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Naomi Rose: January 2011 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Naomi Rose

Naomi Rose
Writer, Book Developer, Creative Midwife, and Publisher
Writing from the Deeper Self / Rose Press
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I am:

An urban-born, culturally sophisticated lover of hills, farms, and cows.

Seeking my true nature has been a lifetime’s process. I liken it to flowers that manage to break through the pavement and grow where no one expects them to. This actually comes into my work as a writer, book developer, and publisher in a big way.

My passion is for:

Getting beneath the surface of our own conditioning (family, schooling, and cultural) to find the beauty, wisdom, joy, depth, and presence awaiting us there.

The creative process is such a perfect way to get to our deeper Self! Writing books (which is primarily what I help people do) offers a profound and healing way to find, give voice to, and share the treasures abounding within. As a Book Developer, I befriend the people who want to write—listen to them deeply—and give them encouragement that what’s in them deserves to be “said” on paper.  Many of them evolve into great writers, true artists, with exercised and fulfilled souls. I’m convinced that focusing on this deeper, more healing approach of “Writing from the Deeper Self” will inspire would-be book writers more than the purely commercial, often “paint-by-the-numbers” approach possibly can.

My business helps you:

Explore, find, and claim your inner artist — give your gift to the world, in a form that goes straight to the heart — and fulfill your dream of writing and even publishing a book. (It’s said that 85% of Americans believe they have a book inside them.) It also helps you sustain a long-term relationship with your book as you write it, and come out transformed on the other side. And it helps you put into words inner experiences and realizations that you may not even realize you can.

My biggest challenge is:

Getting messages down to Twitter-size! Deep reflections can take time, and a length of space.

I make a difference by:

Showing clients how much beauty is inside them—and that it matters to their readers as well as to them. It’s all part of writing a book deeply, learning to listen to “the book of yourself.”

I have lots of ideas about:

Creativity as a way of listening, sensing, and being — not just a “storm of good ideas.”

My advice would be:

If you really want to write a book, listen for the persistent memories, colors, and threads that want to get your attention from within. Don’t worry about how to do the whole thing all at once. A wisp is enough to start with.

“One must not only be an artist; one must become art itself. Then to the one who is so absorbed in his work that he forgets himself, that capacity, that intuition, that skill will come naturally. He begins to do wonders, and his art becomes a perfect expression of what he had in mind. … “
– Hazrat Inayat Khan, from Sufi Mysticism: Art Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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

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 We Believe We Should Be

ExcellenceToo

Donald Trump in Trump:101 asked, “why compete with others when you can beat yourself?”

Perfection.

What we wish we were. What we think we should be.

It used to be about what They think, but it’s not anymore. It’s about Us.

It’s about not being good enough for our Self. We don’t fit with our own image of perfection.

We can not forgive ourselves for not being what we believe we should be.

Hard work.

We’re already competing with our Self to be the best. We don’t need to compete with others too.

Competing with others could lower our standards.

Our Self is enough for us to battle with.

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.

The Opposite of Consumption Is Not Thrift

Generosity

It’s generosity.

Cooperation.

Want to change the economy?

Examine your ideas around the act of exchanging. When you are buying or selling, what are you thinking about?

What can I get?

What can I give?

What if you approached the exchange of goods and services as a generous act?

What if, as the buyer or as the seller, you felt the value of, and were grateful for, what you were receiving and, as a result, wanted to give freely? How might that change your exchanges?

What if buyers and sellers entered every exchange with a cooperative and giving perspective?

What kind of economy would be possible?

photo credit: micha.e

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.

Create Your Own Economy of Integrity

New Economy

You have a choice in the kind of market economy you participate in.

The type of economy you inhabit, as a customer and/or as a business, is yours to define. If you imagine a different kind of market society, and a different way of valuing the world, you have the opportunity to shape it. You are contributing to an integrity-driven economy each time you allow your values to drive your decisions.

Too often though, we betray our values when we find ourselves overcome by money pressures. In these moments, we see our integrity as a cost. But the true cost is acting on our price/profit-motivations, as we can make short-sighted choices that prove far more costly in the long-term.

Profit-driven markets and businesses create a deeply flawed system for valuing the world.

They promote the false promise that profit-driven markets point to true value. And that our economy is driven by profit, not needs.

Alternatively, value-driven markets and businesses, shape an economy based on integrity, and create a sustainable system for valuing the world. They use a wealth creation strategy comprised of investing in the long-term growth of the business, and their stakeholders.

Choose to value the world in a different and sustainable way.

Shape your economy of integrity by:

  1. Focusing on your customers

  2. Think long and hard about your customer and the experience your customer is getting. The experience of working with your business, and the feelings that experience creates in your clients, is your brand. Your integrity shines through in every experience the client has with your business. Your brand is your shorthand way of communicating your integrity.

    Building a relationship of trust, however, can’t be one-sided, it’s based not only on what your company does, but also on what your customers do. As Dale Carnegie said, “give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.” Create opportunities for your customers to show their integrity and for you to consistently show yours.

    When you do your best on behalf of the customer, and trust that the customer will do their best on behalf of you, you can create something lasting and valuable.

  3. Creating value

  4. Think long and hard if you are creating products and/or services that create lasting value for your clients. If you are, understand that you aren’t selling commodities, and stop treating them that way. You are creating something truly distinctive. Something completely unique.

    What people value they will pay for. If you focus on your customers, and the unique value you can create for them, your business can be a mini-monopoly with customers willing to pay for the brand they trust. You are the only you.

  5. Acting with integrity

  6. Think long and hard if you are nurturing and protecting your integrity in every decision you make. It is your most valuable wealth creation tool. Invest in it. Consistently make choices that support it.

Each decision you make, business or not, is an investment in your wealth creation. With every choice, consider what economy you want to participate in and act accordingly. You can fight for a different type of business world.

This post is inspired by Anna Bernasek’s book, The Economics of Integrity
photo credit: mtungate

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.