Friday, November 15, 2013

12 Reasons to Startup With Mindfulness

I have been most grateful for the many ways in which mindfulness practice has sustained me in my journey as a startup entrepreneur. For those of you on a similar journey, here are 12 reasons why you might want to consider taking up mindfulness. 

Mindfulness, commonly known as the practice of present moment attention, also encompasses the cultivation of other qualities which happen to be essential for entrepreneurship. Here they are, in no particular order:

Paying attention to the big picture and small details that can do you in 

To overcome inevitable challenges, disappointments, obstacles, setbacks.

Not being afraid to give of oneself completely, hard work.

Passion and love for the cause.

In outcome, process, and more importantly, one's ability.

Non attachment
Particularly to one's views when it is clear that another course of action is required. And also, the outcome. 

Loving kindness
First for oneself, then others. This does not mean being meek . . . 

Being focused on the work to be done.

Guarding from hasty decisions and taking the time to sort things out. 

Not being fazed by all the things that go wrong - they will go wrong!

Not self
Getting one's ego out of the way. Instead doing what is required by the work and circumstances.

Most importantly, picking partners, mentors, friends wisely. 

What else would you add to the list? 

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