Just about anyone who’s ever started a new journey, particularly starting their own business, can tell you that they’ve walked into it with some kind of picture of what a businessman or businesswoman looks like. They are supposed to do this or that, if they want success…. but, never ‘x’ or ‘y.’ (OMG! not x or y!!) LOL!
So, they do the (ahem) ‘businessperson’ for a while until it it becomes clear that it’s just not working. Not only does it not work but often leads to burn out, financial constriction, confusion and walking the paper thin edge of giving up the entire vision. That just doesn’t seem right – the dream, all the energy… vapourized.
Ah, but when all the “supposed-to-be’s” and “do-it-like thats” are lifted, we are left with the simplicity of just serving from our hearts – just as we are…. making mistakes and learning from them… forging ahead and growing. I *loved* this talk by Allen Lim! It touched the place in my heart that he’s been to himself – of finding one’s identity in a big and bold venture. I think it’s a great message for a new perspective and a new year. It’s a great message for me right now and I hope it serves you too.
Special sidenote: This post is warmly dedicated to the colleagues around me who “got this” a long time ago and have shared so much with me. Sending you Love and appreciation. Thank You, from the bottom of my heart. I Love You! ( Do people say I Love You in a business post? Ha! You bet they do! )
We get up in the morning and get ready for work. Maybe we are throwing on a comfy Nike t-shirt or perhaps a sharp-looking Liz Claiborne blazer. We spent the extra bucks for the brand value but what are we really paying for? In this video, which rocked my socks off, you will see where that t-shirt or blazer was made, the working conditions of the person who made it, and maybe consider all of these issues before handing over hard-earned bucks to the companies that create them.
It’s time to balance things in the world so that others might have a decent quality in life as well. I don’t feel great knowing that the person who sewed my Nike gym jacket had to sew it in 6 minutes (or else…), didn’t get to see their children (because they were working 10-14 hour days — 7 days a week!!!), couldn’t have a bathroom break when they needed it. The list goes on. One history (on Disc 2 of The Corporation) spoke of workers (mostly young women, and children) getting hit in the head with their supervisors shoe when they don’t do as they were expected to. Is that what we want for the people who we “share” this planet with? If you ask me, I want everyone to live well, have lots of opportunities to Love and care for their children, feel good about going to work, and get treated with respect and dignity.
How much profit is enough? Is it really necessary to spend so much on branding and marketing? Here’s an idea….
Why not pay the workers well and market their smiles? Why not show us how we are helping to make their lives better by buying these products?
How about a new mission for Corporations – A global vision for balanced profits?? Without it, without this shift, the system is nothing but a plundering one and world can no longer afford it – economically, spiritually or globally. There is a shift and we are all – best served in voicing our opinions to exact the change.