The words benevolent capitalism are two words you don’t typically find together. Capitalism has become something that is viewed as negative. It’s the idea of, “I am here to get my share and in order for that to happen, everyone else has to lose.”
When capitalism started out, this was not what it was about. Capitalism came from a word meaning “to grow organically” and not in the sense of growing vegetables but actually growing herds of cattle. Then there is the word benevolent. Benevolent comes from two words. Bene which means to wish well and vole which means for everyone (which is where the word volunteer comes from). Benevolent Capitalism, in essence, is the organic growth of all for the benefit of all. When businesses start to function from the perspective of benevolent capitalism, greater possibilities become available and a sustainable future is created.
Even if you are currently functioning from the capitalistic point of view of big business, getting your share at the expense of everyone else and profit as the primary focus, you can choose benevolent capitalism and here are 3 tips on where to begin.
1. Be Willing to Change Your Point of View
There are plenty of business people and publications that will tell you that if you wish to succeed in business you have to look out for number one, you have to downsize, get rid of people, cut down expenses and save money. The problem with this point of view is that it is all based on conclusions. It’s based on a set point of view of what business requires. It doesn’t ask questions. It doesn’t look for greater possibilities.
Benevolent capitalists do not create their businesses based on the conclusions of others. They are willing to have their own point of view. They are willing to look at everything that comes their way and ask questions. Benevolent capitalists are the leaders in the business world because they are always willing to have their own perspective and their own point of view, even when no one else around them agrees.
2. Be Willing to See the Possibilities That Others Are Not
The question “What else is possible” is a benevolent capitalist’s primary mode of operation. They never look from a 'what can’t be done' point of view. They never limit themselves by what others have done or are doing. They are always looking for greater possibilities. They ask for those possibilities to show and when they do, they take action.
3. Be Willing to Change
Businesses fail when people take a fixed point of view and are unwilling to change. Change is the only source of sustainability. You have got to look at what needs to be changed every day. The only way you can fail is if you’re unwilling to change. The change you’re willing to create is the thing that will expand your business and grow things for you quicker, easier, and greater than anything else you can do. Start to ask, “What can I change today? What can I be or do differently?” Change is the primary source for everything that will create everything you desire in life.
Take nature, for example. It will flood an area because that is the way to sustain the growth of everything in the area. Mankind will try to avoid the flood because it changes too much. Nature doesn’t have the point of view it can’t change everything. It has the point of view sometimes you need to burn the forest to find what is actually available to create from.
A leader is someone who knows where they are going and goes there whether anyone else agrees, likes it, follows… or not. Would you be willing to lead the way by choosing benevolent capitalism? What is the future you desire to create? What could you choose today that would contribute to a greater possibility and a sustainable future that would benefit us all?
Benevolent Capitalism 4 Day Class
Gary will be co-hosting a 4-day class to help empower business leaders and entrepreneurs to shift their mindset and incorporate Benevolent Capitalism ideas into their businesses.
Hosted by Gary Douglas, Steven and Chutisa Bowman, and Dr. Dain Heer
When: June 30 – July 3, 2017
Where: The Hotel Ca’ Sagredo in Venice, Italy or via global live stream
For more information please visit Benevolent Capitalism.
Business innovator, investor, author, antique store owner and breeder of Costa Rican horses, Gary Douglas is a best-selling author and a sought-after international speaker who inspires people to see different possibilities. He founded the transformational life changing tools and processes known as Access Consciousness® 25 years ago. Simple but effective, this personal development modality has helped thousands worldwide by giving them tools to create change and remove limitations in all aspects of life. Douglas has written 17 books so far. In 2010 his book “The Place” became a Barnes and Nobles #1 Bestseller.