Friday, January 31, 2014

ARE YOU A NONVIOLENT ENTREPRENEUR?



Oh! that we who declare against wars, and acknowledge our trust to be in God only, may walk in the light, and therein examine our foundation and motives in holding great estates! May we look upon our treasures, and the furniture of our houses, and the garments in which we array ourselves, and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions, or not. Holding treasures in the self-pleasing spirit is a strong plant, the fruit whereof ripens fast.

 ~John Woolman, from “A Plea for the Poor”


Are you a Non-violent Entrepreneur?  It was so easy to put forth this term in my earlier writing, yet when I set myself to some deeper thinking a little later that evening, I realized this would mean some pondering and writing of more layers than just the surface I had scratched.  Take Woolman’s commentary for just one example.

We’ve established that the beginnings of non-violent entrepreneurship might be spurning the methods laid before you that seem rather like those of the tent-preachers of yore.  Instead the Non-violent Entrepreneur chooses to go inward, to listen first to that still inner voice and to move slowly, steadily toward the felt calling.

Now I’m asking you, have you examined the trappings of your business to see if they are in alignment with your values?  “Do the seeds of war take nourishment in these our possessions?”  This is not an easy task of discernment.  

Just after I had finished writing my post the other day, the phone rang and it was a company offering to help me to put together my website for me.  They promised to put me in the top three search choices for Google and a host of other search engines for an unbelievably low cost of $300 per month.  They promised me the top keyword choices and at least ten additional calls per month from their work.  Throw in a free website.

What is the cost of this relationship?  Not in dollars and cents, my Friends, but in my sellout to the organizational model?  Is this work I cannot do myself?  Is this work I want to do myself?  Do I want ten random calls from who knows where per month for my coaching business?  Can these people bring me the type of work I want to be doing or not?

You see I’m not interested in random coaching about anything.  I want to work with people who are interested in Coaching for Peace.  I want people who are working towards the same values and spiritual discernment I am.  Ten customers a month who distract me from being attracted to and attracting to coaching clients who are seeking real meaning in their life gets me nowhere.

My clients are people who are seeking to do grief work, addictions work, who are spiritual seekers, seeking a deep life change and who above all are focused on listening to that still small inner voice in their lives.  I don’t have the answer to this question yet:  Can a big ad company help me to find these people through keyword searches?  Can they do it better than I can?  

I’m concerned that a Nonviolent Entrepreneur is one whose life reflects the principles of nonviolence, inside and out.  One layer is that one’s business does not sow seeds of violence, aggression or enmity in the process of building the business. 

 



Holding treasures in the self-pleasing spirit is a strong plant, the fruit whereof ripens fast.”


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NONVIOLENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP


I'm back. Writer, Coach and Spiritual Advisor.  Here to pour out a little love and wisdom and counter-intelligence for your day...


I'm also @QuakWriterLinda.  That's right.  I have succumbed to Twitter.  

Like so many other small business, and like so many other freelance writers, my life becomes 'oh so busy' with many other details of life.

I end up not doing the things that every entrepreneur's coach tells me I should be doing.  I even tell my SELF I should be doing these things.  Then the world creeps in again and my blog comes stumbling to a halt. It's a paradox.

My  purpose in sharing this with you today is to share the transition I have made from coach, to coach and writer, to coach, writer and freelancer.  I want all of you who, like me, have not followed the models put forth by the vastly more entrepreneurial-spirited to know that one can be SUCCESSFUL, without those models!

Put your best self forward, each day, and do what your heart tells you is a good path.  That's my advice.  And perservere. Perhaps you too can become the good enough business-person!

I'm here to offer you an alternative model to the do it all, do it today, wrestle your dreams to the floor and lasso them model of being in business.  Instead, why not get up today and do the very best that you can...without stressing out.

Have a cup of tea and some quiet time, and while you're doing that imagine one thing that you believe in that you'd like to do today.  Set out a plan and see if there's a simple way you could take one step towards your dream, in honor and in love of your highest self.

Right now, I write for three agencies, three days a week, for seven hours.  My rate has tripled in six months and is about to triple again.  I've just opened up on Twitter, because I can now see that I would like the general population to know that I am freelancing and Twitter is a terrific way to do that.  Up until now, Twitter served no purpose except taking up my time when I needed to be writing...it was counter-productive.

I don't know about you, but I'm a bit tired of the highly competitive do it all now model of coaching, writing, being in business.  It simply doesn't work for me.  Oh, I am very appreciative for a lot of the information I glean from all of these very high energy people and all of the blog posts they send to me.  But I only use about 1/100th of it all.  The rest goes, yes, into the trash.  Sorry, my blog friends.


Mostly I spend my time reading the Dalai Lama and Andrew Weil and Deepak and soaking in what they tell me about how I need to find my center, pour out the love and make sure my insides match my outsides.  Then I concentrate on which other bits of info will fit with those core principles.  And believe it or not there are some.

From this I've learned that if I pursue a persistent, steady path of progression, I will make progress in my new career almost as quickly as the mega model people.  It's quite amazing. I think there's a story about this...something about a tortoise and a hare?

So here's my challenge to you.  I'd love to hear from you about the peaceful ways you are finding to pursue your dreams and how it's working out for you.  Let's stage a peaceful revolution in business entrepreneurship.  Show me yours and I'll show you mine! 


Oh, and if you'd like my help writing web copy, blogs or articles to promote your business, I am open for business doing that and coaching others in a non-competitive model of business.  Pour out the Love.