Welcome to Episode 12 of Forging Fortune, an inspirational podcast for visionaries, activists, and future-focused entrepreneurs anywhere between the poles on the life experience spectrum.
Today I am reaching out to you feeling like I might be on the right track. As a matter of fact, I know I’m on the right track because some people are feeling very liberated by my work here on this podcast, and very supported by the community inside the 2K Days Project initiative.
And some people are very upset.
Since launching this podcast earlier this year, not a day has gone by that I haven’t received feedback. There are two types of messages I receive every day: the first, and the majority say that the podcast is changing the way they approach life and business; while the second is typically anger from someone who doesn’t like the idea of stepping away from approved channels to make significant social change. Through the 2K Days Project, and through this podcast, liberators, leaders, and impact entrepreneurs from around the world are coming together to use business to build, test, and optimize systems that can become alternatives to today’s failing institutions.
We’re doing it. And that’s scaring the shit out of comfortable people. When they see us walk away, they get angry. When they see us rest instead of hustle, they get frustrated. When they see us start to redefine wealth as having more time, more experiences, more connection, they get worried. When they see our businesses thrive, and the systems that assure their power getting tested for the first time in history, they get scared. And when they see us coming together to teach and mentor each other, but buy from each other and cheer each other on, healing centuries of generational trauma and emotional separation - they really lose their shit.
“They,” those who are served by the way things are right now. Those whose idea of change is becoming the new power at the top of a hierarchy they want to control, not abolish. It is absolutely typical for people who feel challenged by your impact to lash out at you directly. I talked about this in detail in Episode 3, “Are you On the Menu.” You’ll get three typical responses from your opposition: belittling, pleading, and threats. All three are perfectly human, stemming from an unhealthy adaptation of the same basic need for a sense of personal security. For their sake and your own, the best thing you can do is ignore them. Because the only other thing that will help them calm down and find peace is time.
The title of this episode is “How to Claim Success on Your Own Terms.” The first step to doing that, to claiming success on your own terms, is to define the terms.
What does success look like for you?
Now go even deeper, the power to meaningfully define success for yourself and your business is your ability to define your desires. Not just what you want. Not just what you’re working toward. But what you deeply, essentially desire. Becoming an expert on your essential desires can be a pretty intense process depending on how out of touch you are with yourself. But the most important thing you can do is challenge your “shoulds.” When you think about what you should and shouldn’t do, ask yourself and be critical: is that me talking? Chase your shoulds all the way down to their roots.
If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, or if you’re thinking about becoming one, and you want to be sure you’re building a business that matters, come join us in the 2K Days Project. We’re an international community of impact entrepreneurs changing the world by building companies that matter. Come see how it works at www.2kdaysproject.com.
Until next time…