Hi, I'm Sensei Victoria Whitfield, creator of naturalintuition.com and I help entrepreneurs heal.
I sincerely believe that Entrepreneurs are the future. And I believe that Entrepreneurs need help getting and staying grounded, so they can serve more people and essentially, yes, save the freakin world.
I also believe that Entrepreneurs are naturally sensitized to what they're here to help others with. And that this natural sensitivity is popularly misunderstood as being "weak" or "weird" or "quirky" or "obsessive" or "pie-in-the-sky." And when Entrepreneurs internalize this dysfunctional mindset, their sensitivities become their kryptonite: crippling stressors that overwhelm them, their teams, their communities, their families, and even their bank accounts.
I know this because I've lived this myself and observed it happen firsthand.
Howso? Well, you could say I was built to do this.
All of my immediate family are entrepreneurs, and I myself have been one since the age of 12. I grew up mixed-race (a taboo in my time) in a household where both my parents had full time jobs, side-jobs AND passion-driven entrepreneurial ventures.
I know what it's like for entrepreneurs behind closed-doors. I have witnessed how entrepreneurialism affect their health, and their relationships. The profound passion, and the profound pain. The isolation in crowds. The hunger, the drive, the stress.
My African American father has had at least 7 different entrepreneurial ventures (only one of which actually made money) and travelled the world as an acclaimed jazz musician. My Caucasian American mom has had two entrepreneurial ventures that paid the bills that dad's didn't during and after their marriage. My two older brothers each have had 3 businesses following and sharing heir passions, and I am myself now on my 3rd.
I've grown up watching my family experience the creative excitement *and* the soul-crushing depression it takes to be in business as an entrepreneur.
The fights about money. The prayers to God about purpose and vision. The fake smiles and performances to always look "okay" to everybody, while it's a mess at home. The looks from people who think you're nuts or eccentric and don't take you seriously for having an innovative idea, or worse yet for being a black man, a divorced white woman, or a mixed race musician. The emotional landmines loved ones step on and blow up the family with, because "I just gotta be me" or "I got my own money; I can do better by myself." The divorce and disenfranchisement. And the remarriages. And the complicated blended families - and yes they also have businesses too: MLMs, sales, retail, real estate and restaurants. (I have 3 stepmothers, 6 stepsisters, 2 stepbrothers, and 1 fairy godfather... yup).
I also grew up with family stories and values about "being yourself" and "never giving up" and "helping people" and "don't let anybody hold you down."
My father's grandfather founded the first gradeschool for African American children in the state of Virginia, while his wife made money playing the organ for the church and for the motion picture shows.
A positive story of overcoming obstacles.
My maternal grandfather was a talented, highly competitive and successful salesman. Dropped dead at work at 55 of a massive heart attack from the stress, leaving 3 girls orphaned.
A cautionary tale of working yourself to death.
I could go on. I will some day in a book I guess, but let's get back to why do I care about helping entrepreneurs heal?
Because I KNOW we are born different.
Highly sensitive. Empathic. Intuitive. Creative...
But, somewhere along the line we didn't get an education on how to
manage that high energy in a healthy way. So we just scramble to "figure it out" as we go. Finding ourselves on a burnout hamsterwheel:
Put it out,
Put it out,
Again, Find fire...
And so society politely tells entrepreneurs in this situation you should stop putting out fires and get yourself together. Settle down. Stuff it down. Get a real job.
But I believe that what was deemed polite advice there is actually quite insensitive. Because they neglected to see that that Entrepreneur is looking for fires not because she's "too much" or "weird" or "too sensitive."
It's actually because she's a Firefighter, by nature. She can see the fires that most people can't. In fact, I believe...
Her sensitivity is her strength.
It gives her uniquely designed insight, discernment, vision... it fuels her Intuition.
Our world needs Vision like that, in order for us to all move forward and heal.
So I sincerely believe we need to help our entrepreneurs learn to harness the hidden power of these sensitivities by harnessing he power of their Natural Intuition.
Intuition it's not just some positive thinking or mindful mindset or new age spiritual stuff - I believe it's a science. Why? Because I've codified it.
I've developed - and am continually innovating - an effective system that consistently transforms your natural sensitivity from being your greatest weakness into your greatest strength. It's called "The Natural Intuition System" and I already wrote the book on it (Amazon: Natural Intuition Now: Book One - Uplevel Your Life by Awakening Your Innate Spiritual Senses.)
I researched and codified this out of necessity. To survive in my own life - to escape and overcome abuse, betrayals, depression and victimization. At one point I thought I'd lost myself because of what my attacker did to me. But I decided that was not how I wanted my story to end. So I changed. I originally just did all this healing and research for Me. To heal myself.
And then I realized... it's not about me. It's actually about who I'm here to serve:
Purpose-driven, empathic, heart-centered entrepreneurs.
That's who it's about.
I believe entrepreneurs need this more than most people because they're especially motivated (by passion, and yes, by money and commerce) to help and to serve as many people as possible, and to make the world a better place.
And I desire to leave this world better than I found it.
I want to stop them from dropping dead at work like my grandfather did.
I want to help them stop stressing over money and making misaligned decisions.
I want to keep them from faking smiles and imploding their marriages.
I want to stop them from stressing themselves and their teams and families so that they can create authentic abundance financially AND personally.
I feel purpose-driven entrepreneurs are who I am called to serve. When I help them heal, they have greater impact. Here's a video of me spreading that message of healing and positivity to a crowd of 100's entrepreneurs from around the world, as their equal, for a success panel for my business mentor:
Where do we start?
But I believe that this mass miseducation of Entrepreneurs has got to stop. I'd say it's a conspiracy, but I'm not in to playing the victim. My name is Victoria.
Your sensitivity is your strength.
Im done hiding it: I'm hell bent on supporting entrepreneurs in standing strong in that strength. It is the light you shine in a dark world.
Stop hiding your precious light; we need it. Yesterday, we needed it.
Too many of us waste time thinking "what will they say" "what's wrong with me" "what will happen if I really do it" - but the more we hide our gifts the more the world starves. And oddly enough we starve when we hide ourselves, too.
:: hugs ::
If you read this far,
Thank you for your love and presence.
It means the world to me to be able to open up and share my story...
Sensei Victoria Whitfield
P.S. - Do you have a story to share? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me yours...