We (Ije and Samia) are both Radical Entrepreneurs so we understand the gifts and challenges of this journey, personally and through the lens of hundreds of our members (our Turtles), partners and clients.
For years now, we’ve been developing a radical strategic framework that we call Strategic Being (rooted in the natural art/science of creation) to support Radical Entrepreneurs like ourselves.
Why? Because when we first started doing this work, there was really nothing out there that supported how we are each uniquely designed to work and what we are each uniquely here to do.
We thought that being Radical Entrepreneurs meant that we were free. We were our own bosses, that we could run our own lives, our schedules, our lifestyles. Have real widespread impact without compromising our values. Create radical jobs and innovative offerings that addressed systemic issues. Redesign an unjust economic system! We were on it!
Not. Here’s what really happened.
We drove ourselves into the ground. We were depleted, stressed, overworked. Our bodies were in constant chronic flares and our mental health, well, was unfortunately getting worse than before we started. And all that for very little return or impact. It was painful -- to say the least.
So here we are going “wait. Is this why we wanted to work for ourselves? What were we thinking?”
We’ve both been through the devastating truth of what it means to be a queer, person of color trying to be a Radical Entrepreneur in a world that is designed for us to fail. A world that wants to drive us to our end, especially if we’re not willing to participate in our own oppression and be “well-behaved” workers.
So after getting on and off the Radical Entrepreneurship trail a number of times, we realized a big truth.
The reason we weren’t successful is because we were re-creating the work style of a system that is designed to oppress us.
We overextended ourselves to prove our value -- a common means of survival
We saw our failures as character flaws -- in a world that values production over life-giving work
We dealt with our emotional responses as nuisances and distractions -- there was no time or space to feel
We set our deepest desires aside -- we thought we had to make ends meet before we could indulge
Of course, things got worse for us, not better.
So we started to think about how we could design a way of working that uplifted our whole selves. A way rooted in Radical Love and Freedom, in practice. We wanted to work FROM love and freedom, not simply FOR love and freedom.
We designed a strategic framework rooted in nature, in our body’s wisdom, in the wisdom of afro-indigenous approaches and queer, people of color strategies for thriving. We did it for us first and then started to share it with our communities.
The first thing we teach in our strategic framework is (you guessed it): The Radical Purpose Framework, Tool AND PRACTICE!