Rise of the Innerpreneur

Buying In & Out Of ‘Not Enough’

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I don’t want to feel this way any more. I don’t want to feel that I am ‘not enough.’ I want to see how wonderful and amazing I am—and how wonderful and amazing you are. It has been far too long that I have bought into the message that you and I are ‘not enough’ as we are.

In response to these feelings, I’ve decided I’m no longer accepting any message, internal or otherwise, that encourages me or anyone else to believe that who or what or why we are is ‘not enough.’ I’m done buying into it. It’s horseshit and it is created out of our polarized culture that thrives on encouraging us to feel separate, alone, and mindlessly focused on consuming in order to fill the void we’ve created together.

Not enough, not enough, not enough. Buy more, get more, perhaps then it’ll be enough.

I’ve decided to become like a superhero, vigilant to the messages that encourage us to feel like we are not good enough as we are. Fuck these messages, and fuck the cutting voice inside me who actually buys into its bullshit. Only I can give any thing the power to make me feel not good enough. Only I can choose to dis-empower myself. It takes my ‘buy in.’ I’ve decided it’s time I own this.

You and I are so much more than we realize—and that is the real truth. The breadth and heights of what we’re capable of is actually what we need to be reminded of—and yet our dominate culture has a different message. It sells us on ways to be more, better, faster. It fearfully sells us on ‘not enough’ in hopes we will buy into its offerings. It needs us to feel less than, in hopes we’ll feel we need it to feel whole. It’s a never-ending co-dependent see-saw we ride, if we allow it.

I’m buying out of ‘not enough.’ For it’s the only way I can see clearly through the noise and to the heart of my self. Doing my work to release this dominant message, I allow myself the ability to rise to any occasion, confident in knowing I am enough as I am.

photo credit: Ron Mader

Ageism and Entrepreneurship: 5 Ways to Make Old Age Work in Your Favour

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This article is written by guest author Jelena Djurdjevic.

We all know that getting old isn’t for the faint of heart. As people advance in age, new challenges related to physical and mental ability need to be overcome in order to ensure a productive lifestyle. With modern developments in medicine and nutrition, however, people can now maintain their ability to function at a high level well into their 70s and even 80s. In these circumstances, it stands to reason that success in the competitive world of business is also achievable, so let’s take a closer look at the reasons why ageism should fall by the wayside in the years to come:

1. Entrepreneurial drive is permanent

In a recent survey of 720 people aged 65 and older, both men and women testified as to what their greatest fears were with regards to ageing. Aside from expressing concern about their physical and mental well-being, many respondents feared losing their financial independence. To that end, one of the best ways to guarantee peace of mind in your twilight years is to never give up on your dreams. Nurture and harness your entrepreneurial drive even as your body starts to falter, and you’ll likely discover that your capacity for hard work and innovation is far from running dry.

2. History supports anti-ageism

Looking back into the past, there are plenty of instances where extremely successful enterprises have been started by people who were nearing retirement age. Moreover, even when it comes to companies that are led by youthful entrepreneurs, more often than not you’ll see an experienced businessman employed at a top level of the enterprise. To give just one famous example, John Sculley played an essential role in shepherding Steve Jobs’ burgeoning Apple empire throughout its early years, even if his level of name recognition isn’t on par with that of Jobs.

3. Expertise is a valuable asset

Simply put, one cannot go through life without accumulating knowledge. The more the years pass, the higher level of expertise one stands to gain in any chosen field. In the business world, this usually translates to a deeper understanding of the various mechanisms that govern companies and their employees. Time also tends to bring about a certain level of wisdom in some people, one that comes from seeing things happen over and over again, as well as infuse them with the kind of patience that’s necessary to prevent rash decisions and other misguided ventures. All these qualities are guaranteed to come in handy at an executive level, and are prized assets for companies everywhere.

4. Commanding respect

Another consequence of growing old lies in having your stature expand in the eyes of co-workers. People are taught from an early age to feel a sense of respect towards their elders, especially if they’ve achieved a position of prominence within their chosen field. Indeed, the average age of a CEO across all industries is 50 years old upon taking office, which illustrates the fact that older people tend to be trusted more with authority than their less experienced colleagues. Even in the relatively new Information Technology sector, the average CEO age has crept up to 45 years old, a sign that the industry is stabilizing and nearing its maturation stage.

5. More contacts, more opportunities

In the business world, who you know is often just as important as what you know. To that end, people who have accumulated a large amount of business contacts will generally have more people they can rely on. Naturally, this translates into a bevy of new opportunities, from business expansion possibilities to simply having a wider pool of available candidates to fill potential job openings with. Of course, this only works if you’ve carefully cultivated your contacts throughout the years, since burning bridges and being generally anti-social rarely lead to many long-term alliances.

All in all, it’s clear that older people have certain unique things that they can bring to the table in almost any business setting. For these reasons alone, their place in the world of entrepreneurship should continue to stabilize as their standing in society improves. As it stands, although it may sometimes seem like young man’s world out there, it’s one that’s irrevocably built and maintained on the sturdy shoulders of the elderly.

Cool to Be Cruel

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Who was it that decided
It was cool to be cruel?

Who was it that instructed you
To cover up your envy.

With cutting words
Used to feel oh so clever.

Holding your balance
On the pedestal you’ve precariously perched on.

Hoping to tower over
Your item of envy.

They need to be smaller
Small, like you feel when you’re around them.

Small, like you feel.

When you forget how beautiful you are
You can be so very ugly.

Your cutting words
Will never leave you feeling valued.

Self-satisfied
Masturbated, perhaps.

Your ego safely tucked
Behind your manufactured cool.

Maybe they won’t notice
How insecure you are.

You’re more beautiful
Than you act.

It’s a shame
You don’t know.

How your envy leaves you exposed
To what’s behind your performance.

You’re caught up in comparison
And your need to control.

How insecure you are
You’re trying to feel better.

Looking at everyone else
You never see the best in you.

Never getting that your beauty
Isn’t forced into production.

It’s yours
Naturally.

Clever and cool are words
That do not express.

An opportunity for love wasted
Beauty masked.

photo credit: Dori

Everything Has The Same Value

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Everyone can be your teacher, and everything can be an object of worship.

When you can free yourself from the scales of judgement in your lower mind—where one thing is held in higher virtue than another—in your higher mind, everything has the same value.

In this space, you see the teacher learns from their student, as the student learns from their teacher. In every exchange and in every relationship, there is value to realize.

When you can accept yourself and your true nature, you see this shared value. In acceptance of yourself, you lose the need to rank and weigh, and to judge any thing and any one as better or worse.

In this space of equanimity, you understand you create the value you give, and the value you receive.

What’s curious is that in this effort to understand our world and improve our self, we allow ourselves to realize the infinite value we possess.

photo credit: DorkyMum

Let Go

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Note to Self: Don’t be concerned about what you do.

This does not mean what you do does not matter. To say it doesn’t matter is to veil my concern with apathy. What I mean is, do not be attached to any particular thing or way. Let you be enough. Know you are enough.

Good and bad. Accept you as you are. There is no one better that you need to be.

photo credit: Syahmir