zen and the art of small business

Daruma dolls have their genesis with the father of Zen Buddhism...

daruma dolls are a tangible reminder of the enlightement achieved by the father of zen buddhism. (photo credit :: american express open)

as this recent article on goal setting astutely pointed out, "it's not that people don't know how to set a goal.   it's that they have a hard time keeping it."

i was drawn to this article because of its title (referring to "zen luck"),  and was especially pleased to learn about the significance of the daruma doll in japanese culture.  apparently, daruma dolls are  given to individuals taking on a new challenge or direction (which can include starting a new venture or setting a significant goal).    at the start of this journey, the recipient of the doll makes a wish and paints in one eye (usually the left).  the other eye is painted when the goal is achieved.

Children of the 1970's, do you remember "weebles" ("weebles wobble but they won't fall down")?  the creator of the weeble must have been a zen practitioner, as weebles are just like a well-made daruma doll -- "bouncing back to regain its balance, and symbolizing an undaunted spirit and recovery from misfortune."

We have a quotation hanging in the zen bungalow that reads "failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.  -- henry ford."   i guess ford was a zen practitioner, too.    whether you're a successful capitalist or enlightened buddhist monk, however, the lesson remains the same.

in pursuit of our goals, we will be knocked over.  many times.  the key to achieving our goals lies in reminding ourselves to emulate daruma.   happy 2011!

happy n.e.w. year

the network of enterprising women at the zen bungalow

the zen bungalow happily hosted the network of enterprising women this evening.

about 30  members from the network for enterprising women (n.e.w.) gathered at the bungalow this evening to ring in the n.e.w. year.  we hope a good time was had by all, and wish everyone in the group health, happiness and success for 2011!

the network of enterprising women is an organization of women business professionals from the metrowest area.  n.e.w. was formed to provide business support, education, networking, marketing opportunities, and to help facilitate both personal and professional growth for its members.  you can learn more about n.e.w. and its programs by visiting their website ::  http://www.networkofenterprisingwomen.com

later this month, plan on joining us for our first lunchtime office hours in 2011 as pattie sinacole of the first beacon group helps business owners demystify the alphabet soup of employment laws and regulations.