Introducing The Mess Before Success www.themessbeforesuccess**** From: Beforesuccess | April 22, 2010 | 1 views The wonderful people we interview are with no script, no agenda, no restrictions, just the raw truth. All are successful in their own
right, no one story is the same but some common themes keep recurring; integrity, being open and transparent with others, seek
great mentors, don't stop three feet from gold, worry about the seeds you sow not the crops you will reap.
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Guru Kaur is a woman who has integrated into her life ancient wisdoms in a way appropriate for the 21st Century woman.
She has a great breadth of understanding of the demands placed on a modern woman, both here and in the East and is an authority on the integration of professional and personal ambitions. She has worked in predominantly male environments, lived in rural India and run her own business.
Guru Kaur is renowned for giving very straight talking spiritual guidance in highly practical terms. Many lives have been inspired by hers and her guidance.
Amongst the many roles she plays are:
* Founder of Regally Graceful™
* Highly respected teacher of Kundalini Yoga
* Corporate Consultant and Leadership Trainer
* Author and regular columnist
Guru Kaur is also a Sikh Minister (the first among white women in the UK) and ran a KRI Certified Teacher Training Programme of Kundalini Yoga for several years. She runs, with her business partner Hari Karam Singh, the Be the Woman You were Born to Be Course and Online Community.
Guru Kaur attends regular lessons in London as a beginner in the Japanese Art of the Way of Tea. She is married to the photographer and photojournalist, Nick Fleming (they've been together since they were 16) and has a little white Bolognese puppy named Millie. They are based in London, UK.
Those who know her are touched by her deep ability to connect, her outstanding sense of humour, her rugged determination, but most of all, by her attitude of non-compliance with the norm. Through trial and error, the teachings of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, have proven themselves over and over again. Undoubtedly Kundalini Yoga and her daily sadhana practice of rising in the amrit vela (the first light before sunrise) are the backbone to her life.
This testimonial describes her most accurately:
“We all know that special and talented people exist, however, it is seldom that any of us have the opportunity to meet or share time with them.
When I first met Guru Kaur I knew instantly that she was a totally unique person motivated by her love of life. She not only understands life itself but at a level of perception beyond the norm. She is naturally driven to help others by means of her knowledge and example.
She is young and British and has embraced the most valuable aspects of spiritual enlightenment and lifestyle from Eastern cultures. She is one of the most approachable, intelligent and open human beings I have ever met. Her advice, inner warmth and encouragement have already helped me to balance my own life, and I have no hesitation in recommending her to others.”
- Mary Poulter of tenderella.bolognese****
Listen here to Guru Kaur speaking about True Leadership to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship Leadership Programme when she shares the story and lessons of her life.
This is how she got here:
The different strands of my life have woven together to create an experience of life way beyond anything that I could ever have dreamed of when I was just starting out. With a Classics degree from King’s College, London in the bag, I really had no idea at all what would fill the rest of my life. Becoming a Chartered Accountant seemed like a sensible start: “get a good professional qualification under your belt; it will stand you in good stead”. The day that the final exam results came through I was totally surprised to find that I had indeed passed them, first time.
This was quickly followed by a deep sinking feeling: now what?
It took a further 18 months before I joined the City, in its effervescent just post-Big Bang euphoria, first as a Small Companies Analyst before migrating to what became Merrill Lynch’s Corporate Broking Department to set up and run their Investor Relations Team. It was an amazing time to be in the City. It was undoubtedly a man’s world into which I had wandered but I felt well qualified to be there in my own right.
I remember one day sitting on a train coming back to London from a company visit thinking how incredible it was to be exposed to such diverse businesses, exceptional high calibre people and the outstanding training it was giving me. However, underneath there continued to be a deepening sense of unease which began to manifest through various illnesses. These led me to explore alternative ways of caring for myself and became the crossroads into the next phase of my life.
Just after my 30th birthday, I met my first Teacher, Guru Singh, who guided me through a very deep self healing process. He introduced me to the sacred science of Kundalini Yoga and to Yogi Bhajan, the wise and straight-talking man who had brought this ancient, and previously inaccessible, technology to the west, and opened up Sikh Dharma to those of non-Indian origin. It was Yogi Bhajan who blessed me with the challenge to live as Guru Kaur. Meeting him gave me the feeling of being completely understood and a sense of self which had first been awakened by Guru Singh.
In 1995 I went for 5 days to the Golden Temple in Amritsar with Guru Singh and a large group of White Sikhs. I had gone there as a perfectly (in)sane stockbroker; how could I possibly have undergone such an intense meditation and healing experience? It was beyond my understanding. For the next 3 years I combined my spiritual and my professional life by keeping them separate: I qualified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and taught 3 regular classes a week while still maintaining a heavy work travel schedule around the US and Europe.
In 1998 I took Amrit (Sikh baptism), left the City and went to live for the year in the run-up to the Sikh Tercentenary celebration in Punjab as a representative of Yogi Bhajan. I lived for 3½ months in the Golden Temple complex, ironically in the very same room that I had seen 3 years before (“I could never live in a room like that” were the precise words I had used) and then 7 months in Anandpur Sahib, where I lived in a family who took me in when I had nowhere else to stay.
Punjab at the time was still very un-westernised and was not particularly accustomed to seeing western women. I spent a lot of my time doing seva, selfless service, in the Gurdwara kitchens or washing floors. This year gave me an extraordinary insight into life. It was as far from my City life as it was possible to imagine. Instead of the 5 star hotels there was one bucket of water (cold) per person per day. Hospitality was spiritual rather than corporate.
On my return to England it was obvious that my life would be very different from before as I sought to integrate my spiritual outlook on life and my English professional life. I set up Amritvela Limited with my husband, Nick Fleming (we’ve been together since we first met at school aged 16) and began a journey to fulfil a lifelong dream of running my own clothing company.
Inspired by Yogi Bhajan's comment to me to be "Regally Graceful" I created Amritvela's Regally Graceful® bespoke couture and clothing collection, and concept. To support this I began running Regally Graceful® courses and consultancy to help men and women maintain their grace in any environment, find and build professional and personal fulfilment. At the end of 2005 we discontinued the Bespoke Couture side of Regally Graceful allowing me to focus more on the bigger concept of Regally Graceful, taking it to a larger audience through teaching and digital media.
Throughout I have continued to teach regular classes of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and ran Kundlalini Yoga Teacher Training Programmes in London each year until 2006. In 2002 I was ordained as a Minister of Sikh Dharma. In 2003 the International Kundlaini Yoga Teachers Association awarded me their accolade as an Aquarian Teacher for my outstanding service.
The same year I was selected by Yogi Bhajan (Siri Singh Sahib) to join the International Khalsa Council, the subtle and meditative body which serves the spirit of Sikh Dharma in the Western Hemisphere, as a full member. I served as the Chairwoman of the European Khalsa Council from 2004 to 2007. In recent years I have shared my love of Northern India by leading Holy Days Tours combining the intensity of spiritual experience with the wonders of Indian culture.
In January 2008 I launched with my business partner, Hari Karam Singh, the Be the Woman You were Born to Be... Online Course and Community. I am deeply touched by the outstanding feedback from the women who are part of this and love being part of the subtlety of teaching and leading virtually.
By Jayson Orvis, to be published in early 2010
You belong to a cult.
You may not have shaved your head yet, but you’ve definitely been sipping the punch and probably trying to get your friends to join, too. Tragically, this cult has sapped a lot of life out of the American Dream for you.
It’s the Cult of Entrepreneurialism and it’s made it next to impossible for you to get your butt off the couch to start your business. If not for the Cult, you could take your place among the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have made jaw-dropping personal fortunes in this land of milk and honey by launching their own business.
But the brain-fog befuddles you because you don’t know where to start your new business and because you’re afraid of what you don’t know. You’ve become a zombie-eyed member of the sect that preaches that being an entrepreneur is complicated, expensive, and full of ritual. Those beliefs weren’t taught to you in business school, either. All you had to do was to catch an episode of Shark Tank, log on to the Small Business Administration website, watch a late-night infomercial or pick up just about any business magazine and, POOF!, you were converted.
The Cult has probably got you believing that you need startup capital, a business plan, or that you need to invent some cool product. And, that’s just the beginning of the brainwashing you’ve suffered.
I don’t know who masterminded it, but someone brainwashed us all and in the process wiped out a chunk of the American Dream. Maybe it was the big corporations. Maybe it was the business experts. Maybe it was the Beatles when you play their records backward.
Whoever it was, they ransacked the age-old piece of American wisdom that any one of us could plunk down a dollop of chutzpah and make a bunch of money by starting a small business. For hundreds of years in this country, fresh-from-the-boat immigrants stepped off the pier, made a bunch of hair ribbons or bicycle horns at a cost of fifty cents apiece, sold them for a dollar, parlayed that into a chain of convenience stores and sent their kids to private school.
What changed?? Why is it so much harder now?
NOTHING’S changed! It’s no harder now than it was then to start a business and make big money.
But we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that it’s hard to start a business. That’s all. The Cult has convinced us that there’s a laundry list of stuff that must be completed before we make a dime: brilliant idea, cool invention, logo, business cards, legal structure, patents, fax lines, websites, email addresses, business licenses, offices, uniforms, business plans, investors, partners, accountants, attorneys, agreements, Quickbooks, graphic design, meetings, etc., etc., etc.. We complicate the hell out of starting a small business when the formula has always been stunning in its simplicity:
1. Create value. 2. Get paid for it.
No start-up capital necessary. No brilliant, new business concept needed. No business expertise required. No business plan. No quippy name. No amazing logo. Just dig up a little “can-do” inside yourself and RADICALLY change your financial reality.
Shrug off the Cult. Shun complication. Embrace simplicity. Revel in common sense.
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After 36 years of committed service, calling Gurutej a yoga instructor is a little like calling the Hope Diamond – a gem! Through Kundalini Yoga, Gurutej is a teacher in the principals and yogic essence of life.
Recognized worldwide as a Master Yoga Instructor, Gurutej is first and foremost, wholeheartedly committed to rousing community outreach and responding to philanthropic causes. She has sponsored programs to feed the homeless at a Los Angeles area missions, teaches weekly yoga classes at Hamilton High School, (whose diverse student population has to wait almost a year before they move far enough up the list to get into her class), and services her community in many untold ways.
This spring she will appear in the opening episode of a new reality series, scheduled for ABC daytime. She has a soon to be released yoga DVD called, Awakening the Intuition in Women, a pending book titled, A Slice of the Beloved: A Guide of Conscious Couples and created a line of yoga and health related products: all while maintaining a rigorous classroom, retreat and personal engagement schedule. A mere mortal might find this exhausting, but says the beautiful blue eyed, 57 year old, with a smile, “This is what I do!”
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Bryan Heathman's Path from Employee to Entrepreneur
Bryan Heathman lost his job but had already been working on a Plan B to start a company of his own. Today, he is the founder of Made for Success, an audio recordings company. He's also written a book that helps other entrepreneurs to make the most of their ecommerce websites.
If you think you may lose your job and are considering starting a business, don't wait to lose your job before you start working on starting a company of your own.
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In this crazy world of employment, a good job can be outsourced at a moment's notice.
That's what happened to Bryan Heath's position. But he's bounced back with a thriving startup and an excellent book. Here's his story of his transition from employee to employer and entrepreneur.
Bryan, what type of firm were you working at when you were let go? Was it part of a downsizing or was there some other reason given by them? How long had you been there?
I was at a manufacturing company supplying the Photographic Industry with high-speed digital printers. The photo business has been in a prolonged downturn over the previous 8 years, with 25% annual declines in volumes. My title was VP of Sales & Marketing and my job was outsourced for financial reasons. I was with the firm for 3.5 years.
Well, sounds like that unfortunate event worked out for the best. You've got your own company now, right? What is it and what do you do there?
I have been working on a start-up for the last 18 months. The company is called Made for Success, and we are based in Seattle, Washington. We license and distribute audio recordings from prominent professional speakers including NFL quarterbacks, Navy Seals, fighter pilots, authors and other high achieving millionaires.
I run the company, with the help of 5 part-time contractors.
We have 3 revenue streams:1) Physical retail distribution into mass merchants like Costco and Barnes & Noble. We have licensed certain titles to a Publisher, who manufactures these retail products in exchange for back-end royalties; 2) Digital distribution network of audio downloads in the form of MP3 audios. We currently have our products in catalogs representing 85% of all spoken-word online retailers in North America, including distribution in the UK, Germany, Japan and Australia; 3) Direct to consumer website operated at www.MadeForSuccess****, where consumers can subscribe to receive 4 audios/month for a $20 monthly subscription
Working from home has given me the flexibility to write a book and start a consulting practice, helping companies build profitable ecommerce websites. The book is called "Conversion Marketing" and is about how to convert website Visitors into Buyers. The website for the book is www.ConversionMarketingBook****.
Wow. You've been busy. So, why did you decide to be an entrepreneur instead of just looking for another job?
I have a passion for taking ideas and turning them into profitable companies. I have a high tolerance for risk, combined with the skills associated with integrating small companies into large companies.
Super entrepreneur and COO of 123Employee Daven Michaels has made a career of living the American Dream. Starting his entrepreneurial career at age 15, Daven never looked back. Best selling music and television producer, author, speaker and entrepreneur, Daven shows the little guy how to play ball with the big corporations and beat them at their own game.
Since writing `Outsource This̒ 'Your Complete Resource to the World of Global Outsourcing, ̒ Daven Michaels has become an advocate for the small business owner and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows across North America.
His book has sold 1,000’s copies worldwide.
“Hiring employees overseas is uncharted waters.” “Without a sturdy vessel, and a well thought out course of action, a business is destined for a failure.” Daven Michaels helps small business navigate these uncharted waters. “For the first time in history, armed with the tools and knowledge, a small business can actually level the playing field and trounce the competition, even if the competition is a huge multinational conglomerate.
How does a conductor of orchestras and choirs teach leadership - very enthusiastically! Hugh Ballou teaches leaders around the globe how to build synergy with teams and how to build effective processes that bring success to any organization - no matter how small or how large. "I travel around the country and around the world and find that you can change the name of the organization, the location and the type of structure and you will still have the same issues - leaders not leading effectively!"
Ballou brings 40 years of experience as conductor to his leadership training. "I call the training The Quintessential Leader: Four principles for transforming your organization and your teams, but no one can produce effective teams without fine-tuned leadership skills. I teach business executives how an orchestra conductor brings out the best skill of the players that have been hired. The conductor is a dictator, however, if the conductor hires a good oboe player, then it's best to let that oboe player use his or her skill rather than tell then how to play the oboe!" It sounds silly, however, leaders who micro-manage those whom they lead only receive a fraction of the performance that is ultimately possible. Let the team perform!
The skill set of planning for success, constructing powerful goals, and delegating with authority are consistent themes where many leaders underperform.
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As author of 5 books on Transformational Leadership, Ballou works as executive coach, process facilitator, trainer and motivational speaker teaching leaders in many diverse fields the fine-tune skills employed every day by orchestral conductors.