The Successful Entrepreneur's Pay It Forward
l wp-image-1252″ style=”border-image: initial; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; border-width: 2px; border-color: black; border-style: solid;” title=”pay-it-forward” src=”http://coachmaven.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/pay-it-forward-150×150.jpg” alt=”" width=”150″ height=”150″ />It is March, which I have called “Pay It Forward” month (though it’s really in April) and which we, as entrepreneurs, can use to our advantage. After all, successful entrepreneurs see the world from a different set of eyes than most.
“Pay It Forward” was an instant classic. The 2000 movie staring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Huntis all about a new movement that the young boy starts in which he gets people to pay it forward, or to pay someone back before without having received anything. He asks that people pay it forward to one person, giving something meaningful or doing something significant. As the recipient, you must then pay it forward to someone anew, as you are not to pay it back, but forward.
It is a heart-warming idea, but not truly a new one. Think of your parents or yourself as a parent: all parents do is pay it forward. We give and give our hearts and souls to our children knowing that we love them, that they are a part of us and that we want to prepare them to have the best life ahead that they can.
So, it could be said that the nature and life operate on this principal. And, if you haven’t already noticed, successful entrepreneurs that we are, we utilize and benefit our businesses from such principles. We see things differently because we live by a different set of rules, or universal laws.
Pay It Forward To Benefit Your Self & Your Business
One of the biggest misperceptions people have is that they think that they should be self-less and that they should think of others first. It is a well-intended thought, but it is not one that will bring you success, which you probably know first-hand as an entrepreneur.
No, you and I both know that we must learn to fish before we give fish to others. If we were to give our fish away first then we’d go hungry, wouldn’t learn to fish and would only give a handful of fish away at best. On the other hand, if we put ourselves first and develop the art of fishing we may likely wind up with several boats, several workers who we support and a lot more fish to give away for as long as we continue fishing.
The difference between being selfish and being centered in yourself is about your intent. Selfish people are always driven by an endless urge to make themselves feel better, validated or more glamorous. Their primary focus, thus, is about indulging fears or insecurities. Being centered in yourself, on the other hand, is about being needs-oriented and taking care of you first. You have clearly done the same with your business, which is why it is a success for you.
One of the most common difficulties that most entrepreneurs have is that they get stuck and want to take their business to the next level. Well, paying it forward can help you with this.
It’s true, getting your business off the ground took great strides. Then when things got going you may have fallen into a routine of keeping things going. It can become difficult to think of break it since you need to maintain business. But a successful entrepreneur will remember the importance of continuing to see the world from a different set of eyes.
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A great abundance secret is that you must pay yourself first. Similar to feeding yourself first, you must take care of yourself first. Yes, you may have bills that need to be paid, but always start with yourself first, even if it is just a little spending cash. The energy of receiving and the feeling of having that cash then attract more of the same.
We can use the pay it forward principal the same way. Whether you pay yourself cash or treat yourself to something pleasant, it is important to take care of yourself emotionally as well as physically. A massage, a movie or a special lunch for yourself can make a big difference. Treat yourself- it raises your mood, your tolerance for any challenges in your work day and it is probably one of the reasons you created your own business: so you could have more enjoyable experiences both with your work day and personally.
Once you do so, you can then pay it forward with another. Take a friend to lunch for no reason at all. When you feel better, things work out better. When things work better, your business becomes a more successful entrepreneurship.
|Kalyn B Raphael is Co-Founder of Social Media Pathways, the Founder of the Maven Method™, Co-Founder of the Golden Flow™ System, is a Coach of Coaches, a Channel, Author, and a Spiritual Life Coach specializing in spirituality, business and parenting.|
|Kalyn is a successful business woman, artist on Canyon Road, mother, wife & Spiritual Life Coach. She helps Maven Method™ coaches with their branding and marketing to help them create successful entrepreneurship and can help you as a your business mentor. Subscribe to her newsletter HERE to be notified of posts, webinars and other resources to help you join the world of successful entrepreneurs.|