While reading Startup Nation by Jeff Sloan and Rich Sloan, I decided to follow their advice and write a personal manifesto that is the basis for all the work I do. After working inside corporations for so many years, I was a bit turned off by the term “mission statement” as I had seen so many developed in offsite meetings that ultimately were ignored, ridiculed or changed with each wave of new management. But “manifesto” was something that sounded strong, fierce and righteous. The Cluetrain Manifesto would have sounded a lot different if it was called the Cluetrain Mission Statement.
So I took a stab at writing mine and was surprised at how much it clarified who I want to be working with, what kind of work I want to do and most importantly why I want to do it. I found the process so valuable that I am encouraging all my clients to go through it. Here it is:
I promote liberation from oppressive environments, relationships, limiting beliefs and unhealthy lifestyles. I live my life consistent with this value and encourage my clients to do the same.
I use my creative fire to spark the businesses of those who want to do good in the world. My clients promote health, well-being, creativity, reconciliation, growth, joy, education, abundance and freedom from fear with the products and services they sell.
I see my clients. I support, celebrate and help grow their creative gifts.
I love and cherish my family. I understand that my clients feel the same way about their families and I use this as a central value in our work together.
I believe in abundance and support the prosperity and financial well-being of myself and each of my clients.
Thanks for letting me share this! What is your manifesto?
P.S. Yes, this picture of me is more than 10 years old, but it definitely reminds me of my manifesto!