Metaphysical Marketing Workshop
Opportunity or Our Own Drummer?
An independent web designer (and Ryze member) was personally referred
for a job opening in a large national company
headquartered near her city . She felt that she practically
had the job
wrapped up, but she needed to schedule a time to visit the recruiter
and provide her resume.
Weeks went by and she didn’t do it and when it was too late, she
experienced the anxiety of having missed a great opportunity and
jumping on a “such a hot ticket.”
The pay was outstanding – more than she had ever made in her entire
career. She stated that the job would allow her to gain greater skill
and knowledge, she would have a stamp of approval from a well-known and
established company, and it would skyrocket her credibility.
But then a few days later, it hit her. All of the things she had hated
about being a past employee in the “corporate culture” and what it had
done to her personality – it all came back to her. She visualized
herself doing this new job and didn’t want to go down that path again.
And she would have to juggle her personal client work at the same time.
So, she said she subconsciously must have realized all of these things
when she didn’t jump on it sooner.
But she asked on the forum:
Have any of you experienced a missed opportunity like this? What were
you thinking at the time? What did you do and what was the result? Do
you regret your decision, and why?
I took great interest in her situation because I felt that many other
growing entrepreneurs have probably experienced the same thing. And I
thought this was a perfect opportunity to share my views on the subject…
Response to Susan (not her real name)...
I believe you are wrong about one thing - the major thing:
This WASN'T a missed opportunity. At the deeper level of your spirit -
your intuition - you knew you would not be happy in a structured
situation again. You didn't analyze at that time - you didn't have to
because I believe you were being intuitively guided. It helps to
analyze it after the fact, but the "fact" is that this was not your
perfect opportunity - big name, salary, resume - all that aside. Those
are not required for our happiness.
I have had opportunities come to me in the past - and I didn't follow
through because I knew in my heart of hearts I would not be happy - and
I did not want to compromise.
Susan, being true to yourself is one of the greatest blessings one can
have. And if you can be true to yourself at times when outer
appearances suggest that you must be insane based on what seems
"rational," then I think the blessing becomes far greater.
Now, if you can be true to yourself and yet develop the kind of faith
to drive you to where you ARE truly happy in your work - that's beyond
a blessing. That's nirvana.
I'd like to share a couple of things...
One of my early students wanted to manifest her ideal job and ideal
salary. She did. So it seemed. Everything appeared to be perfect. It
was the big corporate opportunity that she waited for, for a long time.
But she was in pain. Her stomach hurt, she wanted to cry. Her physical
body was telling her something. She said that "still small voice" of
intuition was "screaming" at her. She asked me if it was right to turn
something down that the Universe had brought her.
I gave her my thoughts about it, without telling her what to do. Here
are my thoughts which I later incorporated into my lesson material:
13. Do I Accept Everything the Universe Brings?
You do not have to accept every opportunity that presents
itself. Follow your intuition and listen to your feelings and
your body symptoms. I believe that sometimes options arrive
so that you know you have a choice or so that you can make a clearer
choice about what you want and what you don’t want. I also
believe that the right decision always feels peaceful.
When we step out in faith to release the lesser, the greater will
Also, sometimes you attract things that may be the effect from an
earlier cause – perhaps before you were doing the prosperity
work. Just think…the work you are doing now to create new
causes will result in new effects – the ones you really want."
[Excerpt from Lesson
One, Feel Free to Prosper]
The result for this young woman? She turned down the "big opportunity"
and three weeks later, out of the blue, she got a three-month contract
job with Disney Studios for her writing skills. THAT was the perfect
opportunity for her at that time.
I would like to close this with an excerpt from my entrepreneurial
memoir that I think you’ll enjoy…
"Here I was, a post menopausal woman at a major
crossroads in my life and career, with a vast knowledge of mental and
spiritual laws and nowhere to go. Now THAT’s a combination.
Ooooh…and then there was THE thought. I will make a confession to you
now that may shock you. I will admit that the direst of thoughts
entered my mind at this crossroads. The ultimate thought – the
unthinkable thought. The thought that you would never expect someone
with my experience, faith and conviction to entertain for a moment. The
thought that could throw any full-blooded entrepreneur into a tailspin
and bring them to their knees. The thought did indeed bring me to my
The thought? I actually considered for a moment or two or three that I
should look for a J.O.B. Yes, that’s the direst thought. No, it wasn't
that other direst thought. Haven’t you heard of the "entrepreneur’s
creed?" It was drafted by Patrick Henry in 1775…
I know not what course others
may take; but as for me, give me liberty
or give me death!
~ Patrick Henry
Okay, I know he wasn’t referring to entrepreneurship, but it’s still
the same idea to those of us who listen to our own drummer. So maybe
Thoreau was a bit closer to the truth."
"If a man
does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears
a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
Part XXXXIV: A Different
Drummer - Chapter 42 for the book
Feel Free to Prosper: An
Entrepreneurial Memoir of Synchronicity and Guidance
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