“I always wanted to be part of a small revolution.”—Quote from The Post
A Course in Miracles is like anything. You make it into whatever you want it to be. My guiding philosophy is that unless something is fun, it’s not sustainable.
So you can be bothered by the language. In lesson 14, for example, (God did not create a meaningless world), we delve into that controversial G-word.
Or you can make it fun. You can appreciate it for the rebellious and revolutionary program that it is. You can notice the part about ditching your own personal house of horrors, the line about moving towards perfect peace.
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappo’s, is the poster boy for making perceived un-fun things fun. In fact, he walked away from the first company he built (he was 27 and it was worth $265 million) because it just wasn’t making him happy.
Zappo’s (which does make him happy) is built on weirdness, creativity, being adventurous and doing whatever it takes to give love. In corporate speak, love=customer service, but, take it from me, it’s love, pure and simple.
Like the Course, Tony eschews perfection (“jump in fast, make mistakes, it’s all okay”) and old paradigms. On a dare, he named his venture capital firm Venture Frogs (who does that?) and every day, he does something outside the business norm–like dye his hair red or wear a mohawk.
He lives in an Airstream, spends most of his non-working time outdoors (says he has the world’s largest front porch) and knows without a doubt, that if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.
So if a guy who doesn’t even like shoes (he says he owns three pairs) can turn a billion dollars online shoe company into a rockin’ good time (a tour of their Las Vegas headquarters is better than a self-help seminar), I’m thinking we can transform this wordy blue book into weird, boisterous, meaningful fun.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.