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My Utopia Exists. You’re Surfing It Right Now.

I Need You photp by: Icloss

\’\’Does this sound like your ideal community? It’s pretty damn close to mine.

1. Constantly growing organically

The web consists of millions of pages, and it grows by the moment. A page can be added by anyone, anywhere. Hyperlinks are what connects these millions of pages and they can be created by anyone, anywhere. The web is constantly growing and interconnecting as the many small pieces (pages) are joining together (via hyperlinks) as they see fit.

2. Decentralized

No one is in charge of the web. There is no one to fix it and no one to thank for it.

3. Commitment-free

You have complete control over the time you spend on the web. You can move at your own pace and explore what you want, when you want.

4. Open

There is nothing barring you from accessing the rest of the web world. You are free to learn what you will and connect with who you want.

5. Endless learning

Pages are added daily. Until there is nothing left to learn, there will always be something left for you to learn on the web.

6. Imperfect

No one controls it, no one owns it, no one is there to try and perfect it to the ideals that they see fit.

7. Borderless

You don’t need someone’s permission to link to them. The traditional lines of “that is mine and this is yours” have been removed. Often times it’s hard to tell where the boundaries are of where one person’s stuff ends and another begins.

This post was inspired by David Weinberger‘s thoughts on The Character of the Web.

photo credit: Icloss

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Thinking You Need to Accept It? That’s So Conventional.

Closed Doors
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Door A: “Either” accept the world as it is

This is conventional thinking. It’s a self-reinforcing lesson that life is about accepting unattractive and unpleasant trade-offs.

e.g., Either you are an artist and know little about business or you are an economist and have no understanding of creativity, art, culture and growth.

Door B: “Or” accept the world as it is

This is conventional thinking. It’s seeing all aspects of life as an “either/or” exchange. Life is full of dichotomies, and you just need to pick the lesser of two evils.

e.g., You are a spirituality aware person and know little about making money or an entrepreneur and you have no understanding of compassion, meaning or purpose.

All other doors: Shape the world for the better

This is integrative thinking. It’s about what can be, not what is. It’s about examining the “either/or” option presented and coming up with the “and”. It’s about developing ways to have your cake and eat it too.

It’s a challenge and it’s scary and lonely and, of course, you’ll have people tell you you’re wrong, but f them. What do they know? If they’re not open to a new way of thinking, so be it. There are plenty of unconventional people who can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

The point isn’t to be right. The point is to try. The more you try and the more you fail, the closer you’ll get to what is possible.

Question everything that man has accepted as necessary. There are no rules. Be your own teacher. Believe in your thinking and let your Self get carried away. Your greatest tool to change the world is your ability to challenge and change your own thinking.

photo credit: Pieter Musterd

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

One Week ‘Till We Meetup in Tdot

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There are still 2 empty chairs at dinner with me and 8 other Innerpreneurs in Toronto next Monday. If your in Toronto, why not stop by and have some delicious Southern Italian food and great conversation. I’m confident you’ll get value from the night.

Toronto Meet-up

Monday, November 2, 2009, 7:30 PM EST
at Terroni restaurant
57 Adelaide St. E.
RSVP here

Can you help me?

I don’t know a damn thing about leading a group meetup. What’s a great way to break the ice? I was thinking we’d each introduce our self and our business… and go from there. Do I need more structure?

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Discover Your Future One Day At A Time

build your path one day at a time

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There’s a whole lot of shit that you can’t control, but you can control how you respond to it. Adaptability is more than simply rolling with the punches — it’s about being able to calmly, intelligently and readily respond to circumstances. As a business owner, it’s important for you to be able to collect yourself and take control of whatever situation your way. A self-sustaining business is one that is proactive. Don’t wait for all the chips to fall before reacting.

But keep your eyes on the prize

Keep your long-term goals in mind, as they’ll help you to respond to situations in ways that keep you on your path and aligned with your aspirations.

It seems to me that an important key to running a self-sustaining, organic business is to strategically adapt to the world around you. Figure out what you want and constantly make natural adjustments in your business that support those goals.

On your path, keep your head up, take note of what’s around you and what’s changing. Being proactive about responding to changes will remove potential obstructions before they are realized.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

What Being an Innerpreneur Means to Me (And Only Me)

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I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, I did not make the word Innerpreneur up. I was only drawn to it once upon a time ago (early 2007) when I was starting my business.

I saw the book Karma Queens, Geek Gods and Innerpreneurs in the bookstore and despite the fact that I had little interest in the book’s overall themes, I bought it. I was compelled by the term, Innerpreneur, and intrigued by the people it described.

It spoke to me. I connected with it. I didn’t totally understand what being an Innerpreneur meant but I found truth in it.

I don’t know what it means to you but here’s what it means to me.

A year and half later, I still don’t know what being an Innerpreneur means to you. And I not sure I ever will. I’ve tried to define it for the community but the reality is I only know what it means to me.

As an Innerpreneur, I believe in:

  • Authentic marketing (If it’s not the truth, I’m not going to say it.)
  • Integrative thinking (I’m not an either/or kind of girl. I’m not creative or  logical, left or right-brained, I’m both. I come up with ways to have my cake and eat it too.)
  • Inner-directed action (There is only me and my relationship with others and the world. It is my responsibility to be aware of how I think, feel and act.)
  • Values-based business (Business that supports purpose, profit and people.)
  • Integral living (That the relationship between body, mind and soul needs to be integrated into all aspects of living.)

Do we really need to define it in order to feel it?

The word is just a word. It has no real tangible value. It’s the ideas expressed in the word that have real power.

My intention was never to use the word to separate us from other business owners. I use the word to connect with those of a similar mindset and as a means to encompass my radical (aka inner-directed) views on business… and life.

If you are drawn to the word, you might like what I have to say. But then again, you might not. I’m just expressing what I am learning on my Innerpreneurial journey. I’m not every Innerpreneur, I don’t represent anyone, nor do I know the answers. Your journey and your learning might look similar to mine, or they might not.

It’s my words, not the word, that counts.

I’ve been torturing my Self by thinking that the word defines me as a writer, that without it I don’t have a voice. That without Innerpreneur to stand behind, my words don’t count. That you only visit because of the word, not because of my words.

I worry about you getting bored with me. And the great irony of my fear is if I rest on the word, you inevitably will. Boredom only sets in when something is no longer relevant. If I stop growing and exploring my ideas and rest on some term, I would cease adapting and I would become stale.

So I write this article as a reminder to my Self that the word Innerpreneur does not define me, it is simply my means to find you and to draw you in. The word is part of my radio signal but it is not my music.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.