Daily Archives: November 11, 2014

What Legacy Will You Leave?

Woman_thinking_of_questionWhen it comes to your business or your life, what kind of legacy are you leaving for the next generation? That is a question that people who are interested in social entrepreneurship frequently ask.

A different kind of entrepreneur

You’ve probably heard the over-used term “heart-centered” entrepreneur. Actually, most entrepreneurs care about their clients or customers, so I’m not sure if that term is truly accurate.

What I’m seeing are more entrepreneurs who give back to certain causes. For many, their cause is their “why”. It may be something they’ve personally gone through and overcome or just something that they really feel passionate about. It’s also a great motivator to know that you’re not just making money for you but also for your cause.

Success, therefore, takes on a new meaning.

Defining success

When I take on a new coaching client, I like to find out how they define success. I’d like to know what they’re shooting for and what their hopes and dreams are.

Often, the issue of family comes up, especially with women. They want to succeed to be a good role model for their kids. Some also want to be able to leave something behind.

The more we talk, however, the more obvious it becomes that they have a very strong cause that they want to support. Sometimes, it’s several causes. Then, we need to figure out how we can meet their income goals and be able to fund their project or idea.

Camera_lensWhat’s your vision?

Do you have a vision or a cause that you’d like to move forward with? What steps can you take to get closer to that goal?

It helps to find other kindred spirits for support and connections. They are probably right within your community. You can find them in MeetUp groups, networking events, and by speaking to people who are affiliated with non-profits.

As for me, I want to offer hope and healing through coaching and drum therapy to those who are hurting or in transition. These can be teens or adults. I know I may need a larger vehicle or a “drum bus” and possibly more drums and percussion instruments. I’m working on the funding. Stay tuned…

How about you? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Dori Staehle is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She helps creative types get unstuck and move their talent or their business onto the next stage and can also help alleviate ADHD symptoms naturally. Dori is also a motivational speaker, drum therapist, and author of a forthcoming book about overcoming adversity and starting a creative business on a shoestring. If you’re ready to move forward, contact Dori for a complimentary, 30-min. consult.