How can one not to grow and evolve in a journey as rich and intense as that of entrepreneurship? What a fertile opportunity to constantly surpass oneself, to discover one’s capabilities, one’s professional and personal development! It is very true, the entrepreneur is constantly confronted with his fears, the biggest of which are probably the fear of bankruptcy and failure. In this article, I seek to illustrate how spirituality is expressed in an entrepreneurial context.
I would also like to clarify that the concept of spirituality, as I refer to it, relates from a philosophical point of view, to express the opposition of interiority and exteriority, in search of meaning and hope as well as the processes associated with this quest, more specifically, personal development.
You are the prophet of your company
In a business setting, rationality is certainly essential to make decisions based on facts and take measures according to specific programs. Finances are observable facts that you have to face, like your bank account balance, which is very real, and certainly not imagined! However, and I believe this is particularly true in entrepreneurship, a part of spirituality must be articulated in different forms in order to maintain and build the entrepreneur’s dream. This dream will then be transformed into a vision from which the founder will embark on a most unpredictable journey to achieve his many goals.
This vision is a projected image, which will then be translated from his mind into the real world. The entrepreneur must be able to plan his execution from a simple vision of things, then guide the people who will accompany him in his professional objective. This is based on absolute confidence that the dream is achievable and can be realized. Aside from the projected vision and conviction of the instigator of this dream, what proof is there really of the possibility of its realization? Nonetheless, we choose to follow and be guided by the entrepreneur, the prophet who tells us about the future of his business, as he sees it, and we believe it, because he believes it.
The reality is, when you start a business, especially without a financial safety net, perhaps even without any experience in the field in which you are venturing (like me 😊), you must have a deep faith that it can work. This belief is not rational or based on rock-solid facts or statistics. And even if we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who believe in us, or if we have had successes in the past, this does not offer any guarantees for the present. However, this belief, based on hope and the desire to succeed in what is undertaken, is the fuel that will power the journey, from the idea into taking action.
Of course, starting a business requires a lot of personal sacrifices and an important deployment of psychological resources because many times along this path you will feel like you are hitting a wall. So when you are faced with so many obstacles, it can be easy to collapse and feel like giving up. This is when the entrepreneur must learn to maintain and nourish this faith. The positive outcomes of the journey certainly help, but in the end one cannot let the hardships cancel the course. Those who achieve this will be able to reach their goals and live their dreams.
The obstacles that generate growth
We often talk about resilience or tenacity as being the results of listening to our inner voice that tells us with unwavering faith that we will someday achieve our goals. With each disappointment, we must once again reach into this faith, this confidence of having the energy and the resources to meet each new challenge. And this voice, we hope it will always be there to give us this entrepreneurial survival boost.
With the experience and the years passing, the entrepreneur will keep on facing new obstacles, not only at the beginning of his journey, and the tests and challenges can be even more important as the company expands and grows. However, as long as the entrepreneur can tap into this faith, a faith that led him through his stormy beginnings, he will be able to navigate the troubled waters. The day he no longer has this faith, or that it begins to waver, the effects on his business will quickly be felt and his leadership will gradually weaken as well.
Intuition or inspired creativity
Entrepreneurs must always be actively creative, whether it is to find solutions to problems, for marketing, for product creation or innovation. Those who think that the great ideas of an entrepreneur come out of luck are mistaken. It is not a lottery or a game of chance. The intuition of an entrepreneur is the expression of deep reflections, passion and a real desire to make a difference, which are the source of great business ideas.
Successful entrepreneurs (I am not just talking about the Bill Gates of this world, I am referring to those who succeed in business on their own terms) are no more fortunate than other people in society. They imagined and created their reality, and then they materialized their dreams. They listened to the inner voice telling them to go for it and not give up, whatever the final cost. And success proved them right, in return, they invested themselves, body and soul, to achieve their entrepreneurial mission. They continued to believe in it, to adapt, to build, to question and renew themselves. Their creativity is drawn from an inexhaustible source, renewed by this deep reflection, this passion and the will to continue to make a difference. The very essence of ideas is always fed from the same source.
Leading with the goal of contributing to society
Who would not want to feel like they are actively contributing to the world around them? The intention behind any business project must be carried by a vision that materializes in the daily actions of the business, for the good of everyone. I read somewhere that the entrepreneur is the one who wants to have a positive impact in people’s lives. Leadership invested with such a vocation will inspire and will also be a profound source of motivation since it is part of a more than noble objective. How do YOU intend to make a difference around you?