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It’s Not the Money, Honey: The Real Purpose of Business

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I don’t care what the Donald says. The point of business is not to make money. The purpose of business is to expand who you are through what you do. And use profit to achieve a more noble end (and yes, self-development is a noble end).

I believe this because the worth of any business resides largely in it’s human capital (the value of its people) and in it’s intellectual property (the value of the ideas generated by it’s people). People make a business great, and they do so by being provided a vehicle to express who they are, and to create.

It’s this expression of our inner Self that is the real purpose of business, and our ticket to wealth.

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.

There’s No Money In It

StarvingArtist

It’s not worth the chance.

Go ahead and believe that. Please, continue to agree to your belief that doing what you love will never bring you the wealth you desire.

Please, go on upholding the premise that creating a career from your passion, and fulfilling your physical, mental and spiritual needs, isn’t a recipe for financial gain.

Now, stop and think about this rationally.

Is it logical to believe that you can make more money doing something you tolerate, rather than do something you are gifted at? Wouldn’t a person have far greater long-term earning potential if they used their talents, and expressed their beliefs about life in their work, rather than say, got some job with a steady paycheck?

Sure, you might make more money right away with the office job, and while it might feel like a safer choice, I can’t think of anything more risky than denying your true needs. When has that ended up well for anyone?

Do you really buy the starving artist bullshit?

Do yourself a favour and stop undercutting your Self and your value by believing in the idea that passion. purpose. creativity. joy. hard work. don’t provide and make you wealthy. What makes you think money is so hard to obtain?

Money is a current, an energy. If your not open to it, it won’t come your way.

Give your wealth and you’ll receive it back.

If you are serious about doing what you love and making money too, believe that you can, and, with patience, do the work so you do.  It’s all up to you. But understand that doing the work doesn’t mean just creating, it means connecting too. Half your job is marketing. You aren’t just a [fill in the blank], your a business owner too. Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come.

You need to identify the whackjobs that find value in what you do. If you don’t, you’ll be right, and you will be starving.

Please let me know how romantic you find it.

photo by: Stephen Poff

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.

Ananda Leeke: April 2010 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Ananda Leeke

Ananda Leeke
Innerpreneur, Author, Artist, Coach, and Yoga Teacher
Kiamsha.com, LLC
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I am:

I am an innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. Here’s a six-word memoir to remember me by: Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke.

My passion is for:

spirituality, yoga, meditation, Reiki, health, self-care, green living, creativity, lifelong learning, books, magazines, bookstores, museums, music, films, glasses, naps, Rice milk, oatmeal, granola, raisins, apple sauce, split pea soup, ginger tea, coaching, dreaming, world cultures and travel, services, writing, six-word memoirs, teaching, and the Internet.

My business helps you with:

My business empowers individuals to be authentic through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga.

My biggest challenge is:

surrendering to the flow of my creative process as I write my next two books. My ego wants to control the process. I learn this lesson in a different way each time I write a book.

I make things different each day by:

listening to people, affirming their highest and greatest good, and supporting their spiritual, health, and creative practice. I also make a difference by volunteering as a yoga teacher, Reiki Master practitioner, mentor to younger women and girls, worship assistant at All Souls Unitarian Church, and social media strategist.

I have lots of ideas about:

how to inspire and encourage people to take better care of themselves.

My advice is:

Take seven deep breaths each hour during your work day. Allow yourself to step away from your desk or work space/site for a moment. If you can’t step away, close your eyes for a moment. Sit or stand in the silence of each breath to clear your mind. This pause will bring you back to the present moment. It will give you the gift of your inner self. It will also create space for your intuition, ideas, inspirations, infinite possibilities, and insights. What a great place to return to for replenishment, renewal, and rebirth! If you have more time, ask yourself what you need to be, know, say, and/or do to affirm your highest and greatest good. Write your thoughts down if you are called to. Return to them throughout your day or week. Note how you are responding. If it helps, write down your insights. This process will help you discover more of your authentic self.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – The Tao Te Ching

If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, please email Tara Joyce.

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.

Borrowing Money

AccessMe
I’m in debt. And I have been for most of my adult life.

I see debt as means to an end.

There was a brief point in my life when I managed to pay off my first round of debt – this one due to attending university and post-graduate school. But my next round of debt started soon after, when I decided to leave my job and travel for half a year with my now-husband-then-boyfriend. And, subsequently, start a business with the money.

I never think that money is an excuse for me not do something. I see debt as access to possibilities beyond my external reach. I see credit cards and debt as a real gift in our culture. It gives people access to create money for them Self. It allows us the freedom to make the right choices for our Self and add to our wealth. A not every person is afforded that choice.

I know many people abuse it’s power, but that doesn’t mean I have to. I choose to appreciate debt for the opportunity it is and mange it mindfully.

photo credit: Lou Rouge

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.

A Not-So-Simple Recipe for Creating Your Dream Business

Dream Recipe

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Prepare Your ‘Being’

1. Realize you have a choice.

In everything you do. You are a hero in your own journey.

Be the fucking hero you are. Choose to serve your higher nature.

2. Embrace change and uncertainty.

Or don’t.

Either way it’ll be happening around you and through you. Might as well learn to work with it.

3. Be the ‘Master of Your Domain’.

Stop reacting to opportunities ‘out there’. Instead, act from a place of inner knowledge of who You Are. What’s ‘out there’ is an effect, not a cause. You are the means to create new opportunities. You create the market, the market doesn’t create you.

Combine #1, #2, & #3 to discover your Innerpreneur.

Prepare Your ‘Doing’

1. Find an “engaging” activity.

Do something that challenges you, and is creative. It’ll create a “flow experience” in you. Seriously.

It’ll activate this part of your brain called the nucleus accumbens, which controls how you feel about life.

And it’ll stimulate your septal zone. That’s your “feel good” area – it’ll make you feel happy.

2. Find a “meaningful” activity.

Use what you are best at to serve others, or to participate in a cause bigger than yourself.

Combine #1 & #2 to design your happiness.

Combine ‘Being’ and ‘Doing’ to Create Your Dream Business

In knowing who You Are you will find the freedom to discover the mix of creating and contributing that is Your Innerpreneurial dream.

photo credit: Patrick Q

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.