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Zen Entrepreneurship: Walking The Path Of The Carreer Warrior Paperback – January 21, 2004
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From the Author
In 1993, I started on an interesting journey in the business world: at the age of 23, I became President & CEO of my first high technology company, called Brainstorm Technologies. I grew this company rapidly and for a time we were known as one of the "hottest" start-ups on the East Coast. As the company grew, so did my understanding about the business world and how it worked.
However, around the same time, I began another journey of personal growth, which became inextricably entwined with the growth of my business. In fact, it led me to some startling lessons about entrepreneurship as a path of personal growth; I learned a set of spiritual practices, techniques, and principles, which had to do with what my mentors called "the hidden worlds".
Eventually, I realized that these lessons were part and parcel of what I learned in the business world, and the only way for me to explain one is to also explain the other.
It took some time for these lessons to sink in, and it was not easy for me to come to the realization that success or failure in the business world is not simply about "dollars and cents", that it could in fact be an integrated part of a path of spiritual growth and personal discovery.
I discovered that starting a business is a much an act of self expression as it is a professional one. I found that our beliefs, energetic patterns, and our thoughts manifest themselves in our careers in ways that I hadn't, and couldn't have imagined.
This, then, is the story of what happened in the everyday world, and how it led to a gradual awakening of what was happening behind the scenes, in the "hidden worlds" during my formative entrepreneurial episode. Writing this book has helped me to find my own path in life and work; may it help you to do the same.
About the Author
Rizwan Virk is an entrepreneur, writer, and computer scientist. He started his first company on a shoestring budget at the age of 23 and rapidly grew it into a multi-million dollar operation with offices around the country. Since then, he has started,
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Zen Entrepreneurship can be read on different levels. On one level is the happy story of Riz, the young computer grad, dreaming of a business of his own. He serendipitously found his way into a meditation class and a new way of life, while building an idea into a multi-million dollar company. The second level offers guidance on how to establish and grow a new business, addressing structural, financial and psychological issues in a way that could be helpful to any aspiring entrepreneur. But the third and most important level is the concept of bringing spiritual practice into the workplace, as Riz provides insight and instruction in meditation and dream work that can be useful regardless of a person's career direction.
"A Career Warrior is someone who can harmoniously bring the insights gained through spiritual practice into the every day world. And someone who can take the challenges and insights gained in the wonderful world of work with them into the hidden worlds." (p. 9).
"You are not looking to start their business, you are looking to start your own business. The lessons that you need are different than the lessons that those folks need. Starting a business is not simply a mechanical thing; it's part of your path to personal growth." (p. 37).
I could go on, quoting significant statements for some time, as each chapter contains choice tidbits to ponder and to practise. I have already begun sharing some of these wisdoms with my clients, including a workplace meditation in which the focus is not a mantra or a breathing technique but rather concentration on a task to the exclusion of everything that might intrude. Other tips have helped me focus my own intention and passion.
Riz finishes the book by sharing the dream which inspired him to write about spirituality in the workplace. He began that very night with an essay outlining the principles of what has since blossomed into this book. Since that beginning, he has continued to establish new technology companies, and to write and speak about the Path of the Career Warrior. On his web site, he announces his next endeavor, a book entitled, Dreaming a Business: Using Dreams, Visions, and Sychronicity in the Workplace. He is collecting stories now. If you hurry, there might be room for yours!
The book describes the convergence of the "hidden" and "real" worlds, showing the definite connection between dreams, events, people, and circumstances. It can seem random and unrelated, but it's all connected in a meaningful way. Riz demonstrates how this has occurred in his business life.
The book is very well written, and it's extremely impactful in a subtle way. Riz is not trying to preach a certain belief system or approach to life which I appreciate. What he does convey is to maintain awareness and take notice of what's going on around you. Connect the seemingly random dots, step back, and you may find that you've drawn a picture of something quite special that you never saw before.
If you've ever wondered what spirituality has to do with business, this book answers not only that question, but its opposite - how does growth in business reflect and manifest itself in the spirit world? The answer may seem simple, but this book makes it clear through the author's own true experiences, that there's much much more to those questions than we realize. So much in fact, that I intuitively know this book will be one I read over and over throughout different times in my life, and each time I suspect I'll learn even more new and invaluable lessons.
Zen Entrepreneurship is a must-have for any spiritual or business library.
It is a beautiful story to be enjoyed by an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur who wants to further understand and explore his/her spiritual side while getting ahead in business.
I couldn't put the book down! It's a rare find and a must read!
It's entertaining, humble, insightful and valuable - not just to entrepreneurs,
but to anyone looking to manifest their dreams and make a difference in the world.