On Meditation & Business…

Early in my career, I believed that the stress I was feeling— and the worrying and the insomnia–was part of being successful. Yet, the minute I started making a conscious effort to let go of those things, I became more productive. Relieving the anxiety in your life is essential to being a good businessperson. If that’s gone, the mind is calm, and from a calm mind comes creativity.

Every morning when I wake up and every evening before I go to bed, I sit still for 20 minutes and let my thoughts settle. Those moments of stillness are where my greatest ideas come from––every creative thought, every innovative business plan. If you can eliminate the outside noise, you’ll find the answers are inside you.

This quote comes from Russell Simmons, master entrepreneur, visionary and author. In his most recent book release, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple he illustrates the connection between inner peace and outward success and how meditation has contributed to the success of leaders in business, art, entertainment, etc. The book discusses research that explores the benefits of meditation on the mind and body. It also includes lots of wisdom and advice for living up to your potential. Finally, it offers a short, simple, practical guide on how to meditate for beginners. I picked up a copy of the book at the airport last week when I was traveling and, so far, I’m loving it!

Have you read the book? (If not, you can get it now from our Book-tique.) If so, please share your thoughts in the comments below. I’d also love to hear about any other books on meditation that you’ve found helpful.

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