I was on a special program at the time, where the state would pay half my wages. This businessman, recognizing that my son wasn't mature enough to handle the job, but that I did have the skills needed, offered to pay me a whopping $4 an hour--of which half was paid by the state! He would be out of pocket $2 an hour. "You have to understand, " he said, "washing my car is personal. This is business."
Oh, so business means screwing your workers, I thought. I did not take the job. My attitude toward business was a bit soured after that.
It has always been important to me to be a kind, compassionate, honest person. To recognize that people are more important than money, to live my work life with the same integrity as my personal life. And I always felt divided, like making money would require me to be the kind of person I detest. Like my personal life and my professional life required me to be two different people, living by two different sets of values.
Flying Lessons. Here she promised one CAN have a successful profitable creative business in line with one's values. And then, in the HelloSoul HelloBusiness class, she and Beth Nichols showed me how to create a business culture that expresses the same values I live by!!
Here are some of the values I want my business to express:
*Behaving with Integrity
*Respecting the Earth
*Caring for the Earth's Inhabitants
*Celebrating People of compassionate Power
I am so excited! My business can be a means for living my values! For doing the work -- the soul work--that I feel called to do!
Amen to that!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful and happy revelation. Your excitement is palpable. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for this post Suzanna! I have always felt myself, a repulsion to business. BUT, as an artist one must figure out a way to survive financially etc. This post captures some hope in that area.ReplyDelete
Awesome Suzanna!!! So happy for you!ReplyDelete