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“I first found myself sitting in front of Chogyam Trungpa 45 years ago at one of his early seminars in New York. With that began five years of retreats; cleaning his house in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.; living in and around the Naropa community there; attending seminars of many descriptions and sitting and more sitting. And, occasionally cracking a text.
“Fairly quickly, the need to pay rent and put some food on the table had to strike a balance with my new bodhisattva path. Several years of sporadic entrepreneurial adventures intermingled with intense legal work as I developed a conscientious objector petition at the most intense period of the Vietnam War. When my CO status was granted (just about simultaneously with my receiving a high draft lottery number), I was out of excuses and needed to work on right livelihood while continuing to dance with the Dharma.
“… But life since then has taught me some business lessons that I want share:
“Lesson 1: If you’re really stuck, go sit until you are inspired or the phone rings.
“It was clearly time for a reboot and so I just sat and waited. Eventually a college acquaintance came along who was getting ready to complete a natural resource IPO in Canada. And then a year or so later, I was the president. (Over the next three decades, I’d be president of numerous other public companies and private ventures.)
“Lesson 2: It’s not always critical, wise or profitable to be early in an emerging field. Fast followers, however, often live to fight another day or become the heroes. Find a hot trend and become better at it. …”
From Mandala July-September 2013
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