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How Self-Reflection Can Revolutionize Our World

Article  published by Rank and File  in Issue Six’s “Tools of the Trade” 

A Broader Inquiry for Deeper Meaning: How Self-Reflection Can Revolutionize Our World with Joel Solomon

 

Impact investor Joel Solomon’s life should have turned out quite differently.

Born into a family that successfully developed shopping malls in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he could easily have slipped into the family business, made a very good living and been hailed as a wealthy businessman. Instead, Joel left home on a journey of self-discovery, leading him to a life and career with a deeper, more profound type of impact. He is now the chair of Renewal Funds, the largest mission venture capital firm in all of Canada, with $98 million assets under management, and most recently, the author of “The Clean Money Revolution.”

Rank & File chats with Joel as he rides on the ferry from Cortes Island in the Pacific Northwest, his spiritual home for decades. With the sound of the ocean breeze in the background, Joel’s gentle voice still carries a hint of his southern upbringing, and underscores his deep, unhurried wisdom.

An Uncertain Future

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Leadership and Money

By Tracy Theemes, who will be presenting Money Mindfulness at Hollyhock in August 2017.

I recently spoke to a group of mid-career female professionals about leadership, power and money.

This group was knowledgeable, courageous and focused. Talking about leadership was easy – we revere it, fund organizations dedicated to it, write books about it. It’s the holy grail of discussion topics. When we discuss leadership, good and evil, morality and values, everyone puts on their happy face.

But when we got into the areas of power and money, things got tense.

I asked them this question: “If you had unlimited power, what would you do with it? Take a few minutes and write down your ideas”…

They began to twitch. Half of this group, for instance, dismissed the idea out of hand, saying, essentially, no thanks. The notion of power had them running for the hills. Other answers were general in scope. I’d abolish world hunger. I’d eliminate fossil fuel use. I’d educate every person in the world.

There is often a disconnect between leadership, power and money, but if you have unlimited power, you can access money. All resources are available to you.

So, then I posed the question, “If you had unlimited money, what would you do?”

The answers ranged from looking after friends and family to buying a planet. These are not so much real objectives as they are dreams, hopes and to a large degree, fantasies.

With this experiment, three things became apparent:

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Leadership in the Clean Money Revolution

By Joel Solomon who will be presenting Accelerate Your Enterprise at Hollyhock June 2017.

The key to success in life is an “examined self”. That means gaining an understanding of what makes us who we are,and exploring elements of uncertainty, doubt, over-confidence, anxiety,  and our emotional make up. This work is lifelong.

Hollyhock gave me the doorway to begin this journey in a more intentional way. “What makes me who I am?” “What do I believe about spirituality?” “Why do I react to others the way I do?” “What are my emotional secrets?” “What is honesty?”

It’s incumbent on each of us to find our own pathway. Below is an excerpt from my newly released book,  Clean Money Revolution:

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