Over the summer, I have been working on numerous projects. One area I want to work more in is innovation and support for new entrepreneurs. I have designed this first freebie which is a journal prompt and from the program Fearless Flow which has three modules, to help a new entrepreneur or an entrepreneur get back into their flow. Here is the link on Teachable and is composed of three modules: Respectful You, Relevant You, & Relational You, https://besup.teachable.com/ Yes if you have worked with Indigenous Methodologies your seeing all your favourite words applied to business now. As someone who has worked in Indigenous Methodologies, this is a course that is much about self, community, and the entrepreneur journey.
This uniquely designed entrepreneur program has been designed using a design that brings out your personal best, in a way that shifts and supports success.
A huge motivator for me in developing this program was based on my vulnerabilities and moving past the barriers of underemployment.
Summertime is a special time that gets us out of our usual schedules and out and about. Vacations happen in the summer, usually. Or long stretches for mothers or care providers who are taking care of little ones.
If you want to witness a natural display of a sense of wonder, just observe a child. A child’s whole world is viewed through the eyes of wonder and excitement. A child has no judgements of why things are so, but rather a child is in awe of life and views life through innocence, purity and curiosity, writes, Mary Paleologos, Contributor & Transformational coach, clinical hypnotherapist, counselor for Huff Post.
Children remind us about the importance of wonder and even joy.
Joy as a lifestyle approach is an important and valuable way of viewing your world, and something more highly popularized with the Kon Mari Method, see founder Marie Kondo. Marie Konda speaks a lot about joy. A good way to begin your day, could be around making space for joy. This could occur with the music we chose to listen to, the books we chose to read, the places we go, and the spaces we create for ourselves.
Questions to begin your day?
What is it that makes you feel joy?
Is there one thing in the day, that you can do to ensure joy?
Where would this be?
Who could this be with?
These are ways to frame your day to ensure joy is a part of it.
A year ago I learned about developing my own prospective online course. I finally have developed this for new entrepreneurs.
Fearless Flow is an online course that is based on four methods of teaching and based on Indigenous teachings.
1. Experiential: This is about being guided by the course in addition, too, experimenting with your own inner compass and knowledge. This is about your right to own your inner way of knowing and knowledge. This is guided by your intuition, expertise, and vision.
2. Best Practices: This is about practices that are backed up with evidence, both by researchers who are aligned in the field of entrepreneurship, and that will best support your success.
3. Transformation: This is about you owning your knowledge, sales, and ways of best supporting your market.
4. Fearless & Courage: Working within a system that best serves you. That you have visioned, created, and that ultimately is guided by your inner way of knowing, and will benefit because it is your gift.
There is so much to be said about getting grounded.
What does this mean for you?
What and how do you become grounded?
Groundedness is about connectedness.
Connectedness is about so many things.
Its about a recognizing the roles we play. The relationships we have. The work we do. The ones we love. The ones we care for. The relationships we have to water, to Land, to each other.
Groundedness is about that recognition of the important things in life that give us hope, and a desire to share ourselves with one another.
Groundedness is setting a foundation and a base.
Setting a basic routine for that self care that includes getting grounded can be a good beginning for your business.
Having a clear mindset can help us to prioritize our needs, and wants.
Once we get grounded, in our own ways, whether through prayer, and intention of taking care of our spiritual needs and those relationships.
Something I have been thinking about lately, and working into the course I am developing is Listed in Me.Inc. one of my summer reads, listed are the following necessities. While there are 7 according to the writer, focussing on one area would be a good way to begin. Groundedness can happen when we focus on one area, naturally this expands into the others.
- solid interpersonal relationships
- physical health
- spiritual fulfillment
- emotional wellbeing
- intellectual stimulation
- career achievement
- financial security
beSuperior will be hosting an Indigenous Knowledge Conference in the Fall in Thunder Bay with the Title “Mentoring a Generation of Leaders’
The focus of this Professional Development opportunity will be determined as time and effort to hear from prospective presenters. If you feel you’d like to present please submit your information to me at email@example.com
There are many themes to look upon which are the layers of support we need to do what we need to do well: Land based, resilience, family, self care, wellness, safety, cultural teachings, health, education, mentoring, & entrepreneurship.
I have a larger vision of building more supports for youth. Identifying what this means, and how this looks for the north shore of Lake Superior.
While the conference will have an approach of Indigenous Methodologies, the conference will focus on being as open to partnerships and in recognition of making helping to support better relationships and build support.
Parameters of presenters should fall under:
Respectful: what is it that I have to offer that relates to respect.
Relevance: what or how or why is what I have to share relevant.
Reciprocity: how does what I have to offer give back to the community, and even lending itself to sustainability? Or what or how is this sustainable?
At the moment, beSuperior will be seeking funders who can help to support this conference.
“The social change comes when a person gets access to that capital. They get a job, increase their income, start eating better, get pride of ownership — it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Calgary-based First Nations entrepreneur Nicole Robertson also got her start with IBC. After working as a reporter across Canada, she started an award-winning media production company 15 years ago.
She said if it wasn’t for IBC, she wouldn’t have gone very far because she didn’t have a lot of assets when she started out.
“If I didn’t have them as a backup, what would I do? I wouldn’t have been able to do it any other way, when I looked at what a bank traditionally looks at,” said Robertson.
“But I built the relationship with IBC, I paid my loans always on time. They treat you like a human being, rather than just a number or policy.”
Being a successful woman in business is empowering, she said, especially considering the historical trauma that has held a lot of Indigenous women back.
Both Robertson and Solway hope to see more Indigenous women take the leap of faith to help change the landscape of business.
“We’re smart, with valuable abilities,” said Solway.
“So our ladies can flourish, can be out there, be proactive and not give up. We see too much of them giving up on their pride. We’ve gone through enough, but we need to move on now. We need to do something with ourselves.”