Rise of the Innerpreneur

A Space for You = An Advertising Opportunity

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I’ve been lovingly writing Rise of the Innerpreneur for over six years now, and in that time, I’ve published over 397 articles. Man oh man, that’s a whole lot of time, energy, and love I’ve put into this little space on the interweb.

Part of my experience with writing this blog has been handling the visibility it has brought, and the various forms in which it can arrive. One common theme as the blog’s visibility has grown is the increasing number of businesses approaching me about advertising on ROTI. To date, I have said no to these requests… In part because I am very particular about how my blog looks and feels to you, but equally in part because I’ve never wanted to advertise anything that I didn’t know would be of quality and interest you. I suppose in many ways I am extremely controlling about the experience my website and my online world creates for you (and for myself).

But as these ad requests continue to increase, I’ve found myself wondering if there is an opportunity for you and I that I am missing. It’s fine if I want to be very particular about advertising but, if I am open to it, why am I not asking you, my cherished reader and fellow Cultural Creative, if you have something you’d like to share here? I’d love to support you in connecting with more CC’s.

Learn More About Advertising

In light of this understanding, I’d like to experiment with advertising on ROTI and I’d love it if you’d play along with me. I’d love to support your work. As of today, I’m offering for lease three (3) ad spaces on the blog sidebar, in a section I’d playing with calling the Cultural Creative Market. The ad space is available to you for a six month commitment. With this commitment, you will be an exclusive advertiser on ROTI and have the ability to reach Cultural Creative business owners around the world.

Learn more about this exclusive advertising opportunity.

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Who Defines My Needs?

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I make a difference by being what I am. I add value to my world by being the light I am, and by holding onto this light no matter what externally arrives to me.

To do this, I need to protect myself from the overwhelm of the external world. I need to protect who I truly am. I can not lose myself; and it’s important I acknowledge the force by which others may seem to want me to. I need ways to deal with the tension between taking care of my inner business and taking care of external affairs.

As a child, it could be hard to know what was right — the authority figure who wanted me to change, or the inner guru who knew I was as I needed to be. It was hard to know what defined my needs. Now as I grow, I am learning to better understand the contrast between my truth and the manufactured needs that keep me from it.

My truth is in my inner directive. My wisdom lies in staying connected to myself while pushing into the world. In holding my sense of self I have what I need to sense my way forward with confidence.

The Truth About Our Darkness

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We don’t really have a problem with peoples imperfections. We don’t really hate the dark aspects we each contain. It feels like we do, but our feelings can be misleading sometimes.

It’s easy to point out and judge another for the things that aren’t perfect about them. If you decide to take on this job, your list will easily become a mile long. We are not perfect, and you’re always going to be able to find evidence to back this truth up. No matter the person.

What you really have a problem with, when you find yourself angered by another and their imperfections become so glaringly obvious to you, is the lack of responsibility you feel that person has over them. Your pissed because they are not being aware of the dark things about themselves and their behaviour, and how it affects you. You feel they are not being responsible in their doing.

If I was to own my darkness and be up front and responsible for the ways in which I am imperfect and how they affect you, how would that change your anger towards me, and towards the imperfections I hold? In my experience, you no longer mind my imperfections so much, nor judge them so harshly, because I am aware of them and responsible to them. It wasn’t my darkness that was getting you, it was my lack of responsibility towards it.

If I own my stuff, if I am aware and shine a light on my darkness and admit my contributions, you may be left with some anger towards my actions, but in owning my part I’ve created the space for you to own yours and/or move on. In being responsible for my imperfections, I’m not in conflict with you over them. I am free to admit what I did and who I am.

When I own my darkness, does it not make it harder for you to hate and blame me for it?

photo credit: Sergio García Moratilla

Dancing with Flow

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The flow doesn’t arrive until you break past your barrier. Your barrier appears as that “thing” you feel prevents you from starting. And that “thing” is the part of you that resists the activity, that says you can’t do it. You can.

Once you start, despite this feeling of being blocked and unable, you will find your groove. You will get into your flow. Once you’re in it, from there, it becomes hard to stop.

Our flow feels so good that we can begin desiring it non-stop, without realizing that without our wane, our time of reflecting and in-action, our flow would be of little value. We need both growth and fallow. Wax and wane.

This is the wonderfully contrasting experience of dancing with our flow — it’s hard to start and hard to stop.

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Work in Progress

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Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” – Daniel Gilbert (@DanTGilbert)

You’ve got plenty of room to grow. We all do. No matter our position, we are each a work in progress. We are doing it badly until we are doing it well. The real point is that we are doing it at all.

Your feedback can help me to do it better though. To do so, your feedback does not need to be complimentary but it does need to be respectful and acknowledge that I am a work in progress. I am complete in my imperfection.

Human beings are creators and we need to acknowledge and respect the unique creative process each of us has. And our individual journey to (re)discover it. Like you, I am in the process of creating myself and becoming takes space. So let’s do ourselves a favour and remember that it’s hardly ever a finished product we’re providing feedback on, rather we’re perceiving something or someone still in the process of becoming.

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