by Erica Mather
The other day I was interviewed by one of my students who is launching a postcast called SoulFeed Podcast (check it out!). In the course of the interview, he asked me about balancing the desire to make money with the desire to be of service.
Interestingly, he described the desire to make money as “being greedy.”
And in reply, I was pleased to have the opportunity to do two things:
I think that as Spiritual Entrepreneurs, we hold ourselves apart from “the rest of the world” meaning, the rest of our society, which is driven by the increase of material wealth. As yogis, we give away things we’re not using, we emphasize austerity and a lack of attachment to material things, we reuse, recycle, and concern ourselves with leaving a small footprint. These things tend to fly in the face of standard societal values about money and belongings.
AND, the drive for material gain is particularly strong here in New York City, which IS the financial capital of the world. It’s easy to get infected.
But, the purpose of a business is not to merely break even. It is to make money. And that means to create it. For instance, to take $10 and turn it into $40. That is the art of alchemy. There is now something present that was not there before: $30. The wise thing to do with that extra $30 that you MADE is to turn around and reinvest it in your business. You could do that by getting continuing education, you could upgrade your waiting area, you could get another product that your clients will benefit from you using, you could put a deposit down on a retreat space. There are all kinds of wonderful things that you will be able to do because you made money.
Making money allows you to be of service.
Let’s be clear. This is not greed. This is the creation of good things, for you and for the people you serve.
And, the more money you make, the bigger impact you can have. When I make my first million (yes, I’m thinking about that!), I will write a big check to the organizations that I care about, so that THEY can do good works in the world. My earnings will facilitate service.
When we, as Spiritual Entrepreneurs have more money, it means that the distribution of wealth is moving towards people who care about people and care about the world. And this is only a good thing. And, when you think about it like this, don’t you feel like it’s your responsibility to make a lot of money?
I hope so. Let’s do it, and change our world for the better.
Read Erica's post: Do You Know What Business You're REALLY In?