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The Reluctant [V One] Entrepreneur

I have never really liked rich people. I have always assumed they were snobby and that they only hung out with other rich people. I tend to subscribe to the generally accurate assumption that people who have made money did so by either taking advantage of the environment or of someone else or both. I always thought that when someone said they were self employed, it was a lame excuse to cover the fact they were actually unemployed, like my ex-husband who got us into a lot of debt. I assumed that business owners are always working and that they neglect their families and friends for the sake of chasing the next sale. And I have been jealous of people with money because, well, I’ve never really had any money myself. I come from a very modest, if not downright poor working class Pennsylvania family. I put myself through school and I’ve worked in the public sector my entire life, living paycheck to paycheck but feeling self-righteous for my sacrifice for the greater good. I am the classic single mom with a back-story. You see, I think that I thought I was better than those people because I had a purpose for my work. But, if I was being completely honest, the sacrifices I’ve made for my family and the balance in my savings account never seemed to level the playing field. I guess I’ve always wanted more.

I love this Ted Talk with Dan Pallotta {https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong?language=en} where he talks about what is wrong with the public sector. He says that universities are multi-million dollar a year businesses churning out $300K a year talent. The choice is between being someone who takes the higher salary at the expense of social or environmental justice values but at the end of the day is earning enough capital and prestige to not only donate to their charity of choice but also sit on the board of their chosen nonprofit and tell the poor sap who graduated with them, earning a fraction of their salary, who willingly chose to go into the public sector, what to do, when and how often.

I am the poor sap who choose to go into public sector and earn less and to feel undervalued by the private sector CEOs sitting on my board. And yes, they do have the pleasure of telling me what to do, when and how often. So, I’ve become slightly jaded about entrepreneurs and private sector CEOs. I kinda hate them.

Then I met Jeremy Redman from Not Boring Business fame and CEO or V One, Inc {https://notboringbusiness.com/}. He was, first of all, not boring, not snobby and not at all lame. Hearing him and his guests on his podcast talk about their businesses and why they do what they do made me realize that they are not selfish, snobby assholes but instead, they are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who are doing what they love, what they are good at and ideally, what they have found can pay the bills. That’s pretty fucking beautiful.

The truth is that there is a multidimensional trajectory for anyone entering into the business sector, whether public or private. And the less one adheres to lame mainstream free market minions, the more they can define their own path. Money isn’t everything. Being able to choose your own day to day routine, make decisions about your time (since we’ve all got a limited supply of it) and having an opportunity to share your gifts is something magical that no paycheck can replace. Sure, we all need to earn money to live, but at what cost?

When you can figure out how to get paid for doing what you love, you are now living on purpose and you are lit up! You are full of light and energy and purpose and gratitude because you become the writer of your destiny and the conduit for your untethered dreams.

That is what my new app, LiT is supposed to help with. It is a life improvement tool, that anyone can use to define their purpose, set goals and measure and track achievement towards those goals. Think of it like a “Fit Bit” for life.

I never thought I would be on a business blog or podcast talking about my own business — well, yes, sure, I used to dream about it. But now, with the help of Your V One, I am actually doing it. And, honestly, there’s nothing boring about that.

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