I didn’t know how to express my thoughts on this subject in a blog post, but I had a lot of ideas and concepts. Spiritual Entrepreneur was one of them.
Then, by chance, I came across Richard Branson’s definition of what it means to be an Entrepreneur. I was astounded at the clarity of his response.
Richard Branson Explains it like
“Being an entrepreneur simply entails wanting to make a difference in other people’s lives.”
Making a difference and improving other people’s lives are the keywords.
- 1 What is Spiritual Entrepreneurship, and how does it differ from other types of entrepreneurship?
- 2 Who are your favorite Spiritual Entrepreneurs?
- 3 What You Should Expect From a Spiritual Entrepreneur
- 4 What Does It Take to Be a Spiritual Entrepreneur?
- 5 7 Signs You’re a Spiritual Entrepreneur
- 5.1 There Are Several Types Of Spiritual Entrepreneurs.
- 5.2 1. Your motivation to serve stems from a personal change or inspiration.
- 5.3 2. Your job’s main aim is to offer good service.
- 5.4 3. Even if you weren’t paid to do it, you would still perform the task.
- 5.5 4. Even if it doesn’t make sense to you logically, you hear an inner call.
- 5.6 5. You choose to put your faith in the continuous flow of wealth that is always available to you.
- 5.7 6. Fear’s voice is overpowered by passion.
- 5.8 7. You’re ready to break from tradition and push the limits.
- 6 A SPIRITUAL ENTREPRENEUR’S PERSONALITY IN A NUTSHELL
- 7 3. NOT ONE, NOT ZERO – but rather ABUNDANCE.
- 8 4. THINK VISION FIRST, AND RESOURCES SECOND
- 9 5. INVEST IN PERSONAL AND TEAM DEVELOPMENT.
- 10 6. BELIEVE THIS IS BIGGER THAN THEM
- 11 7. SHIP FIRST, IMPROVE LATER
- 12 8. WITH AMBIGUITY, THEY’RE PERFECTLY FINE
- 13 9. WITHOUT A WARRANTY OF SUCCESS, WOULD YOU RISK YOUR ENTIRE MONEY?
- 14 10. NEVER WAIT FOR CONSENSUS
- 15 11. WHILE THEY ARE ACTING, THE CRITICS WILL TALK ABOUT HOW YOU COULD PERFORM BETTER.
- 16 12. BREAK RULES
- 17 Conclusion
What is Spiritual Entrepreneurship, and how does it differ from other types of entrepreneurship?
I’ve heard others describe Spiritual Entrepreneurship as any project that puts people ahead of money. That is one aspect of it, but I believe it goes far beyond simply putting individuals first.
Being a spiritual entrepreneur is about allowing God to work through you in the world. Your motivation comes from an act of love and compassion. There’s no talk about what I can get out of it.
Spiritual entrepreneurs are motivated by a variety of questions, including:
- How can I make a positive impact on the world?
- What can I do to relieve suffering?
- How can I make something beautiful?
Who are your favorite Spiritual Entrepreneurs?
The late Buckminster Fuller is one of our all-time favorite spiritual entrepreneurs. Fuller was an inventor, writer, lecturer, philosopher, architect, and more.
He was a genuine generalist (a jack of all trades) who wrote over 20 books. For over twenty years, he traveled the world giving lectures on how we may better society.
After the death of his young child, he considered suicide at a young age. He had the insight that suicide would be a selfish act and that he would not benefit or help anybody, including his wife, if he killed himself.
He resolved to go against his own better judgment and destroy his ego by committing “egocide” (ending the concept of an individual ego). He committed himself to finding out what one man could accomplish on behalf of all humanity.
For the rest of his life, he dedicated himself to making a difference in other people’s lives.
The story of Fuller’s has been a great inspiration for me, and I recommend learning more about him.
What You Should Expect From a Spiritual Entrepreneur
- Spiritual entrepreneurs are entirely conscious that they are a part of God’s creation.
- Spiritual entrepreneurs have found that reducing their Ego (or eliminating it completely) is an important aspect of success.
- Spiritual entrepreneurs only create items or services that help and enlighten humanity.
- Spiritual entrepreneurs are a testament to God’s love and creative energy.
- Spiritual entrepreneurs set a good example for others and inspire them.
- Spiritual entrepreneurs are not in it for the money.
- Spiritual entrepreneurs embrace the concept of entrepreneurship because they have no choice.
So if you feel you may be a spiritual entrepreneur, keep going; don’t give up! The world needs you!
What Does It Take to Be a Spiritual Entrepreneur?
It irritates me that this industry criticizes spiritual entrepreneurs for not being good enough when it is the cause that most of us remained small, kept our talents hidden, or simply haven’t stepped into our full power.
Even in its railing against the “old and antiquated” car dealer approach, the online marketing and coaching business has merely produced a “new and improved” (NOT!) version of precisely what it is railing against. The majority of the sales tactics and marketing initiatives are intended to make you feel bad about yourself in order for you to buy or get a program. In other words, YOU ARE BEING SHAMED INTO BUYING.
Here’s The Straight Scoop On It:
1. You are already good enough.
2. Yes, you will need to do sales calls if you want to expand your company enough to make a lot of money; however, this does not imply that you must go out seeking clients. Attracting your ideal customer to you is far more successful and satisfying than chasing down people.
3. Yes, you do need to take action in order to attract customers. You must execute some form of marketing on a regular basis – and there are several options, so feel free to choose whatever makes you happy.
4. It takes something special to be a real entrepreneur. And being a SPIRITUAL entrepreneur is NOT the SAME as simply being an entrepreneur. I’m glad for Olympic athletes, but I’m sick of hearing “experts” tell me that “successful individuals” have all pushed themselves to the brink of agony in order to achieve success. Nope. You’ve already been through lifetimes of excruciating pain, execution, and being shunned; why would you want to repeat it as a spiritual entrepreneur? (AS IF!)
5. If you want to start a business that will endure and not drain you physically, emotionally, or financially, there are numerous things you may do about it—change your business model, increase fees, build a staff, obtain volunteers. But you don’t have to take a million certifications and programs just because someone said you needed it – or because you feel like you’re not good enough to be paid for what you already know. You’re familiar with this… “When the student is ready, he will appear.”
6. It will take time. Most spiritual entrepreneurs must begin slowly and gradually integrate new ideas as they go. And when you’re stepping out into the world after enduring lifetimes of persecution for being who you are… well, it’s not simple. That’s where friendship can be really beneficial.
7. When it’s not what most of us are here to do, the high-end coaching industry has made a considerable amount of money by converting individuals like you and me into business coaches or money mentors. The sector has actually made it more difficult to sell anything that isn’t sex, money, or how much someone weighs. Here’s the deal. There is another approach to it. And you’re an expert at it. It’s called EXPRESSING YOUR ACTUAL GIFTS. No, not for anything or in exchange for something else. Value yourself, please. Attracting potential clients and seeing whether they are a match to work with you might be aided by offering complimentary or paid strategy sessions or mini-readings.
So, are you ready to be a spiritual entrepreneur?
Those factors don’t make you or prevent you from being an entrepreneur, and they do not imply that you will fail.
What will get you there is simply showing up, doing what it takes to acquire customers, getting paid, and being of service. For that, you may need some assistance and support – which is how most of those other entrepreneurs (including me) have done it.
You Are A Spiritual Entrepreneur If:
- You’re firmly anchored in your faith.
- You’re open to learning and progress.
- That’s why you’re going to need to spend a lot of money in order to achieve your goal on Earth.
- You’re willing to take calculated risks.
- You are COMMITTED to becoming more and more powerful as YOU and representing your own personal brand.
- You have a strong desire to help people and the environment…
- You have a strong WANT to TELL people about your talents and get paid well for them…
- You’re willing to put your money where it counts, and this is what matters.
- You have an INSIDE DRIVE to develop, thrive, and make a difference.
- You take initiative, are responsible, and are accountable.
- You’re ready to venture into uncomfortable territory, confront yourself, and take a risk.
You Are NOT A Spiritual Entrepreneur If:
- You’re either dedicated to railing against money or you believe that it’s unethical to exchange spiritual talents for cash.
- You are a coward at heart.
- You are inclined to point fingers or blame astronomical/astrological events or even the planets themselves for your problems.
- You disguise your fear of doing something by resorting to spirituality as an excuse.
- You don’t want to make a lot of money, and you don’t need to.
- You prefer to give your services for free, trade, or barter.
- You’re griping about not having enough money to hire an assistant or coach, but you somehow find the funds for more and more modality certifications or spiritual retreats in other countries.
- You aren’t held accountable.
- When you’re a free agent, you really enjoy working for others (such as being paid to work at a clinic) and having a steady income rather than having to create your own.
I hope this helps you to understand yourself better since that is where it all begins: remembering who you are.
7 Signs You’re a Spiritual Entrepreneur
Personally, I’ve known a person who has been a spiritual entrepreneur for almost 20 years. One of my most important goals is to help individuals discover and pursue their passions — work that is meaningful, worthwhile, and enjoyable!
Over the years, it’s become clear to me that there are a lot of spiritual entrepreneurs who don’t even realize it yet. They may be doubting whether or not they can call themselves spiritual entrepreneurs. So in this article, I’ll demystify what it means to be a spiritual entrepreneur and help you embrace your calling with confidence!
There Are Several Types Of Spiritual Entrepreneurs.
We usually think of entrepreneurs as either individual who own physical enterprises or startup CEOs. But, believe it or not, there are several other methods to be an entrepreneur!
You are an entrepreneur if you run a company for yourself in any capacity, whether it be full-time or as a side business. It might be your primary employment or simply a supplementary source of income. Perhaps you’re an independent contractor who works as a writer, artist, web designer, or in any other field.
You could be a life coach, yoga instructor, therapist, or healer. When people hear the phrase “spiritual entrepreneur,” they usually picture someone who does spiritual work in an unconventional way.
Finally, it’s possible that all you have right now is a vision and a want. That’s also wonderful. Let us celebrate whatever situation you are in right now.
If you’re afraid to call yourself an entrepreneur because it makes you uncomfortable, or if the idea of being an entrepreneur intimidates you, I understand. But I urge you to be ready to regard yourself as a spiritual entrepreneur so that your desired profession may manifest itself.
Check out my list of seven signs you’re a spiritual entrepreneur to see if they resonate with you. Are any of them familiar? When reading them, how do you feel? Which ones do you live and which ones would you want to live?
1. Your motivation to serve stems from a personal change or inspiration.
To my knowledge, there are no books about spirituality for junkies already published. I wrote Spirit Junkie in an attempt to communicate with other people who have suffered similar circumstances or have become interested in developing their own spiritual practice since being clean from drugs and alcohol.
I became clean, and after a few years, I became a sponsor for several young ladies in my program. Sponsoring other young women, as well as studying A Course in Miracles and various spiritual texts have led me to pursue the career of a spiritual life coach.
Whether it’s a large life change like mine or something more modest, your personal transformation or inspiration may be a significant life change. Maybe you decided to become a dietitian after making positive changes to your health. Perhaps you discovered that creating jewelry was a source of great pleasure in your life, and now you want to share it with others.
Do it Next
If you’re not completely clear on the transformation or motivation behind your project, write down your thoughts in your diary and respond to this issue. Don’t hesitate to go crazy with it. Just let yourself go.
What are some of the most memorable experiences that have motivated me to pursue this line of work?
2. Your job’s main aim is to offer good service.
Do you wish to contribute to the well-being of others while working? We are compelled by a desire to serve and uplift others as spiritual entrepreneurs. The Universe is always opening doors in your service energy’s direction.
There are several services that we might provide. Remember that the first service is the energy you bring. When we make our pleasure a top priority, bright ideas will come readily, support will be there for us, and movements will emerge. People who are genuinely joyful are naturally generous in their actions.
There’s one thing I want to be very clear about: You can provide excellent service and run a successful company. Charging for your outstanding services allows you to do so to your maximum capacity!
Do it Now
This free-writing exercise helps you to identify numerous services.
- Make a list of individuals, businesses, and organizations who have aided you in living a better life.
- Take a look at the items on your list. What did you find most interesting? What does this tell you about what it means to be of service?
3. Even if you weren’t paid to do it, you would still perform the task.
When I was sponsoring young women in my rehabilitation group, I wasn’t being compensated. And yet it’s some of the most gratifying labor I’ve ever done.
If you adore your job so much that you’d do it no matter what, you’re a spiritual entrepreneur in the making! If you haven’t started a business but want to, pay attention to what truly makes you feel energized and alive!
- What activities make you genuinely happy?
- What are your interests?
- When are you truly in the zone?
Follow your passions and the Universe will assist you in every way.
4. Even if it doesn’t make sense to you logically, you hear an inner call.
You have a feeling that this is what you need to do. I recall Joan of Arc saying, “I am not afraid of men-at-arms; my path has been revealed to me.” When we hear a calling, we realize that no obstacle is insurmountable and that we are being led and assisted.
We do not always receive transcendent guidance that makes sense to the human mind. It might be totally different from your present job. It might imply spending money on schooling or training. It could surprise you, inspire you, or terrify you because it appears so enormous.
If you have an inner urging, follow the guidance you receive. You might even want to talk with your spirit guide and obtain further advice on this issue. This may be accomplished by free-writing following a meditation.
I find it beneficial to write in my journal, “Thank you, guides of the highest truth and compassion, for informing me about __________.” While you’re still in that receptive and connected place after meditation, free-write for at least 10 minutes. Allow knowledge to come through during this time.
5. You choose to put your faith in the continuous flow of wealth that is always available to you.
You may not be entirely convinced of this idea in the constant stream of wealth at this time. However, as a spiritual entrepreneur, you’re learning to trust in it more and more.
You’re ready, to be honest about what holds you back from the abundant life, and you make spiritual efforts to build your faith in abundance. You believe that the Universe is on your side!
A MONEY MANTRA FOR ABUNDANCE
There’s a simple phrase you may repeat anytime your thoughts begin to wander into old-fashioned terror-based beliefs. It’s quite easy: “I am receptive to new ideas.”
When you say this mantra, you’re asking for the Universe’s assistance. You’re giving up your worries and outdated ideas to the Universe in order to look at things from a more loving perspective. When you repeat this phrase, you’ll notice possibilities for earning that you otherwise might have overlooked. Even if you didn’t realize or expect it, you’ll attract exactly what you need.
When we begin to open up to our creative potential, that’s when our awareness is opened to see the wealth surrounding us at all times. You’ll begin to notice plenty all around you! Cultivate an awareness of the riches that surround you and allow yourself to feel grateful for them. This will enhance the prosperity of your life.
6. Fear’s voice is overpowered by passion.
It’s not that you don’t experience fear as a spiritual person and spiritual entrepreneur. Fear may be extremely loud at times because starting and running a business is a lot of responsibility, in which case it isn’t surprising.
Following your passion is a brave decision! The ego’s shrill voice hates gutsy. Your ego wants to “protect” you by convincing you to play it safe at all costs. As a result, you may anticipate it to pipe up frequently.
While fear may always be roaring, you are fully aware that it is not real. Your inner guide’s passionate, wise, and loving voice guides you. Yes, fear can sometimes disrupt your alignment. It might happen every day in little ways. However, as soon as you discover that you’ve detoured into fear, you act.
Praying a prayer such as, “I acknowledge that I am out of alignment with my power. Instead of seeing conflict, I choose to see peace.”
7. You’re ready to break from tradition and push the limits.
In his 2009 TED Talk, entitled “The Tribes We Lead,” marketing guru Seth Godin asks three key questions to his audience. When you’re developing change, connecting people, and starting a movement, these are the questions to ask yourself.
The first question is, “Who are you offending?” Seth asks this because he notes that “If you aren’t upsetting anyone, you’re not changing anything.”
However, this does not imply that you should try to be a provocateur just for the sake of attracting attention. For all purposes, you don’t need to broadcast or engage in provocative conduct. That’s not conducive to teamwork and doesn’t benefit anybody but your ego.
The courage to be genuine and vulnerable is what makes connections and revolutions possible.
It implies that you should introspect and ask yourself: Am I being genuine? Is it okay for me to be passionate about what I do? Or am I afraid of others thinking badly of me if I express myself too strongly?
As a spiritual entrepreneur, you must be able to connect with your real self. Say what truly matters to you since others will respond to what is genuine and significant for you. Authenticity and vulnerability are what build connections and events. That’s how you attract the people who are searching for what you’re selling!
A SPIRITUAL ENTREPRENEUR’S PERSONALITY IN A NUTSHELL
1. THINK BIG
Small thinking kills far too many entrepreneurs:
- We don’t have enough of anything.
- It won’t happen.
- Stop fantasizing
- That’s plenty for now.
- Who will pay for it?
Small thinking should never dull the imaginations of leaders who serve an infinite God.
When it comes to spirituality, many people are misled into thinking that spiritual entrepreneurs are the norm. They believe in big ideas.
They aim toward the future, not the present.
Every barrier becomes a stepping stone to their aspirations.
2. I TRUST THAT GOD HAS THE POWER TO DO IT.
We believe in a God who created beautiful things out of nothing. Why should we expect our church to be any different?
Many spiritual entrepreneurs believe he will. They see him do it, and they feel confident in his ability to succeed.
They would agree with Henry Ford’s statement that, “Whether you think you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re correct.”
Before you write this off as nothing more than positive thinking nonsense, consider that Jesus was unable to work many miracles in his hometown owing to people’s lack of belief. Then he walked on water and fed 5,000 people in those towns with faith because they had confidence.
The most successful spiritual entrepreneurs believe God can. They also see him do it.
3. NOT ONE, NOT ZERO – but rather ABUNDANCE.
Spiritual entrepreneurs are not concerned with scarcity.
Give a struggling church $10,000 and they’ll believe they’re broke and have to save money.
Give $10,000 to a spiritual entrepreneur, and he’ll see it as the initial step toward launching something huge.
5 leaders are fatal to a dying church.
It’s only the beginning for a spiritual entrepreneur.
The same facts. A different frame of mind. Everything depends on how you look at things.
4. THINK VISION FIRST, AND RESOURCES SECOND
What is the ordering of things? Vision or resources?
Spiritual entrepreneurs are used to the notion that vision comes before money.
Casting a large vision (a firm, on-mission vision) generally results in considerable resources down the road.
It’s a recipe for disaster to wait for big resources before attempting to achieve a vision.
5. INVEST IN PERSONAL AND TEAM DEVELOPMENT.
Spiritual entrepreneurs aren’t big spenders, but they do have a difference between a cost and an investment.
They comprehend that investing in themselves and their team is a long-term investment.
There are restrictions, but smart spiritual entrepreneurs will frequently spend at least 10% of all funds received on themselves and their team.
Spiritual entrepreneurs see personal and team growth as investments, not expenses.
6. BELIEVE THIS IS BIGGER THAN THEM
The most popular complaint leveled against spiritual entrepreneurs is that they have huge egos and it’s all about them.
That’s sometimes the case.
That’s not usually the case, however.
A great ego does not always imply a big ego.
The finest spiritual entrepreneurs submit to God and are dedicated to a goal that is much larger than themselves.
Humility and a strong desire to achieve the goal go hand in hand.
Consider it this way. The reason that we are discussing Paul 2000 years later is that Paul’s work was focused on Jesus and the church’s mission.
Your vision will die with you if it is all about you. Spiritual entrepreneurs understand this.
7. SHIP FIRST, IMPROVE LATER
Entrepreneurship is not for perfectionists.
If you haven’t moved forward on your plan yet because you’re waiting for the ideal scenario or a particular outcome, you’ll wait a long time.
I get a lot of inquiries from people who email me every time (usually after attending a church conference with lots of resources) and inquire whether new construction, greater illumination, or relocation to a mobility venue will help them develop.
I always tell people that it won’t happen (here’s why).
Big churches never spring forth from modest beginnings. They generally begin very modestly. But because they are led by spiritual entrepreneurs, those entrepreneurs at every stage turned whatever they had into something remarkable.
A spiritual entrepreneur may start a growing church in a decaying building with little financial investment.
Then they make all of the upgrades after the facilities and resources expand.
8. WITH AMBIGUITY, THEY’RE PERFECTLY FINE
The most common response from a spiritual entrepreneur is, “I have no idea. We’ll just do it.”
That is an amazing idea.
If you’ve already figured everything out before you launch it, your goal isn’t big enough.
9. WITHOUT A WARRANTY OF SUCCESS, WOULD YOU RISK YOUR ENTIRE MONEY?
Many leaders long for a guarantee.
Because it’s a risk, there are no guarantees.
That’s fine with spiritual entrepreneurs.
Most spiritual entrepreneurs are determined to die trying. They don’t always try, but the fact that they are willing to make a difference is important.
Ironically, if a spiritual entrepreneur has a solid plan that is on the mission, they are rarely unsuccessful. But in order to succeed, you must be willing to fail.
10. NEVER WAIT FOR CONSENSUS
Too many churches will only advance if everyone agrees.
That’s a big mistake.
Courage is exterminated by consensus. Ideas are watered down and worthy of the committee that created them long before you reach consensus.
Spiritual entrepreneurs are rarely alone (at least the clever ones don’t). They’re willing to move ahead with a group of early adopters, knowing that once they see it working, most will eventually buy into whatever it is.
11. WHILE THEY ARE ACTING, THE CRITICS WILL TALK ABOUT HOW YOU COULD PERFORM BETTER.
The naysayers will go on and on.
This is something spiritual entrepreneurs are well aware of.
They aren’t hindered by naysayers who deride what others do and accomplish little themselves.
What is the best defense against critics?
By taking action.
Act while the critics talk. You’ll get something done. They won’t.
12. BREAK RULES
Naturally, you should never violate biblical principles. And spiritual leaders of renown almost never do so. Their integrity is unassailable.
But, if you want to challenge the current order, you’ll need to break some human norms.
Breakthroughs are never traditional. Why is that?
The most important thing to remember is that innovation never asks for permission. It’s only concerned with innovating.
A spiritual entrepreneur. You don’t want to be restricted to just one or the other – you want a life full of both richness and depth, as well as a business that’s simple and efficient. In your line of work, you’ll need both a significant influence on the world and the freedom to live an abundance lifestyle.
When your company is in a flourishing momentum, your personal and relational lives may be negatively impacted. You’ll notice more bumps on your business trip as a result of giving greater conscious attention to your spiritual life and the people you care about most.
The major issue in your mind is, “How can I have a successful business, intimate life, and the relational world?” To live out the idealistic spiritual entrepreneur lifestyle fully.
You may have a life in which your company prospers, your spiritual life is robust, and your relationships thrive. I’ve done research on what kinds of methods frequently succeed—and which ones don’t—amongst other spiritual individuals seeking to build meaningful, grace-filled lives.