Are You Making a Living…or Making a Life?

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life’.”

~ poet & author Maya Angelou

I read something recently from an internet marketer who claimed that to be successful would take at least three years, and the reader should expect to not have time for anything else during the three years. No time for family, friends, vacations or even a day off.

As any good catalyst will do, this article got me thinking about what success means to me. It seems that to this marketer, “success” is defined mainly by how much money he makes – while for me, working 24-7 and ignoring everything and everyone else is another definition of insanity!

When starting your own business, there are two extremes to watch out for: claims that you can make “big money overnight, without lifting a finger!” and those that warn you success is only achieved by “working your fingers to the bone while sacrificing your health, relationships and happiness.”

Any business takes work, especially during the launch and growth phases…and it is absolutely possible to be engaged in building your business, while enjoying the process and making time for your other priorities. The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that you are not under the thumb of a boss, and can structure your business to fit with your life, not fit your life in the few hours left when you are not at a job.

Of course, it all depends on your personal values and vision…

What is your definition of success? Is it earning a million dollars, owning a big house, or driving a fancy car? Is it feeling more freedom to do what brings you joy, being with the people you love, and having the vibrant health to enjoy your life? Is it knowing you can easily support yourself financially, helping the people and charitable causes you believe in, and having resources for unexpected opportunities or challenges?

Many people are stuck in a rut of either a job they dread just to pay the bills, or in the cut-throat mentality of much of the corporate scene. By contrast, a conscious entrepreneur can design their work to be anything they want it to be, while living a life they love and making their own unique and valuable contribution to the world. You have a choice: you have the ability to create a conscious business, one that rises above the rest in quality, service and integrity; at the same time you are creating a conscious life, one of love, joy and meaning.

What will you choose?

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This book features dozens of conscious entrepreneurs ~ including me! ~ who share our wisdom, expertise, stories, lessons and insights about the new and exciting shifts that are happening for entrepreneurs worldwide.

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Update: To order Align, Expand and Succeed – I will be adding a link to purchase here on my site very soon; in the meantime please send me a message through my Contact Page


The Delight is in the Details

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ artist William Morris

I received a lovely email recently from a young woman who purchased a handmade piece of jewelry from my online Etsy shop. She expressed her pleasure in the item she had chosen, and then wrote something that touched me even more – she was surprised and grateful that I had included a hand-written note thanking her for her purchase!

As a conscious business owner, one of the most fulfilling and rewarding efforts you can make is to pay attention to the details. An important aspect of being a conscious entrepreneur is that you are focused on the experience of doing business – for your client or customer, and for yourself and your team. This is very different than the old business model, where productivity and profits matter most. Conscious entrepreneurs know that relationships, service and quality are immensely important.

It really only takes a few minutes to add a little something extra to your products and services: a hand-written note, a special card or small gift, a personal phone call, an ecard, or an unexpected bonus product.  A small yet powerful gesture can show your appreciation for their time, attention and trust.

Take time to make your own list of ways to say “Thank you!” Create a place to collect your gifts and cards, so they are easily accessible when you need them. And then use them!

You never know when a special touch that takes you just a few minutes will make someone’s day brighter, lighter, and more joyful – remember, the delight is in the details!

Indie is also a contributing author to Insights to Create a Conscious Business. This FREE eBook contains insights from dozens of conscious entrepreneurs, all designed to open up your greatest possibility in business.

Creating and Building a Conscious Business teleseminar

On Tuesday, August 31st, 5 of my colleagues are going to share their insights into running a conscious business. Learn what they have done to enjoy the type of business that resonates with their highest calling. Registration is FREE, and includes a copy of our collective ebook, “Insights to Create a Conscious Business.”