05
Jan
10

Business is Not a Dirty Word


Heart In My Mouth
Originally uploaded by rgdaniel

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others, unfold your own myth ~ Rumi

When I am working with business owners, whether they are starting out or have been in business for a while, we explore attitudes regarding the word “business.”  Often times, whether conscious of it or not, most of us have some level of negativity about business.

This is certainly not surprising given the long history (in America particularly) of story-after-story-of-a-shocking-exposure-of “how business is done.” In addition, many of us are familiar with, and occasionally use, sayings that marry the word business with negative connotations ~check out the following from dictionary.com:

Give Someone the Business to make difficulties for someone; treat harshly, to scold severely; give a tongue-lashing to
Have No Business to have no right
Mean Business to propose to take action or be serious in intent; be in earnest
Mind One’s Own Business to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others
Do Your Business to defecate or urinate
Business is Business profit has precedence over personal considerations

These idioms surround us and are part of the cultural consciousness we operate in – yikes! If we take on aspects of a negative consciousness regarding business, it may be difficult to accept true power and prosperity from what we are building. It can be a simple exercise to uncover negative beliefs, including those we hold that are not really our own.

It is a business owner’s responsibility to recreate if necessary the business consciousness they wish to operate in themselves, as well as the consciousness they would like to envelope employees and customers with. It is a powerful thing to knowingly operate within existing consciousness while simultaneously impacting and awakening it.

Business is a vehicle that when driven properly can positively impact our immediate communities and beyond. The truth is that for each shocking-bad-business-story there are 100 positive ones……the truth is that business is not a dirty word and in fact is an inspiring one……and I do mean business about that.

If you are interested in a session to explore your business consciousness contact me

Here is a process for co-creating a completely conscious business plan: Strategy Stream

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11 Responses to “Business is Not a Dirty Word”


  1. January 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for using my photo, hope I don’t scare anyone off… B-)

  2. January 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I don’t think you will ~ I thought it was perfect! 🙂

  3. January 7, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Great post. I’ve owned my own business for nearly seven years and I can identify with the multiple interpretations of the word business. To me, it’s all about small local businesses providing what’s needed to the community. Big business often tends to give us a bad name out there with all the things we see in the press, but ultimately business is a necessary, and often very positive influence on the community.

    I just launched a site I think you might be interested in called http://GoHuman.com. It’s all about empowering local businesses to sustain local economies. We think it’s the future and I’d love your thoughts on it.


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