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Finding the Heart of My Business

August13

In my last post, I talked about my realization that I’d not been approaching my business in a way that’s congruent with who I am – and that was a big problem.

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I’m working (behind the scenes so far) on re-imagining how I talk about and share what I do and make. In the mean time, an opportunity has come up, and I want to share my excitement about it with you.

Maybe it’ll be useful for some of you as well, or maybe you’ll just help me be excited ;) either way is fine.

I’ve known about Mark Silver and The Heart of Business for a while now, and I’d enjoyed some of his stuff, but it didn’t click with me.  I wasn’t ready.

Mark is a Sufi, a practitioner of mystical Islam.  He approaches business as a mystic.  To me, this is very cool.

So, not that long ago, I was struggling how to find a right price to charge for something,  I remembered Havi having written about using a wacky resonant pricing exercise that she adapted from Mark’s work.  So I decided to try it.  I downloaded the exercise from Mark’s post and tried it – it just felt right.  In fact it felt wonderful.  It also introduced me to

The Remembrance

A simple, Sufi practice which is the basis of much of what Mark teaches.  I’m not going to explain the practice here, if you are drawn to know more about it check out Mark’s Getting To The Core workbook, which you get free when you sign up for his newsletter (which I love.)

This practice has been the perfect gift for me at the perfect time, Mark calls it “having tea time with the Divine,” which as strange as it sounds, is really right on.

In fact I’m doing Mark’s Remembrance Challenge right now and loving it – it’s just perfect for me, where I am right now.  Though I’m certainly doing it imperfectly.  (It’s also free on his site if you’re interested)

The Sacred Invitation

I ran across this page on The Heart of Business and signed up for the “No More Square Wheels” teleclass Mark was offering as a free preview class for his 6 week Momentum program.  I was “sure” that I wasn’t going to take the class.  Money is tight right now, it just didn’t seem like an option.  But I wanted to learn what I could from the preview call, which I expected to be mostly content, and a little pitch at the end.

I didn’t know it at the time, but that page was a sacred invitation to me to take the next step into myself and my business.

You see, the call was yesterday – and it just blew me out of the water.  I sat and listened, and felt as Mark would pause, and just breathe as I let what he said sink in, and he felt into what he was called to say next.  (at least that’s how it felt to me…)

He wasn’t talking about a class

He was talking about an entirely new (to me) approach to what business is, what it means, and how to do it.

It felt so right to me.  Exactly what I needed to create the business and life that I feel called to.

And let me be clear I was not “sold” anything – the “pitch” Mark gave was simply an explanation of what the course covers and how it works.  That was really it.

I knew, though, long before that point, that this was what my heart was calling for.

But like I said, I knew I couldn’t afford the class now.  Then I told my Dad about it, and he very graciously agreed to pay for it as a gift.

I am so thankful that I’m now enrolled in this class, and I’m bouncing off the walls excited about it.

And by the way, you can listen to the recording of the “No More Square Wheels” call by clicking here.

So why am I writing this post?  Because my heart is singing with excitement about this and I needed to share it.

Have you ever had something resonate with you like this?  Are you thinking about taking this class?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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  • http://melodykiersz.wordpress.com Melody

    Andy, this sounds so exciting! Very happy for you!

  • http://melodykiersz.wordpress.com Melody

    Andy, this sounds so exciting! Very happy for you!
    Melody´s last blog post ..Support Not the Boob Kind

  • http://www.heartofbusiness.com Mark Silver

    Thank you, thank you. I’m really touched by what you wrote- and it means so much to me how generously and beautifully you wrote about your experiences.

    I can’t wait to see what comes next for you!

  • http://www.heartofbusiness.com Mark Silver

    Thank you, thank you. I’m really touched by what you wrote- and it means so much to me how generously and beautifully you wrote about your experiences.

    I can’t wait to see what comes next for you!
    Mark Silver´s last blog post ..Why Speed Isn’t Good For You or Your Business

  • http://www.larisakoehn.com larisa

    Yay! Thrilled you are going to be taking this course with Mark. I think it is so perfect for where you are right now and for the changes you are wanting to make in your biz. And, Mark so totally rocks!

    Happiness!

    • admin

      Thanks, all of you! It feels so great to be in the right place, and to be surrounded by such wonderful and supportive friends.

      And Mark, I just can’t wait to see what’s coming!

      I don’t know what is in store, but I know it’s going to be amazing.

  • http://www.larisakoehn.com larisa

    Yay! Thrilled you are going to be taking this course with Mark. I think it is so perfect for where you are right now and for the changes you are wanting to make in your biz. And, Mark so totally rocks!

    Happiness!
    larisa´s last blog post ..The Art of Magical Listening – a DIY Guide!

    • admin

      Thanks, all of you! It feels so great to be in the right place, and to be surrounded by such wonderful and supportive friends.

      And Mark, I just can’t wait to see what’s coming!

      I don’t know what is in store, but I know it’s going to be amazing.

  • http://www.nettleteadesign.com/blog Amy Martin

    Andy! How heart-warming. Very excited for you that such a beautiful precious thing arrived on your door step. :)

    When in Indonesia I discovered a dynamite book as well, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. I am recommending it to every business owner I know. Again, it’s all about spirit, and much else of mindful strategy.

    Amy

  • http://www.nettleteadesign.com/blog Amy Martin

    Andy! How heart-warming. Very excited for you that such a beautiful precious thing arrived on your door step. :)

    When in Indonesia I discovered a dynamite book as well, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. I am recommending it to every business owner I know. Again, it’s all about spirit, and much else of mindful strategy.

    Amy
    Amy Martin´s last blog post ..Don’t Let Your Website Be Like Barbie – All Style And No Substance

  • http://www.nettleteadesign.com/blog Amy Martin

    I would also love to see more detail on your ‘About’ page! What is the story with your involvement in the theat-ruh?

    • admin

      Hi Amy, thanks for your comments!

      The E-Myth Revisited is downloading from Audible now (my preferred method of “reading”)
      looks very cool, thanks for the recommendation!

      Yes – my about page needs drastic renovation to say more about what I’m, well, about… and hopefully I’ll get there soon ;)

      In terms of my theater background, I have a degree in Sound for Live Audiences from Ithaca College, which was largely based on studying sound for the theater (with Dr. John Bracewell – still one of the coolest people I’ve ever met)

      I’ve done lots of stuff ranging from public school productions to professional, though nothing close to the Broadway level… I do sound, lighting and projection designs mostly. Also some directing, and I do perform occasionally, but not very often these days..

      My day gig is production for special events at The University of NH, where I do some very high profile stuff (a President, 2 former presidents, commencements for 18,000 people, jazz legends and so forth….)

  • http://www.nettleteadesign.com/blog Amy Martin

    I would also love to see more detail on your ‘About’ page! What is the story with your involvement in the theat-ruh?
    Amy Martin´s last blog post ..Don’t Let Your Website Be Like Barbie – All Style And No Substance

    • admin

      Hi Amy, thanks for your comments!

      The E-Myth Revisited is downloading from Audible now (my preferred method of “reading”)
      looks very cool, thanks for the recommendation!

      Yes – my about page needs drastic renovation to say more about what I’m, well, about… and hopefully I’ll get there soon ;)

      In terms of my theater background, I have a degree in Sound for Live Audiences from Ithaca College, which was largely based on studying sound for the theater (with Dr. John Bracewell – still one of the coolest people I’ve ever met)

      I’ve done lots of stuff ranging from public school productions to professional, though nothing close to the Broadway level… I do sound, lighting and projection designs mostly. Also some directing, and I do perform occasionally, but not very often these days..

      My day gig is production for special events at The University of NH, where I do some very high profile stuff (a President, 2 former presidents, commencements for 18,000 people, jazz legends and so forth….)

  • http://www.nettleteadesign.com/blog Amy Martin

    Sounds like a sweet job, Andy!

  • http://www.nettleteadesign.com/blog Amy Martin

    Sounds like a sweet job, Andy!
    Amy Martin´s last blog post ..Don’t Let Your Website Be Like Barbie – All Style And No Substance

  • http://curvesnangles.wordpress.com/ Karen J

    Hi again, Andy!

    I’m so happy to find this (a year later), and delighted that you’ve found Mark’s work to feel like such a ‘good fit’!

    Bright Blessings ~

    Karen J