Love, Sex & Money…What 50 Shades of Grey Has To Do With Your Business…
Readers around the World turned 50 shades of pink blushing at the erotic literary phenomenon ’50 Shades of Grey’.
The author, E L James first published her novel as a PDF eBook online and it quickly became the most downloaded book of all time.
Here’s why this is important for you in your business and what we can learn from E L James’ huge and apparently unexpected success….
From Excellence to Genius
E L James had always dreamed of writing books ‘people would fall in love with’. After a career in TV she finally allowed herself to step into her passion and write, with the result being a $5million deal for the film rights, hitting the number 1 spot on NY Times and Amazon Bestseller lists 3 months in a row and 31 million eBooks & books sold, and counting…
Lesson: Work in your ‘zone of genius’ and the money will floooow!
Is there something that makes your heart sing that you would love to do? Begin dedicating some time to that, even if it is just day dreaming the possibility for now, and start putting energy into your genius…
The Marmite Effect
Despite this astounding success if you look at the thousands of reviews on Amazon this trilogy has divided it’s audience – the ratings are either one star or 5 stars – with little in-between and some of the reviews are very damning for this writing.
This reminds me that even the most successful artists and creators have critics and detractors – it is just part of the game.
You can’t play the game and be 100% popular with everyone. And you need to be okay with not everyone loving you (and some folks positively hating you and maybe even thinking you are the Devil!)
In the words of Bob Marley…
“You can please some people sometimes, but you can’t please all the people all the time”
Do your best work and do it for yourself, for your joy, not for acceptance from some perceived authority figure, from your folks, friends or the imaginary peanut gallery in your head. 😉
Fifty Shades of Green – The Sex/Money Link
What is it with sex and money?
Studies show that entrepreneurs/artists tend to be more highly sexed and have a stronger libido….
Is it that creativity puts us more in touch with desire, or that desire puts us more in touch with our creativity?
Is it just that great sex gives us a feeling of “all is right with the World” which is probably the best feeling place to manifest from and attract what we want?
Napoleon Hill stated that the men of greatest achievement had highly developed sex natures, and dedicated an entire chapter of his seminal business work ‘Think And Grow Rich’ to the power of creative sex energy and its power to transmute mediocrity to genius for the accumulation of wealth, claiming that :
“The emotion of sex contains the secret of creative ability”
Lesson: Create Sexy, Magnetic Goals That You Have ‘Chemistry’ With
Are your goals sexy enough? Do you feel pulled to them, drawn, attracted, turned on by the outcome?
If it doesn’t feel like a magnificent obsession and if your goals just aren’t doing it for you then maybe you have been creating them from your head what you ‘think’ you ‘should’ want on an intellectual level, but not connected to your real passion.
Give yourself permission to get honest about what you truly want this year, you can NOT do business from your head- it needs to come from your body, heart and soul.
Take a moment to write down 3 irresistibly sexy goals that truly feel good to you right now. And just let it be that effortless and enjoyable- no matter how much your head thinks they are silly/inappropriate/impossible…
I don’t think it is a coincidence that the huge success of this erotic novel occurred at the time during the Venus transit (Planet of Love and Money) At a time when women are feeling more safe to explore their femininity, power and sexuality… It is just a theory but I have also heard of a sexual awakening/base chakra opening occurring on the planet right now.
In any case it is a powerful time of opportunity to heal our root chakra, our connection with the rich, fertile Earth and our attitude towards sexuality, fertility/creativity and abundance.
Notice how you feel about this and allow yourself to gently explore and release any sense of guilt or shame that you have towards receiving pleasure, joy or all kinds of abundance.
Take some time to walk barefoot on the Earth and bring your energy down to your hips, belly, root, feet and legs- and take a vacation from your head 😉
Begin to trust there is enough for all. No one has to suffer for you to receive – not even you.
I would love to hear your thoughts on any or all of this and if you have been bitten by the 50 shades bug or not- Leave your comments below I read every one!