Cohort member Daniela presents a series of quotes she collected from the female entrepreneurs that she turns to for inspiration as she build her business.
Gabby kicks off Cohort 8’s Student Blog series from her vantage point as a participant in Groundswell’s Build program. She remembers to follows her own advice of putting time for reflection and restoration ahead of your other tasks to be a better friend, colleague, and be more effective at everything else you do.
In the world of entrepreneurship, we hear about having to hustle, compete, and focus on achieving that ever important goal. But are these gendered expectations? Within the continuum of gender, Cori recognizes nuances between "feminine" and "masculine" energies. She finds her path and power by embracing her feminine energy, rather than homogenizing differences for the sake of "equality".
Real life rock star and Build cohort member Cass King finds the often intimidating job of budget building an exercise for empowerment instead. Try her mentality on for size; it's a great fit for new solopreneurs and self employed folk:
Budgets give us handrails for our decisions. They take away the stories (“I can’t”, “I’m hopeless with money”, “I’ve never done anything like this”, “I can’t afford this”, “I CAN afford this”) and replace them with a simple question: “OK, but how?”
"For us Groundswellians who are just at the eve of creation, it's definitely good to know things might get hard so we don't panic when the going does get rough. But it also might serve us a little better to focus on the joy and excitement we get from these crazy times. From looking at the infinite possibilities ahead of us. From juggling with a thousand things at once. From finding our flow, from making connections, from receiving messages from the universe."
Turning return on investment (ROI) on it's head, cohort member Dave Ives leads with a mission to find a kind of shared fulfilment that money can't buy...without losing sight of financial viability.
Silvia confronts a paradox that's universal to those starting to explore self-employment: should you stick with stability or (ad)venture into entrepreneurship? and offers some tools for reflection to help you at the crossroads. An especially fitting piece for those of us at the mid-life point!
How many types of capital do you have in your life or business? Cohort member Trixie Ling counts over eight and shows how they contribute to the richness of her venture, above and beyond merely the financial capital that we are all familiar with in the entrepreneurial scene.
"In the past few months at Groundswell...we have been inspired by the fundamental paradigm shift of thinking and operating in a capitalist economy to a sharing or collaborative economy. One of the biggest shifts is how we view our “capital” and place value on the vast resources and gifts around us."
Cohort member Jeremie discovers that helping yourself first is, in fact, the way to find a path towards making an authentic kind of impact, as well as being the best method for dealing with those pesky oxygen masks when they suddenly appear in front of you on an airplane ....
What does Mother Nature have to do with business? Not only you can get inspired and re-energized after a walk in the woods…if you pay careful attention, you’ll see that all what we need is already there!
Cohort member Silvia Di Blasio applies permaculture principles to start-up development and finds wisdom in natural systems.