Entrepreneurs: spiritual people

Nic Frances' End of CharityDriving along with a friend recently I remarked I'm beginning to realise that genuinely spiritual people are those who use their intuitive abilities for the good of society: "social entrepreneurs" -- those who actually build or create something new and of value to all.

The rest can meditate and talk and 'bliss out' until the cows come home, but for me, those who actually do things, invent things or invent new ways of doing things, or who bring new awareness, ideas and insights to society are authentically spiritual.

The proof of true spirituality is in one's "productive-creativity"1 which in effect demonstrates the willingness and  ability to trust that which is and remains beyond present or past knowledge2, taking leaps of faith to achieve practical, useful outcomes. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.

What prompted this post was my re-reading an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that I'd read a while back. According to the SMH,

Nic FrancesNic Frances believes risk is what defines great leadership – taking the leap before others and grabbing the opportunity. “Lots of people have ideas, the thing that stands leadership apart is risk. Risk is saying I’m willing to risk my name, my wealth, my status and my relationships to date – personal and public – to stand by an idea and risk looking silly. It’s when you come to the conclusion that you don’t mind looking silly that you’re saying you’re willing to lead,’’ he says.

The article goes on to explain that:

Ultimately he began disillusioned with the ability of the charitable sector to deeply tackle the most inherent social problems facing Australia (because he believes they are not inherent risk takers), which is why he left the Brotherhood. He opted instead to combine the private and charity sectors and create a social enterprise – with a bent on environmental improvement. The result is Nic began Cool nrg about three years ago.

Nic Frances believes risk is what defines great leadership – taking the leap before others and grabbing the opportunity. “Lots of people have ideas, the thing that stands leadership apart is risk. Risk is saying I’m willing to risk my name, my wealth, my status and my relationships to date – personal and public – to stand by an idea and risk looking silly. It’s when you come to the conclusion that you don’t mind looking silly that you’re saying you’re willing to lead,’’ he says.

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  • 1. "Productive-Creativity" is not merely rearranging existing or past information in clever new arrangements, but in producing genuinely new products, ideas, concepts, services and insights. More explained in my "Wonderfully new" post
  • 2. aka the 'meta-physical'

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