Yeah, yeah. I know. It’s “collaboration.” But it makes for a cuter title, so just hear me out. Thinking back over the past 7 years – from working alone from home, to subleasing an office/closet with no windows, meeting interns at coffee shops, to jamming 5 employees in 350 square feet, to changing names, and so on – Ninety-Two West has slowly, but successfully and securely, grown. I’ve learned a lot as an owner and will continue to learn more in the future, but as business has been picking up, I’ve been thinking more and more about Karma.
Now, I’m not a Buddhist or well-versed in the practice of Buddhism, but I’ve always had strong feelings about Karma. And it’s not in a superstitious way. I don’t believe in past lives or wagering good actions to undo wrong and all that jazz, but I do “get” the moral of the message. Don’t be a jerk! In any life! Treat people kindly, do unto others as you would have them do unto you — you know the deal.
This has proven, for 92W, to be true in business as well, especially in a field where team work is so powerful. I created relationships 5 years ago that have come back to us in a positive way this past month – a new employee, 2 new clients. We’ve served past clients with honest and dutiful work (even if it wasn’t as successful as we could have portrayed), and new business has been referred.
There’s some pretty deep laws out there, including Michael Roach’s 7 laws of Karma that I love. Have I read his book? No. It’s a bit much. But did I copy my favorites and make them less fluffy and zen? Yes.