income stream is important, the feeling I get when I can inspire, or help someone effectively work toward their goals, is beyond important to me. It is precious. Sound corny? No matter. Why? Because it’s true, and I simply wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything.
Working within your integrity, honoring your heart's desire and promoting expansive increase can become simply irresistible.
Accountability, choices and contributions
Some people will not understand, and that used to bother me. Not any longer. I have lived more years than I am going to live, and that realization changes one’s perspective. I believe that I will be held accountable for the contributions I withhold, as well as for the ones I make.
There is nothing else I’d rather now be doing, and I am living my dream. In some ways I am working harder than ever, but it is with joy, grace and ease, rather than with stress and draining external demands. Therefore, I am energized and excited. The difference is night and day.
There are those who have said, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” I think this is true, but incomplete. There needs to be discipline and consistency and some other key elements. But the sentiment is spot on.
Life lessons: some expensive, some priceless
After I finished my first Master’s degree, my Mom wanted me to go on and get my Ph.D. I told her it was too expensive. She said that she would pay for it. I smiled and thought to myself, “That is what makes it too expensive.” When we live our lives fulfilling the dreams and expectations of others, it can cost us dearly. Sometimes too dearly.
If we do anything with a feeling of resentment, we are doing it for the wrong reasons or insincere motives. In the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 5, verse 37 it is written, "Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil." If we are conflicted or have a divided heart, it might be better to say, "No thank you." Resentment is a sign of a divided heart and it is always on us.
How much are you willing to give, and to give up? What is it that most matters to you? I have often said if you show me your checkbook register and your credit card statements, I can tell you exactly what you value, regardless of what you say your priorities are. We always seem to find the money and the time for what we truly want, and we also value what we pay for.
When I moved to New Mexico, I paid for professional movers to transport my furnishings. Given my art collection, I had increased insurance.
One of my paintings was badly damaged, and a representative came to the house to look at the torn and soiled box in which the painting had been professionally packed.
After examining the broken glass and the torn canvas and my documentation, he agreed that full replacement value was in order. Expecting me to be delighted, he was surprised by my response. While grateful for the insurance, it simply couldn't replace the art.
He said he was authorized to write me the four-figure check. What he didn’t understand was that I'd had that amount of money before. And I chose to spend it on the painting. I didn’t want the money; I wanted the painting. It was an original and it was beyond repair. This experience helped me understand an aspect of the very real inadequacies and limits of money.
Your heart's desire and your personal best
So, I think the key truly is to find your heart’s desire and to pursue it wholeheartedly. Frequently it is beyond challenging to uncover your passion, since it can be buried beneath the expectations of others; it can get shoved to the bottom of the list, given all the demands of daily life; or dimed by self-doubt.
A great antidote for these obstacles can be frequently be found in doing different things for others, in order to see what makes our heart sing. Some kind of service; the kind that is not a chore or a burden, but rather one that brings you joy. This is freely giving of oneself to something higher and greater than we are.
A good way to determine this is to discern whether it enervates you or energized you. Does it detract or does it lead to increase; does it break down or does it build up?
Our heart’s desire usually springs from the startling awareness and appreciation of all that we have been given, all that we have, and all that we are. With this realization can come a burning desire to give back by giving forth. And we do this by becoming our personal best, and then offering the best of ourselves to a hurting world. Being an entrepreneur is one very special way to do that.
A few tributaries off the mainstream
A unique & inspiring approach can often be better
In an article entitled, "What is a Social Entrepreneur? by Ashoka Innovations for the Public, it gives this powerful perspective"
"Over the past two decades, the citizen sector has discovered what the business sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions."
The co-founders of the company with which I am affiliated came out of an extremely comfortable retirement because of the alarming rate of obesity, the level of toxicity in our environment, the heightened levels of disease, the state of our food supply and of our declining physical health.
They have a vision and are on a mission to change world health, and freeing people from physical and financial pain. After losing too many people I care about to disease, the crushing challenges of financial stress, ill-informed lifestyle choices, inferior self-care and lack of optimal nutrition, I found solutions that changed my life and that are transforming the lives of lots of everyday people. This is the heady soil from which inspiration springs.
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