Surviving as an Entrepreneur: It Takes a Village


Article by John Scardina
Photo Credit: Halley Elefante
Magazine: Issue #36

It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

I was thinking the other day about how my life has unfolded over the recent years and all events that have brought me to where I am now as an entrepreneur. Every choice I’ve made has happened right or wrong for a single purpose in order to bring me here today. I did manifest and meditate along the way visualizing where I wanted to be, and my vision has become extremely close to my current reality. But I wondered ever so deeply, “why am I here now?” When I tell people about what I do in business, certainly if they are not from the same holistic realm they look a bit bewildered. “I’m a healer, an educator, and a believer in spiritual health.” I receive so many questions of what it is that I actually do from those who not found a path yet, or those who belong to another village. So I answer as many questions as I can in order to inform people of all possibilities if only they choose a path, their own path.

It even gets a bit stranger for me when I tell them that I often write for an amazing women’s entrepreneurial magazine. This one sentence statement gets me looks that are so entertaining. I often wonder myself why I’m here doing this right now at this point and realized it’s what I have always manifested, “Being a respected part of a village.”

It does take this village for all of us to succeed in business, those who are like minded, searching for answers and dedicated to helping others succeed. Without the help of this village we are just solitary entrepreneurs struggling along a lonesome path just surviving in business without the help of others. This is a path I first followed when I knew everything or at least thought I did. This proved to be just an existence that was just simple and rarely profitable. The rarely profitable part was something that I have never manifested at any level, but the solitary path nurtured a lack of profitability for a long time before I came to realize that it does really take a village. I needed to become part of this village and by doing my homework I educated myself on networking skills and learned about the village and introduced myself. Learning and sharing with this village has allowed me to become a respected member of the village and very profitable on a regular basis.

If you want to do more than just survive as an entrepreneur, study your village, introduce yourself, teach this village, learn from this village, and most of all share with this village. As holistic entrepreneur’s we need each other in order to succeed, we really do need the village.

I could not imagine not being part of a village and when people ask me what it is I do now, I reply “I’m a healer, educator, and a believer of spiritual health amongst many others”.

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