You’re frustrated. Because your whole life you’ve been told something that you’re convinced doesn’t have to be true.
You’ve always been told you have to choose.
You can do good in the world.
Or you can do well.
And you’ve always wondered if you can bring your best self to your work, if you can create an environment for your people to do their best work, if you can create products and services that serve the world rather than deplete it, and you can create and enjoy abundance, too.
But on the rare occasions when you talk with someone about what you really want, about what you see as possible, people look at you like you’re crazy.
And then they go back to complaining and doing what they have always done. Sacrificing their soul for the sake of a paycheck. Or sacrificing their well-being for the sake of a cause.
You know you’re not crazy. You know this is a false choice. But why haven’t you taken action? What’s getting in the way?
Your success is your biggest obstacle.
Maybe you’re thinking about starting a company. Maybe you’re beginning to scale. Maybe you’re even preparing for a sale. But it’s not quite right. Every time you have to do something that doesn’t quite feel right, that you have to pick the short term bottom line over what’s right for the long term, that you have to work all weekend one more time, you die a little. But most people would think you are crazy if you told them you’re unhappy, that it’s somehow not enough.
After all, you’re a founder. You’re living the dream, right?
I understand. I’ve been there. It can feel crazy to risk your material success for something that feels more present, more purposeful.
You’re afraid that you can’t have both money and meaning.
I assure you that’s not the case.
I’ve worked with people who got the role they wanted with the company they wanted and got a pay increase (sometimes a big one) in the process.
I’ve worked with people who have created new roles within the same company so that they could pursue a lifelong passion.
I’ve worked with founders who reworked their businesses to create more meaning, and it turned out that more profit showed up, too.
I’ve even worked with exhausted founders who sold their businesses and found happiness and fulfillment in what followed.
I can assure you that meaning and money, purpose and prosperity, can coexist quite happily, if you are willing to let them.
Do you want to know the secret?
It’s to see that you are much bigger than you think you are.
To see that the bundle of insecurities you have been calling “you” is only what you have been thinking.
But you are the thinker. Or more specifically, you, the real you, is the space in which your experience arises. The presence, the intelligence, the unlimited creative potential that is looking out of your eyes.
You are a creator. The same energy that is creating the universe is creating your life.
And most of us are innocently creating a lot of messy thinking.
When you see how often those thoughts change, how insubstantial they actually are, you don’t suddenly create the ability to control what pops into your head. But somehow, all that thinking slows down.
And in the space that emerges, other possibilities appear.
A direction to look. Maybe a step to take.
You might not know everything at first.
You might not know all the specifics. You don’t need to.
You just need to take the first step in the new direction that’s calling.
I can help you see what’s next and take action to create it.
If you would like to talk, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-922-9272, or use this link to schedule time for a conversation.
I look forward to speaking with you.