By now, you know that every so often I get this compelling emotion to stand on an Okanagan mountaintop and shout with glee about the joys of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Whether it is visiting the artistic talent in Santa Fe, New Mexico, or recently exploring the spiritual Haleakala volcano on Maui, there are entrepreneurs everywhere you look.
Imagine my joy from those experiences—I felt right at home and everyone was wonderfully generous with their art information.
This has prompted me to share my thoughts on the realm of inspirational entrepreneurship, something passed on to me from the many talented, dedicated artists and others I met on these recent trips.
A thought comes to mind quickly that I read in a book recently: “We don’t need to push life so much as we need to experience it more elegantly, to be motivated more by inspiration than by ambition.”
Let me conceptualize a story of inspirational imagery right here in our Okanagan playground where entrepreneurship is just outside the door.
One day last spring, I was visiting a vineyard in Summerland while taking some raw video footage for a wine industry pilot with my friend and colleague from OKBC TV, Humberto Morales.
As the vintner was showing us around and talking about his plans for the future, I couldn’t help but ask him: “You don’t have much land here. How can you get bigger?”
The vintner replied, “I don’t want to get bigger, I want to get better.”
I experienced a strong emotion thinking about that philosophy for many days afterward. Personal growth has no limits, everything else does.
Entrepreneurial ventures can grow more profitable by becoming better, or leaner or deeper or more concentrated without becoming bigger.
Bigness, in both business and in life, can lead to a lack of focus, too much complexity, and in the end, too much to control.
So let’s look at the “small is beautiful l” school of entrepreneurship and seek an opportunity to learn how to bring more creativity, definitely more inspiration and fun into your entrepreneurial journey.
Try and envision if your new or existing venture would be better if you knew:
How to find inspiration all around you?
How to make your business a creative adventure?
How to use your venture to make a difference in our complicated world?
How to market through the law of attraction?
How to gather unfailing support for your dreams?
Dozens of ideas for enriching your entrepreneurial dream daily?
How to form creative and enriching collaborations?
To achieve inspiration we need to learn how to integrate more of those previous elements into our venture as well as learn how to outsmart resistance and operate from our entrepreneurial core.
All of this learning can place us in a highly interactive setting with plenty of attention to the specific challenges of your business creation.
For example, it is our strong belief that the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society (www.OVeSociety.org) is an excellent option for you to explore your inspirational foundational development.
Why? Because my friends, if you discover where to look, you’ll find an entreprenurial hotbed teeming with creativity and boldness.
In fact, the society is a perfect classroom for nurturing your entrepreneurial spirit.
Within the walls of the society, we’ll take a look at the way others combine creativity and commerce.
We’ll spend time together studying the behaviours and attitudes of those whose imagination contributed to their citadel of success.
And, importantly, we can discover ideas from other businesses, big and small, that can make your ventures better.
Inspirational entrepreneurship takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey of reality as it seems ingrained in us to either sacrifice our dreams and our deeper self in return for a regular compensation of sort, or follow our heart and do something with our lives that inspires us and is meaningful—but holds no “absolute” for financial success or security.
Too few of us understand the vocational dimension of work—that it can be a blessing that we love, and which allows our greatest talents and unique gifts to flow out and serve others in our world.
This can be the work ethic of joy that can manifest itself in entrepreneurial endeavours.
This point is wonderfully expressed by Kahlil Gabran in her book The Prophet: “Your work is your love made visible.”
Added to that—George Sheehan, author writes, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
Your desire to discover the entrepreneurial journey you were born to do is not a selfish act but a spiritual impulse, I would suggest to you.
When your work is on the canvas of life onto which you express your soul, it is the road you were meant to travel.
It is moving beyond sacrifice to inspiration, beyond dilemma to authenticity and leading to a wonderful life of meaning and success.
So I gently urge you to explore your inspirational entrepreneurial venture life with a few tips for overcoming such perception of resistance.
Commitment to turn up and take some action, even baby steps. The tiniest of steps build your momentum and bring your dreams to life
Develop your courage. Feel the fear, guilt, doubt but act in the face of them; don’t wait for them to subside. Engage with your fears to grow bigger than the fear itself.
Learn the how to information and strategies. Educate yourself and learn what you need to move forward
Don’t try to solve the problems you don’t have yet. We can waste so much time and energy worrying. Act now, and deal with the future when you are there.
Get higher quality problems—we all have problems so focus on problems you’d love to have such as having too many clients to be able to service.
Surround yourself with positive people. Isolation is the biggest entrepreneurial dream killer and the belief, as love and encouragement of others helps you bust through.
So, Okanagan Valley entrepreneurs, step into your greater power, keep your focus on contribution; you have the unique gifts and the world needs what you have. So give us what you’ve got.
And embrace as a new personal mantra a quote from one of our Okanagan friends, Crystal Flaman: “Aim not only to become best in the world —but, also the best for the world.”