I’ve been thinking about the concept of inspirational stories and pondering questions like: What makes something more, or less, inspiring than something else? Why are people inherently drawn to stories of inspiration? What do people actually mean when they utter the words, “That was so inspiring!” after hearing a talk or reading a book?
I was invited to become a contributing author in the bestselling Adventures in Manifesting Series newest title called Conscious Business. The invitation came about when I was contacted by Sarah Prout at Älska Publishing, via Twitter direct message. Sarah said she found me online and read my story and found it “very inspiring”. She asked me if I wanted to be part of the book. I guess I didn’t really get it. I had never thought that my story would be inspiring to others. Why would it – it’s my story and has nothing to do with the person reading it. I wrote it as a way to process it, and to voice it out loud, because I was tired of keeping it a secret for so long, and feeling ashamed by it. The hardest thing to do is to turn the mirror on yourself and truly ‘see’ yourself for who you are, not who you are not.
Now, I see how inspirational stories are those that teach us great lessons and show us that in every struggle there is hope. That in every problem, there is a solution. We gain the strength, wisdom, assurance and evidence that we may need, from the stories that we read or hear, to believe that the impossible can really be possible. Now, that’s inspiring!
Conscious Business is a book that shares stories written by business people all over the world. Some of whom have started from zero to generating millions, losing it all to completely rebuilding, or taking massive leaps of faith to fine tuning their purpose – these are just a few of the stories that will take you on a journey into the realm of limitless possibilities.
My contribution to Conscious Business is on becoming a conscious entrepreneur, which is in fact a journey of personal awakening. Awakening to my life’s purpose and embracing my unique gifts. It is also about consciously merging my purpose with my business to create a livelihood that is spiritually and personally fulfilling. More importantly it’s about using my voice to inspire and motivate you to be your self and live your life with consciousness.
It has taken me many years to piece my story together and many more to find my voice to finally tell it. I use it to teach the key principles that guided my journey on becoming a conscious entrepreneur. May you take away something from my story, which serves you well, wherever you may be on your own path.
By allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and having courage to share your story, you give permission for others to do the same. I’m always amazed at just how much we are all truly connected to one another, as evidenced by the similarities apparent in the stories we share.