Hi I’m Indigo Ocean Dutton, Conscious Business Strategy specialist at Awaken Business Consulting and host of Conscious Business Leaders TV.
I know what it can be like to endeavor to make it in the world in a way that is both fulfilling and financially sound. We want to have material abundance, and we also want to have the freedom to maintain deep emotional bonds and contribute toward our vision of a better world. Yet we often are made to feel as if we have to choose one or the other.
I experienced those tradeoffs myself for many, many years. I either did corporate work that was lucrative, but spiritually and emotionally stifling, or bounced between low-paying non-profit jobs that had meaningful goals, but uninspiring daily life experience.
I received my BA degree in International Commerce from Brown University, but to my surprise, that didn’t exactly set me up for career success. I was accepted to Hastings Law School and nearly went… 3 years in a row. (When I got my MA my mother said, “Well now you have your Masters degree AND a law degree.” I was like, “Mom, what are you talking about? I never went to law school. I just ALMOST went, 3 years in a row.”)
Building upon my MA in Integral Counseling Psychology did, however, translate into foundations that I still draw upon in my work today. Work experience I gained after the degree also continues to be a part of my work, from art therapy, to play therapy with children, to spiritual counseling and channeling.
It was when I was recruited by a business consulting firm and trained in the craft of business consulting that things really took off for me. I went through 3 firms in 3 years, each time learning more about the work and having access to a wider array of client industries. This on-the-job education allowed me to start my own firm with client companies large and small (some among the Fortune 500).
Within my first 2 months in business I closed my first $20,000 deal, and within my first 3 years I closed my first $375,000 deal. Suddenly, my financial picture had transformed dramatically. But I was still on just one side of the success equation. The work was challenging, and financial achievement was affirming, but something was still missing.