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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (January 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413434452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413434453
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,386,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a moving book, particularly if you are an entreprenuear and have suffered through the reflection, self-questioning, loving advice of friends and family, etc. The book allowed me to give myself permsission to view my current entreprenuerial journey as a consultant and developer of sustainable communities as a journey of self discovery. I knew this instinctively, that only by experiencing this journey could I offer authentic guidance to others on similar journeys, however, Virk's work helped me bring this into consciousness and not only accept, but to be inspired by it. The book is charming and easy to read. There are numerous typos, but the flow of the story more than makes up for it. I gave away a couple of copies of this book because I found it so helpful.
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I met Riz in 2002, at Robert Moss's first Dream Teacher Training. I remember him for his energy, enthusiasm, and humor. His book enthralled me in part because I had met Riz, and his wonderful qualities come through loud and clear. But I am recommending the book primarily because of its genuine depictions of spiritual life in the workplace. The story follows Riz along what he calls the Path of the Career Warrior, from skeptic to brilliant dreamer.
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).
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I usually don't read books of this kind, but I really liked Zen Entrepreneurship. It was captivating and kept me interested. It also made me more aware and attentive to what was going on around me - in both the visible worlds and what the author calls the "hidden worlds". I highly recommend it - it helps open up a whole new level of awareness. Bravo!
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This book was recommended at a leadership conference I attended. It's a quick read and quite inspiring. Riz narrates a fascinating account of his own personal journey to relate and bring together different spiritual concepts. While his journey centers on his business life, the concepts presented can apply to every aspect of one's life.

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.
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