There are many people who might ask, what is entrepreneurial spirit? Those are people who have never led a sports team, created a brochure, run a business, a family or stood in front of an audience. For the vast majority of people, entrepreneurial spirit is an ideal to be read about in great leaders of the past, admired in successful heros, or debated as to the “moral goodness” of others. So, this book is not for those who want to watch from the sidelines.
Entrepreneurial spirit is for those who have the courage to think for themselves, act out of courage, to follow their heart and live for the moment. It means sustaining the struggle and being committed when times are tough. It means getting up again and again. It means taking the blame when you don’t deserve it. Entrepreneurial spirit means being responsible for your life. Stepping outside mass consciousness and comfort of a “normal job”.
So this article is for those courageous individuals who have chosen to follow their own star. The mission? To use, give, share the gifts, talents, blessings we were born with, and die empty. To give and therefore leave an impact on this earth, worthy of a life.
Entrepreneurial LifestylesMany people wake up and know exactly how and who is going to pay their wage today. They get out of bed, think about themselves and their little world, go to work and come home again. TV breaks the monotony.
Then there’s another group. I’ve called them entrepreneurs. Independent individuals who have, for one reason or another, separated themselves from the mass consciousness, decided to determine their own path, to walk a road where their own wits, either cause or kill, their personal success. This group are more prone to heart attacks, marriage breakdowns, bankruptcy, cancer and mental health problems than any other individual group of people.Entrepreneurs are not always qualified to do what they do.
They probably were at some stage, but time and life expands the demands their life until there is no academic science on earth can replace their experience. But these people suffer. Torn between two worlds, trying to fit in one, trying to reject it in the meantime. The challenge for this group is keep up with the personal demand of stress, health, mind control and sustaining their vision. This book is a step on the path to helping those who are ready.
IndividualityEvery entrepreneur seems to pride themselves on their individuality, their unique way of doing things, their style. This is vital stuff, but it makes entrepreneurs a fragile bunch, sensitive, insecure, defensive.
The determination and commitment that makes the entrepreneur a success can also block him or her from living and working consciously. Better ways are often available but the very same spirit that keeps an entrepreneur on track can block them into unhealthy patterns.
There are mind states that hold an entrepreneur in a powerful mental state. This mental state is called INSPIRATION.
This mental state sits in balance. Then there is an inner strength, often referred to as inner calm, or peace of mind. This peace of mind can exist in even the toughest situations, even disasters and stress if the right thinking firmly in place.
Gratitude must be the most over used word in the new age world and probably the most misunderstood. Thankful.
Thankful for all the good and wonderful things. Gratitude is meant to keep us humble and honest with ourselves. Gratitude means thankful for everything small, for the small blessings, thankful for all things not good, as well.
Thankfulness is a humorous state of mind, an inner smile, a light heartedness. The thankful person knows that even the smallest grain of resentment, anger, judgement and criticism is poison to their health and happiness.
There are toxic thoughts that attract ill, and push away abundance. These thoughts are mentioned in most books on mind health and have been proven scientifically to cause immune system breakdown. They are anger, resentment, jealousy, criticism, hate, envy, depression and negativity. There are also thoughts that attract health and attract abundance (means people want to be around people with these thoughts) and they are; thankfulness, thankfulness, thankfulness, thankfulness and yes, thankfulness. What you appreciate grows.
This is the biggest problem for entrepreneurs. Because they are like “PAKMAN” – they begin their journey by wanting something so bad, they will do anything to get it. When they get it, or near it, they can’t get out of the habit of wanting. Wanting to change the world, wanting more, wanting better, wanting to do good, wanting to give, wanting to win, wanting bigger, or less. That wanting breeds ingratitude, because wanting breeds discontent. Wanting triggers the entrepreneur to step out and try something, yet, wanting kills the entrepreneur if it always breeds dissatisfaction with what is. Wanting is the poison. Thankfulness the cure.
The art of mastering certainty must come from the opening of the human heart. It is through the human heart that certainty can be felt.
This heart is not the physical heart but an area in the center of the chest where action from below and inspiration from above collide. There is only one sure way to open the human heart.
That is that art of stillness. Stillness is a mindless state in which an individual’s ego is expanded and therefore becomes lost. It is the diametric opposite skill to the development of values based leadership, personal strengths and weaknesses and the accumulation of knowledge of any sort. Knowledge, whether it is about human rights, weather patterns, rocket science, religious history or metaphysics is the impediment to the art of stillness. Even worse are emotions and the physical hunt for pleasure and comfort. Stillness is therefore the art of certainty. An emptiness, the void, the place we fear.
Stillness, however, is not passive. To find stillness requires huge discipline, application and commitment. It can be found by force by sitting in meditation and learning the art of observation rather than reaction to, emotional mind noise. In properly taught meditation (which is extremely rare) the body is placed in a position in which no movement is allowed. Dead still. Once the container is controlled, it becomes obedient to it’s master, the mind. Now, we must still the mind and this is achieved in several ways. One is to fill the mind with a single thought. To chant it, hear it, taste it, think it and see it. The senses fill the mind with a single harmonious thought and that in itself causes the mind to expand beyond human identity.
There is another technique however, one that is a form of meditation in everyday life. This stillness is achieved instantaneously, and with practice, anytime, anywhere. It is the art of mind control.
Your ego can only function in the presumption of better or worse, gooder or badder, nicer or worser, happier or sadder. The Ego can only exist in a world of comparatives in which it, the observer is separated from that which it doesn’t like. (or wishes to be separated) Hence, there is a technique called compassion, in which these separations can be dissolved and stillness achieved, instantaneously, anywhere, any time, but first, you’ll need to get past the blockage of your ego mind.
An entrepreneur has to love their work and if they do, their work will love them back. But false expectations kill that love. The love of anything does not mean, as hippies wished, the lack of challenge. In fact love is the balance of two opposite extremes, the synthesis of all emotion, the balance of support and challenge.to love anything, especially your work, you’ll need to welcome the good news and the bad news with the same enthusiasm.
Support and challenge are two halves of love. The ego wants support, peace, happiness, nice, flower power. This is the ego, wanting to become the God you worship. Me, my, I, us, me. The desire for pleasure is the desire for bliss, wealth, comfort, goodness and self preservation.
The real worship of a higher power comes from action. When we can embrace challenge and destruction with the same energy that we celebrate creation. In the real world it means having a purpose in life greater than self satisfaction.
Learning how to love means learning how to separate your ego (seeking pleasure) from love (unconditional appreciation).
We can love many, many people, but we can’t marry them all. We can have many many children but we can’t own them. WE can do many many things but we can’t reap or control the result of our work. We can love the world, but we can’t stop its evolution. (creation and destruction)To love – really unconditionally love our work or our partner, we must know the difference between emotionally attached (seeking gratification from something or someone) and loving them.
Love seeks no reward, wants no return, love comes from the heart that is appreciative and thankful, full, content. Emotion comes from the mind that wants. In a relationship with another person wanting them, marrying them, expecting them to be who you want them to be is naive love, emotional love, unsustainable love.
Loving someone, unconditionally, really means to let them go, to appreciate them for who they are, to value them without wanting anything, including the desire to help or change them. It frees you to say “I commit to love you forever, but not stay in a marriage with you. Two separate topics. Love and emotion (wanting).
Love – the balance of support and challenge is the ultimate motivation. Here are some affirmative statements to remind you of how to stay inspired in your business, career.
- Spiritual – I am not my work
- Mental – Gratitude is not dependant on me getting what I want
- Health – My body is not me. It is a machine and the wellness of it is not an option
- Social Life – My social life is not my work
- Relationship – My relationship is the emotional foundation for love at work
- Financial – Money is separate to work. Keep risk separate.
- Career – Career is separate to my financial foundation