|Business as NOT USUAL, please!|
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Radically NEW Business Model (for ME, at least!)
As you may know, a couple weeks ago, I “formally” accepted the position of “Community Manager” of RetreatNetwork.com. At the time, I thought it was a DREAM come true! I would get PAID to do what I LOVE (which is CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER people--*especially Lightworkers!) and simultaneously, procure funds for ME that would enable me to create my OWN Lighthouse!
LightHouse: An INclusive (opposite of Exclusive—because exclusivity just perpetuates DUALITY-THINKING and LIVING!), CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY HOME/WORK/STUDIO/Healing ARTS SANCTUARY and “Living School” for Lightworkers! *preferably on the beach, please!
However, within 4 DAYS of 8+ hours work a day, I REALIZED I was NOT IN-JOYing my experience as full-time Community Manager (aka, a “REAL JOB”!) Surprise!
Therefore, I used RADICAL HONESTY and SHARED my TRUE FEELINGS with my new employers (who happen to be Lightworkers as well!):
“All of a sudden MOST of my time is “chained” to the computer. All of a sudden, I have to pay attention to TIME and DATES and OTHER people’s schedules (which goes against “living in the flow.”) All of a sudden I have to “document” my correspondence (which has been overwhelming!) and this goes against TRUSTING the connections that show up for me, and goes against LIVING in the FLOW.
Every day, a dozen new tasks are added to my “To Do” List—which include activities that are not bringing me joy (such as data entry, scheduling Skype conference calls, “customer service” type correspondence, tech support stuff, etc.)
So I have to ask myself, “Kelly, is your freedom, time and JOY worth more than $2000 a month?!”
The answer is HELL YES! My freedom, time and JOY-factor are more important than MONEY and the “hope” of some kind of stability—because, really…nothing is ever really “secure”-- except for CHANGE—right?!
Yes, of course, I have held this position many times in the past, for different agencies—and NOW, it is CLEAR to me, that this kind of “work” no longer feeds my soul. I prefer having the FREEDOM to FREELY and INTUITIVELY GUIDE people/groups/businesses, etc. to the RESOURCES they need to accomplish THEIR DREAMS –which, of course, includes the Retreat Network (as well as Healersworldwide, Healer Source, Awakening360.com, pretty much everyONE who comes into my life!) Therefore, I am going to take a HUGE LEAP of FAITH and LET GO of this generous GIFT you have given me and TRUST that ALL my needs will be met without sacrificing my time, freedom and JOY.”
Instead, I proposed the following NEW BUSINESS MODEL for MYSELF:
As I do with my Kelly’s Osho Zen Readings, I ASK for a LOVE-DONATION. GIVE when you can and how much FEELS right for YOU, out of GRATITUDE for my service.
*NOTE: I never turn anyONE down for lack of funds (because man, I have BEEN THERE—I KNOW!)
And *IMHO, any so-called HEALER that refuses to SERVE because the patient does not have enough funds, is no better than our CURRENT US HEALTH CARE SYSTEM!) I simply “suggest” to those who cannot SHARE their money with me at this time, to PAY the LOVE FORWARD in some way, when the opportunity arises. What people DO is their story—not mine!
My NEW BUSINESS MODEL is based on TRUSTING the UNIVERSAL LAW of CIRCULATION because I have BEEN LIVING IT for the past 2 YEARS!
UNIVERSAL LAW of CIRCULATION: The FLOW of GIVING and RECEIVING: The law of circulation states that all things in the universe are always flowing in circulation but at an ever expanding rate. What you give to one person, you will receive from a different source. So you don’t have to give with the expectation of receiving back from the same person you give to, but knowing that it will definitely come back to you multiplied from other sources. It works according to the law of cause and effect where the universe always mirrors back to you whatever you do.
Besides, I would much rather have people GIVING me MONEY from their HEART, as a form of their GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION for my SERVICE, than because of some old business/time/economic-formula contract model that no longer serves us by STEALING our TIME, FREEDOM and JOY! And IF you have been following you HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW stuff, then you would KNOW that studies CONFIRM that HAPPINESS and APPRECIATION for ALL STAFF in the workplace are DIRECTLY RELATIVE to the QUALITY and QUANTITY of WORK PERFORMANCE! *But don’t listen to ME, do your own business/economics HOMEWORK!
Conclusion: The awesome creators of Retreat Network agreed to let me do what I have been doing since its conception: Which is FREELY, INTUITIVELY CONNECTING and GUIDING human and material REOURCES to the people and groups that “show up” for me; communicating and networking with conscious community; educating (FREELY SHARING USEFUL KNOWLEDGE); and ultimately EMPOWERING SELF and OTHERS without ANY limitations! And in return, they will give me LOVE-based donations when they FEEL it.
LIVE your BLISS,