Could Business Be the Best Path to Growth and Happiness?
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
― Albert Einstein (Tweet This)
The economy has been painful for families and businesses. But at least it’s causing people to “wake up” and demand more consciousness and integrity in work.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that more people than ever want to find meaningful work that does more than pay the bills. They’re done with just making money and buying more crap. People want to make a difference and matter, while maintaining a nice standard of living.
For more than a decade, while climbing the corporate ladder in finance, software, and venture capital, I didn’t take fulfillment at work seriously either. I didn’t even think about it. At Stanford I took engineering, language, and accounting classes. They didn’t have a “Fulfillment 101” there or in any school I ever attended!
After I left a big software company to travel and figure out what I wanted to do next, I started to wonder. Rather than starting a technology company that builds another internet widget no one needs, how could I bring integrity to business?
What if you could work with people you like, respect, and trust? What if you could bring your “full self” to work? What if you could create meaningful work based on values like trust, authenticity, and play, combining the best of capitalism (money) and Buddhism (happiness)?
You Are a Unique Genius
Since then, I’ve seen this clearly. You — in fact, anyone — can combine fulfillment and money in a business and make “money through enjoyment.”
Whether or not you feel special or you are tapping into your superpowers, you’re a 1-in-7 billion unique person. You are extraordinary.
A few ways you are unique:
- No one has your set of life experiences, including all your struggles, challenges, and lessons.
- No one has the same purpose or spiritual life plan as you.
- No one has the same values, talents, visions, “superpowers,” or message.
What does this mean? In business terms, there are people & businesses in the world that only you can help, in ways that no one else can. Out of the billions of people on the planet, there are dozens, thousands, or millions of people who need a unique kind of help from you.
And what can be a productive way to find and serve them? Through business! Because what do businesses of integrity do? They help people by solving problems and serving them, both locally and around the world.
By consciously discovering and expressing yourself in your work, you can create a fulfilling business that makes a difference in the lives of others.
Could Business Be Your Spiritual Path?
Your spiritual path to greater purpose, intuition, and abundance may not be through meditation, yoga, attending retreats, or volunteering (even though they may be important to you). Could your main path to consciousness be through business?
Personal growth comes from overcoming fears and self-doubts and from growing in love for yourself and others. Why can’t business be a tremendous opportunity to grow for you? It can be more than just something you do to pay the bills or something that causes great stress?
- You can find purpose, intuition, and self-love through your work.
- You can find confidence, clarity, and community through business.
- You can work in integrity, aligned with values such as trust, play, and service.
- You can make plenty of money helping people, doing what you love.
All in all, you will want to start your own business or project so you can express yourself. Start playing with ideas. If you could start a dream business, what would you do? Play with this “on the side,” and let it take shape and grow over a year or two.
Take Baby Steps and Practice Patience
If there is one thing to take away as a next step, it should be to start spending less time around toxic or negative people, and start spending more time around inspiring and positive people.
It will make a huge difference to your own clarity and confidence! If you need to make money, there’s no dishonor in having a day job to support yourself, while incubating your passion ideas on the side. You don’t have to work on a business full-time! In fact, doing so usually creates more stress than it’s worth, blocking your intuition, creativity, and growth.
It can take several years to have ideas, turn them into a business that can’t fail, then grow it it to the point where you have integrated money and fulfillment. Accept that there can be serious challenges along the way; that’s part of the journey. Commitment, baby steps, and patience are critical to your path. Never, never, never give up!
— Aaron “air” Ross
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After years in software, venture capital, and the corporate world, Aaron Ross created Pebblestorm, which is helping create a community of 100 million people “making money through enjoyment” by creating work based on values like trust, integrity and play. He shows people how to discover their “Unique Genius” and turn it into a fulfilling business that can’t fail. Aaron is the author of two books, the Amazon bestseller Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into A Sales Machine With The $100 Million Best Practices Of Salesforce.com and CEOFlow: Turn Your Employees Into Mini-CEOs.