As an intuitive business coach I meet a lot of entrepreneurs dealing with the questions like whether or not they are on the right path or whether or not they should continue because of the economic crisis and the decrease of income that came with it. As the Chinese character crisis also means opportunity, I also see this economic crisis as an opportunity. Even though you are an expert unable to find your way through the big forest crowded experts towards a customer, always remember none of us are the same. Trust your uniqueness.

Assemble your own Council of wise 12. Collect 12 people who have inspired you. They can be relatives, but also people in history. Twelve black and white framed pictures with an important quote on the wall to share moments of reflection. One of my own Council of wise 12 is Martha Graham, the founder of modern dance. Here words are the ones I love to share to any entrepreneur dealing with insecurity.

'There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.'

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest.'

A powerful message that always seems to touch another and provides courage to move on or change course. Life is art, entrepreneurship is an art. Make your life and your enterprise with it, your masterpiece! Initially this column has been written for and has been published on Oost-online.nl (Dutch) on March 15, 2013.


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