“Synergy is the highest form of success, where purpose, profit, and people unite to create a win-win-win world for all.” —Samantha J.
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In today's world, it has become increasingly evident that the traditional approach to leadership and the economic system lacks a crucial element: spirituality. By incorporating spirituality into our economic practices, we can foster a more holistic and inclusive approach that benefits not only our financial well-being but also our overall sense of fulfillment, interconnectedness, and collective harmony.
Currently, our economic system places a narrow focus on material gain, measuring success solely in terms of financial wealth and possessions. This limited perspective neglects the deeper aspects of human flourishing, such as emotional well-being, meaning, and purpose. It's time to expand our definition of success and embrace a broader set of indicators that encompass social well-being, environmental sustainability, mental and emotional health, and overall life satisfaction.
Another aspect missing in our current economic system is a sense of interconnectedness. The prevailing individualistic pursuits and competition often overlook the fact that we are all connected, both as humans and with the environment. This disregard for interconnectedness leads to social inequality, environmental degradation, and a fragmented society. By emphasizing collaboration, partnership, and shared value creation, we can foster a more interconnected and sustainable world.
The absence of values-based decision-making in our economic practices limits our ability to create a truly win-win scenario. While rationality and self-interest play a role, they don't encompass the broader values and ethical considerations that spirituality often entails. It is essential to integrate values-based approaches into business models and operations, considering the impact of our actions on stakeholders, society, and the environment.
To incorporate spirituality into the economic system and create a world where everyone wins, we must take several approaches. First, we need to encourage businesses and individuals to align their activities with a sense of purpose and meaning. This shift in focus will emphasize the importance of creating value not only for oneself but also for others and the planet.
Ethical business practices should be cultivated, integrating values and ethics into decision-making processes. Businesses must consider the impact of their actions on stakeholders, society, and the environment, prioritizing long-term sustainability over short-term gains. Collaborative and sustainable business models should be fostered, promoting partnerships and shared value creation among businesses, communities, and other stakeholders.
Supporting well-being and inner development is also crucial in this paradigm shift. Recognizing Recognizing the importance of mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, we should prioritize employee well-being, work-life balance, mindfulness practices, and personal development. This holistic approach will contribute to the overall success and fulfillment of individuals within the economic system.
Education and awareness play a vital role in this transformation. Promoting dialogue and reflection on the integration of spirituality and economics will create a more conscious and compassionate approach to economic activities. By redefining economic indicators to encompass both material and non-material aspects of well-being, we can develop new metrics that reflect our progress holistically.
Finally, encouraging conscious consumption is essential to driving change. By fostering a shift in consumer behavior towards conscious and sustainable choices, we can support businesses that align with spiritual and ethical values. This includes supporting fair trade, eco-friendly, and socially responsible offerings.
Incorporating spirituality into the economic system is not a simple task. It requires a collective shift in mindset, values, and practices. Individuals, businesses, and policymakers must embrace a more holistic and inclusive approach to economic activities. By doing so, we can foster a world where everyone wins—a world that promotes harmony, sustainability, and well-being for individuals, communities, and the planet as a whole. Let us embark on this transformative journey together and build a win-win world, one where we can be deeply proud of the place we are living for the next generations to thrive in when we are long gone.
One of the most impactful and challenging guiding principles to my leadership has been "When Spirit calls, I answer, and when I call Spirit, Spirit Answers". What this ultimately means is that I live my life in ultimate dedication to evolution and growth. I am led by my higher self, the highest possibilities and visions of who I can be, what I can do, and what I can have. I do not believe in limits, and I am led by helping others to continually outgrow the highest possibilities that they themselves see as well.
The ultimate nature of this reality is that it is a mirror, reflecting back our own internal state of thoughts, feelings, and actions. When I look at the state of the world currently and see the big imbalances in nature, I know that this is only a reflection of the internal imbalances that are within me. With this being said, the greatest way we can truly be of service in this world is to change who we are from within, to impact the world around us, and then influence the world through our living example of our type of leadership. We don’t need a business to do this; we can simply do it wherever we go in the world.
The key to creating positive change isn't to try to fix the world; it's to start with ourselves. As we cultivate greater self-understanding and compassion, we can begin to understand and accept others with the same level of grace. By embodying the change we wish to see, we have the power to influence the world around us.
As Marshall Thurber's mentor, Buckminster Fuller, once said, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." Right now, the business climate is not generally led in a way that promotes collaboration, unity, and cooperation. We are living in an environment that promotes competition, separation, and doing whatever you can to win, even at the expense of others. Instead of fighting against the status quo, we can have engaging, informative, collaborative, and cooperative conversations that bring people together to work towards a common vision where everyone wins. We need to build a new system by living the values and being the example of the world we do want, rather than fighting the old through complaining and blaming.
We must move away from the win-lose mentality that capitalism and profit-led thinking have perpetuated and embrace a win-win-win approach. This means considering not only profits but also equity, sustainability, and the power of people. By embodying integrity and strong moral principles, we can become more effective leaders and create positive change in the world.
It's time for each of us to take a reflective journey inward and examine where we are and are not living in integrity with ourselves and the world around us. Let's make choices that we can be proud of and that have a positive impact on our community and the planet. With self-awareness, compassion, and a win-win mentality, we can create a world that works for everyone.
How do we have clarity on what that looks like? A mixture of intuition and solid social impact business strategy. I believe that with enough introspection, we will each discover our own piece of the puzzle for the solutions that are already within us, waiting to be discovered. When I took over my family's property development company at 19, I didn't have a blueprint for creating a win-win-win model between consumers, businesses, governments, and the planet. It was a process of going within myself and asking, "What does ultimate integrity look like? What's the right thing to do? What's equitable and fair in this industry? What’s the future of this industry I wish to re-imagine when I bring heart and soul into it?".
For me, many of the greatest insights within my entrepreneurial career have come from spending time in nature, being with the medicine men and women, traveling and being in silent meditation retreats, plant medicine journeys, or traveling to new parts of the world to sit in silence and go within. This time to be able to slow down, to appreciate all parts of myself, to get quiet, and to allow that inner voice to become loud helped me to get out of the noise of the outside world and gain clarity on how to bring new visions to life that merged purpose and profit. Whether it was me traveling to Nepal and sitting amongst the buddhas or the Q'ero shamans in Peru,
The indigenous people have always modeled this way of thinking. They deeply believe that there's enough for everyone to go around, and there's no need to assert our identity in the world in a way that someone else loses out. When we recognize that meeting our needs, meeting another's, and meeting the planet's needs can all coexist, we can create a better world for everyone.
So, how do we move forward? It starts with deepening our spiritual connection, becoming more quiet, and asking ourselves tough questions. We need to spend less time listening to external voices and more time questioning the status quo. Is this the best we can do? Is this the right thing? Is this the most integral way for us to go about it?
It's a constant journey of self-discovery, with blind spots and new benchmarks of integrity that are illuminated as we grow and learn. We need to have compassion for ourselves and for others as we do our best and strive to do better each day.
Through my reflections and learning from Marshall Thurber, I've come to realize that communism and capitalism, or the purpose-profit split, were necessary experiences to help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of both systems. We can use this knowledge to bridge the gap and create a new system that is built on a foundation of win-win-win. If we believe that everyone is doing the best they can, then we need to create a system that allows people to be effective to their fullest potential.
It's time to reimagine the system we're living in, specifically for entrepreneurship. We need to move away from a win-lose mentality and embrace a win-win-win system. By doing so, we can create a better world for ourselves, our clients, our value chain, and the planet at large. Are you ready to join me on this journey?
I applied these principles to my family’s property development company at the age of 19. And in just a few short years, by using everything I learned from Marshall Thurber and applying it to our business, we were able to grow from a six-figure company to a multi-eight-figure one that eventually became a valuable asset. This was no small feat, considering that property development is notorious for being one of the most cutthroat industries out there. It’s all about exchanging land for profits and getting the biggest slice of the pie. But we stood for something different. We believed in purpose, profits, and building communities where people could find a sense of belonging.
Rather than competing with others in the industry, we sought out collaborations and strategic partnerships with builders, financiers, landscapers, and others in the value chain. By doing so, we were able to create a six-star experience for our clients while also reducing costs and working towards a common goal. We wanted to be a part of something bigger, something that would have a positive impact on the environment and the community. So we began to raise the standards for environmental sustainability, partnering with the government to help bring about change in our area. We also took a leadership position in mediating between client community feedback, our development plans, and the government’s plans.
Our property development model was based on cooperative leadership and business. By focusing on building a community with a purpose larger than profits, we were able to solve problems like loneliness, depression, obesity, and mental illness. We simply consulted with the community and the government and built a community that truly stood for something. And that’s how we were able to take our property development company to new heights by using these principles of win-win-win and cooperative leadership.
Are you tired of the old paradigm of trying to get your slice of a limited portion of the pie? Well, it's time for a change, and Marshall Thurber has just the solution for you: Dy-val. Dy-val, or dynamic value, is all about creating a business that is focused on contribution, innovation, and service. Instead of simply trying to make money, you focus on adding value to your clients in exceptional ways and leveraging that to create millions.
But how do you differentiate yourself in a world full of commodity-based businesses? According to Marshall, there are three things that create Dy-val: being unique, adding exceptional value to your clients, and leveraging that to make the world a better place. By moving away from traditional economics, which is all about allocating scarce resources, and towards abundenomics, which is about cooperating and innovating solutions, we can all win.
Marshall believes that the universe rewards those who stand for service over profits. When you focus on delivering value and being unique in your approach, you can trust that you will be compensated in ways beyond what you could have imagined. It's time to move away from competition and the win-lose mentality and towards cooperation and a larger purpose. With Dy-Val, we can all win without sacrificing our integrity, our families, or our happiness.
This is an excerpt of the best-selling book by Samantha J. called "Illuminator; click here for the full copy: https://www.iamsamanthaj.com/books
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