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Archetypal Thought for Entrepreneurs and Reinventors

carl-jung-2In Jungian psychology, an archetype is a collectively inherited unconscious idea or pattern of thought that is universally present in individual psyches. A defining archetypal trait of successful entrepreneurs and persons who reinvent themselves can be argued to be authenticity of self.

Swiss psychiatrist and Founder of Analytical Psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, used the ingredients of psychiatry, philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies to develop the central concept of Analytical Psychology and human development: individuation- the psychological process of integrating opposites while still maintaining their relative autonomy.

For many persons, what they are doing today and who they are destined to become can be polar opposites. The journey to self-realization is discovered and realized through entrepreneurism and reinvention from which the undiscovered self comes to realize who he or she truly is. And, Jung celebrated the result of such self-discovery:

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

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Advice from Oprah for Knowing Your True Life Passion

oprah-1I’d say Oprah Winfrey knows a thing or thousand about following your passion to success. Best known for The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated television program of its kind in history, this talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and been bestowed honorary degrees from Duke and Harvard.  Therefore, when Oprah offers advice that benefits entrepreneurs and those looking to reinvent themselves, her words are worth taking to heart:

“Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing.”

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Trump’s Failure at Reinventing Himself

donald-trump-2The recent release of a video showing Donald Trump speaking of women in vulgar sexual terms delivered a punishing blow to his campaign and plunged the Republican party into a crisis just week’s before the election. It was not this single video that did Trump in. Relying purely on his ego and an inflated sense of self, Donald Trump believed he could reinvent himself as a viable candidate for President of the United States without following the essential rules of reinvention:

Use Your Past to Create Your Future: Whereas successful reinventors rely on their strengths to follow their true passions into the future, Trump would have preferred to hide his past from the very people he was asking to trust and invest in him. His arrogance most notably shows itself when his public persona is challenged.

Put in the Work: What clearly came across in the first Presidential debate against Hillary Clinton is that Trump believed he could “wing it” without preparing; that somehow his celebrity status was a free pass that magically brought with it the credibility to debate his ability to lead the country.

Challenge Your Relevancy:  Simply knowing the buzz words for the pain and needs of the American people and parroting them back is not being relevant. Without original thoughts and true solutions to the crises facing America, Trump does not offer a realistic ROV (Return on Vote) with which he can distinguish himself. Trump comes off as someone who really doesn’t care enough to be an expert on the issues. For him, it’s just about the win.

Be Real…Not Reality TV: Only by being authentic and bridling your passion to deliver positive results that benefit everyone can anyone truly impact the world and each person in it. Authenticity is essential.

Don’t Reinvent Yourself Alone: Anyone who has successfully traveled up  reinvention road knows intimately the need to rely on others’ advice and support. He’s completely ignored the mentors who were available to him.

Ironically, for a man who relies on publicly repeating his private sector successes as a businessperson and entrepreneur, Donald Trump breaks every rule of reinvention only to reveal himself as anything but the goods he’s trying to sell America.

Mandela’s Inspiring Words for Entrepreneurs and Reinventors

nelson-mandela-1South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by confronting racism and promoting racial reconciliation.  Mandela later became an elder statesman and focused on charitable work, combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Reflecting on the scale of his legacy, he gained international acclaim for his activism, receiving more than 250 honors including the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Lenin Peace Prize.

Nelson Mandela holds a deep belief that is as relevant on the political stage as it is in the hearts and minds of every entrepreneur and reinventor:

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Dr. John’s Prescription for Risk Taking

dr-john_color5a-houlgraveMalcolm John Michael Creaux “Mac” Rebennack, better known by the stage name Dr. John,  created a signature blend of blues, pop, jazz, zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.  Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies.

greezy-wheels-with-dr-john-posterDr. John’s musical legacy includes recording over 20 albums and a top-20 hit with “Right Place Wrong Time”. He’s the winner of six Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University jokingly referred to by Tulane’s president, Scott Cowen, as “Dr. Dr. John.”

Dr. John’s prescription for risk taking is good medicine for entrepreneurs and reinventors:

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about taking chances, and how it’s really just about overcoming your fears. Because the truth is, every time you take a big risk in your life, no matter how it ends up, you’re always glad you took it.”

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Author Neil Gaiman and Entrepreneurism

neil-gaiman-2English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels and films, Neil Gaiman’s gift for words fills the pages of such outstanding works as The Sandman, American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book.  He has won such recognition as the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards and is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane  was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.

His profound wisdom that has meaning for every entrepreneur is this: “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

What a Former Slave Can Teach Entrepreneurs

harriet-tubman-1Born into slavery, American abolitionist and humanitarian  Harriet Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the underground railroad.

Harriet Tubman’s passionate message is a mantra for every entrepreneur that feels a calling deep within his or her soul to pursue that which is most important:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”