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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:42 PM
Love and Money
Anita Sharpe on Business

They go together, says Lance Secretan, who knows a thing or two about creating money-making businesses. He built temp giant Manpower before turning his attention to speaking, writing and working with companies to help them create more inspiring corporate cultures. He makes the business case for 'Love and Truth' in the current issue of Worthwhile magazine. Here's an excerpt:

'Individual experience tells us that fear is the psychological, emotional and spiritual opposite of love. No one is inspired by fear. People are motivated by fear, but they are not inspired by it. Everything that inspires us comes from love --without exception. In fact, there is nothing in our lives from which we get inspiration that does not also give us love. If a sunset inspires you, it is because you love sunsets. If a person inspires you, it is because you love the person. Love is the place that gives rise to inspiration.

Yet, how many people, including leaders, are afraid and embarrassed to include the word 'love' in their vocabulary because they have grown up with an internal voice message that plays over and over: 'If I express love, people will think I am weak, flaky or lacking in resolve, purpose or strength.' But this kind of thinking is based on the erroneous belief that courage and strength are found in aggression, and that gentleness reflects weakness. The bully, who believes that aggression is the best approach in any given situation, is by definition a coward.'

Read the whole article here.

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