Business and entrepreneurship is a tool for healing and spreading love
One of the books that I keep returning to is Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love.
It’s a great, great book, with so much clarity on all kinds of areas of life, including our love lives and our work lives. It’s all interconnected, anyway. You can’t really separate it.
The only caveat is that you need to be comfortable with her religious language. She uses words like God and the Holy Spirit and Miracles, but she’s not really using them in any strict religious or Christian sense.
In my mind, all religions point to one and the same fundamental spiritual truth, they just express it differently, and have been completely corrupted by humans and their egos for hundreds and hundreds of years, almost since the beginning. But just because the churches are screwed up doesn’t make those fundamental spiritual truths wrong.
Her chapter on work opens like this:
Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.
You’re in business to spread love. Your screenplay should spread love. Your hair salon should spread love. Your agency should spread love. Your life should spread love. The key to a successful career is realizing that it’s not separate from the rest of your life, but is rather an extension of your most basic self. And your most basic self is love.
Knowing who you are and why you came here - that you are a child of God and that you came here to heal and be healed - is more important than knowing what you want to do.
What you want to do is not the important question. The question to ask is: “When I do anything, how should I do it?” And the answer is: “Kindly”. People don’t normally associate business with kindness, becaues business has come to be regarded as simply a tool for making money. Miracle-workers are not in business only to make money; they’re in business to inject love into the world.
That’s how I perceive the purpose of our work as entrepreneurs and in business in general: We’re all here to heal and be healed. Business is no different from that. In business, the game is to heal and be healed in a way that supports us financially by providing a service to others.
Business and entrepreneurship is a tool for healing and spreading love.
Simple as that.