One of the biggest oversights in business today is looking solely at your bottom line. Yes, in business school we have all be trained to pay attention to profit, shareholder value, yadda, yadda, yadda…
The missing piece of the puzzle is the use of your instincts. This is the wriggling tap on your shoulder or whisper in your ear that says “That’s great and all, but what about people? What about the planet? And what about my purpose?”.
There are times in our business that we need to pay more attention to our instincts. Those instances when you have a gut feel about a potential market, product or service that you think will be a great innovation.
True creativity and excellence does not come from your balance sheet. It comes from being in tune with your intuition. Your internal compass of where to take your business next.
The business world is coming back into balance. Say farewell to the days of terms like dominance, guerilla, merciless and staunch. The new business leaders are in town, and they are more well rounded and centred than the previous generations of leaders.
These new leaders are holistic, intuitive, loving, open hearted, balanced and purposeful. They look beyond the balance sheet and consider several factors into their decision making. Planet. Purpose. People. And then Profit. They don’t think of business in black and white. They’re tomorrow’s visionaries and their businesses and going to be principled in different ways. Because they are principled in different ways.
This next generation of leaders were practically born with their third eye open and working in flow with their instincts is effortless. This is why they’re leaving the workforce in droves to start their own businesses. Live their own dreams instead of someone else’s. Create their own legacy. This is conscious leadership. This is happening today. This is the future for our tomorrow. It’s a coming home to our own purpose and being authentic by living a life and run a business that reflects it.
Studies are showing us that there is a link between relentlessly pursuing money being correlated to the rise of depression and anxiety. One piece that I find particularly touching is the writings of Steve Jobs shortly before his passing.
Steve Jobs’ Last Words Quote:
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.
However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.
In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…
Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…
Should be something that is more important:
Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.
The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.
That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.
Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.
What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed…
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.
Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life.
When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life.
Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.
Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”
A friend of mine who recently lost her mother also had similar sentiments:
At the end, when it’s all said and done, no one will care about your course launches or “six-figure business” or book deal or social media followers or marketing to-do list.
It’s about putting these things into perspective by taking a step back and looking at your legacy as opposed to your bottom line.