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My deep thought of the day. If you aren’t on a Mastery Path in some area of your life, you are simply, slowly declining….
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In the past few months I have been introduced to a new community of very successful people. It all started with me engaging a life coach, the amazing Janet Whitehead (www.musingsandmud.com), and it grew from there.
This community label themselves as right brain or creative entrepreneurs and they approach traditional business differently. Some examples are www.whitehottruth.com, www.goddessguidebook.com, www.rightbrainbusinessplan.com – all quite successful people around the world who are executing their business a little differently than most. Their focus is on listening to their creative side and propelling it into a successful business.
I come from a very left brain adult career. I have a BSc with a triple minor in Math, Physics and Chemistry and I have worked in computer programming for 14 years. But, before that I wanted to get a BA in Fine Art and I did a year in England getting my Fine Arts A-level, so there is an artist hiding in me somewhere, an artist who hasn’t done much in 30 years (ugh – 30 years!).
Anyway, a couple of things have sort of ‘rocked my view’ of the world in the past couple of months. One of them is how many people are out there, being very successful, by proudly displaying all of the true colours. And part of the reason for this is that technology has made so many different people so reachable. We all know this, we hear people talking about it all the time – but when you finally see first hand the effect it could have one your own personal success it really hits home.
The other aha moment is how much fun it is to combine creativity with any task, no matter how logical it may be. All of a sudden I can’t brainstorm on my laptop anymore – I need big sheets of paper and pencil crayons. But the ideas roll of my tongue now and I can tackle daunting tasks with a smile and renewed confidence.
The title of the blog is ‘the new communities’ – because in the context of starting my own business, it is these new communities that are having a big impact on me. I am learning that you can create any product or idea, and if you can put it out there in cyber space with passion and authenticity, then you will find a market. That is a really cool opportunity. Everyone I talk to in my “real” circle of friends is totally focused on ROI, business plans and pleasing the customer. These are all obviously important concepts – but this big carrot of reaching people who really want to buy exactly what you want to sell, without compromise is very appealing – and new to me.
The Goddess Guidebook, for example, is probably not that marketable in the small town where the creator lives – but with passion and a smile she has reached out to the world and found 1000’s of customers who totally appreciate her work. I am not one of her customers – and if I met her and saw her product a year ago I would have shook my head at it. But seeing her success shows the accessibility we now have to all sorts of different communities of people and some of these communities are individuals scattered around the globe. Without the Internet, these spread out collections of individuals would never be able to join together and strengthen their talents.
It is a new paradigm for me – I feel like I have just joined a new cult and my friends are rolling their eyes at me. I am having fun though.
One door closes, many others open. As a new self employed business woman, the ideas, the energy, and the plans whirling around me are exhilarating and overwhelming. Be warned, this posts rambles on a little bit.
There are many people out there who are ‘serial entrepreneurs’, starting one business after another with determination and ultra-confidence. Some ventures (most?) fail, some succeed, the proprietors appear to make a living.
What about the other kind of people who start their own business? The ones who see a need they think they can fill. Or those feel a desire to be close to the ground and see their work’s impact first hand. But they don’t have that innate persistence to keep trying and trying. They aren’t in it just for the sake of ‘being their own boss’ – there are different drivers, less type-A personality and more tentative decisions.
I feel awkward at ‘almost 40’, entering into this world. I envision myself spreading out into the community and tapping into peoples needs. My goals are: to use as many of my strengths as possible, keep focused on my desire to make the world a better place by connecting people, have fun, make it an adventure and to spend lots of quality time with my family. I am trying to visualize this with as much clarity as possible – hoping a clear vision will compensate for the huge gaps in my experience in business start-up.
I am scared of all the ideas and enthusiasm around me. How do I tap into people’s strengths without being overwhelmed by them? How do I maintain focus without being stupidly blind? And now that the rubber has hit the road, is the amount of income still low on the list of priorities (given a certain minimum, of course)? How do I maintain persistence in the face of opposition? Ugh – there are sooooo many questions and so little certainty. I know I signed up for this and I believe that I will successful, but it seems daunting.
When I look at the information out there on starting businesses, It is all about cash flow and marketing plans. I have found countless websites and books with lists of business ideas and how to implement them. It is presented as this simple formula that you just need to follow. Perfect for someone who just wants to be there own boss and autonomy is their only goal.
But what about the obscure ones. The stories filled with inexperience, lofty goals, mistakes and successes. That is what who I am looking to for inspiration.
As I dream about what the future holds, as much as I want to read about how someone else doing it my way and succeeding, I know my inspiration needs to come from within. How did I get so lazy that I have stopped inspiring myself – where does that go? And now that I am finally forcing that part of me to WAKE UP – it seems broken. Is it like my flabby, post-kid belly? My stomach muscles stop working and know I have chronic back pain. I try to engage them again, maybe even do a few sit-ups, but everything hurts more the next day. Now I have a commitment to running and yoga, and it all seems to be slowly re-engaging the way it should be.
So what would be the parallel for my business confidence and inspiration as running and yoga is for my core muscles? I need to dream more, write more. I have been meditating more, smiling more.
I am at a loss how to tie this article up – oh well, post it and write more later 🙂