One of the first things a traditional business coach will tell you is to look at your competition. I have never really done that, I was always more interested in how I could be a contribution to creating something greater than any of us had. Here’s a really fun example of how to be the energy of contribution; from when I used to import semi-precious stones and jewellery into Australia… “I began to sell the stones and jewellery wholesale and at the markets in Australia. Then I’d go back to Jaipur and buy some more. I also bought jewellery in Thailand. There’s a street in Bangkok called Khao San Road, which is a huge market similar to Paharganj. I met a lot of Westerners there who were doing the same thing I was. We’d meet and swap information and contacts so we could all contribute to each other and to our own personal success. My point of view was that if my fellow vendors were successful at getting more designs, I’d have them too. It was easy to do that. I was always willing to contribute to other people so they could make money. Doing this was, and still is, joyful for me. I enjoyed working with people around the world and the way we contributed to each other. There is a great potency in functioning from contribution. If we had functioned from competition, we would have contracted or destroyed our businesses and probably not been as successful as we were—and probably not as joyful, either.” ~Simone Milasas, Joy of Business book. If you’d like to have more awareness of what this could be like for you, ask the question: ‘What contribution could I be and receive today that could make me and my business money right away?’ That’s a great question you could play with if you’d like to expand your business!