As a Generation X thirty-something, I have done a number of jobs in my life. I have worked as a retail store clerk, a general laborer building shelves, an elementary teacher, an ESL teacher, a minister, a rare coin dealer, and a freelance writer. For me, morale in the workplace is a fairly important ideal, even when my “workplace” has only been myself. Can you imagine how important it must be then when a dozen or more people are working together and trying to share the same space? Yes, very important indeed. As a freelancer, I am always looking for new approaches to things. I stumbled across an interesting article about an individual named Joseph Bismark on a blog called Just Judy and her Dog.
Joseph Bismark is an interesting individual indeed. Growing up in the Philippines, you could definitely say that Joseph did not have a typical upbringing. At the ripe old age of nine, Joseph decided to become a monk in the Philippine countryside, living in an ashram until he was seventeen years of age. When he returned to his family, he announced that he wanted to enter the business world. As an entrepreneur, Bismark’s life work has been to join the world of spirituality together with the business world. I found it refreshing that in the normal cutthroat world of business Mr. Bismark held the belief that “everyone has the potential to do extraordinary things.”
Mr. Bismark became the managing director of the QI Group of Companies and also founded a company he called QNET. Bismark has been very successful, but at the same time his unique approach to business has endeared him to many of his employees because of the fact that he teaches that although material success is a blessing, it is only a temporary thing.
I found Mr. Bismark’s unique method of blending business and spirituality a refreshing respite from the normal method of society where it is dog-eat-dog and every man for himself. His books, seminars, and speaking engagements attempt to promote his methodology to other people, and it is my hope and prayer that he is successful in his endeavors.