7 Signs You’re a Spiritual Entrepreneur

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I’ve been a spiritual entrepreneur for nearly two decades. One of my greatest passions is helping other people step into their callings — to do work that is purposeful, meaningful and fun!

Over the years it’s become clear to me that there are many people who are spiritual entrepreneurs but may not even realize it yet. Or they may be unsure if they can claim that title. So in this post I want to demystify what it means to be a spiritual entrepreneur and help you confidently claim your desire!

There are many kinds of spiritual entrepreneurs

Gabby Bernstein working outdoorsWe often think of entrepreneurs in one of two ways… either as people who own physical businesses or as startup CEOs. But there are so many other ways to be an entrepreneur!

If you’re in business for yourself in any way, or if you want to be, then you’re an entrepreneur. It might be your full-time job, or it might be a side gig. Maybe you’re an independent contractor who works as a writer, artist, web designer or in any number of other fields.

Maybe you’re a life coach, yoga teacher, therapist or healer. This is often what people think of when they hear the term “spiritual entrepreneur,” but you don’t have to do traditionally spiritual work to be a spiritual entrepreneur!

Finally, it might be the case that right now all you have is a vision and a desire. That’s great, too. Wherever you are right now, let’s honor it.

Tweet: Spiritual entrepreneurs are driven by a desire to serve and uplift others while doing what brings them great joy. @gabbybernstein

If you’ve been shying away from calling yourself an entrepreneur, or if the idea of being an entrepreneur intimidates you, I get it. But in order to manifest the career you dream of, I invite you to become willing to start seeing yourself as a spiritual entrepreneur.

Check out my list of seven signs that you’re a spiritual entrepreneur. Do these resonate with you? How do you feel when reading them? Which ones do you embody, and which ones do you want to embody?

7 signs you’re a spiritual entrepreneur

1. A personal transformation or inspiration is a driving force behind your desire to serve

In my memoir, Spirit Junkie, I write about how hitting bottom with my drug and alcohol addiction in 2005 led to a great spiritual awakening. I got sober and eventually became a sponsor for several young women in my recovery group. Sponsoring other young women, along with studying A Course in Miracles and other spiritual teachers, led me to become a spiritual life coach.

Your personal transformation or inspiration may be a major life change like mine, or it might be something more subtle. Maybe you became a dietitian after changing your diet transformed your health. Or maybe you realized that your jewelry-making hobby was a huge source of joy in your life and now you want to share your art with others.

Free-writing exercise

If you’re not super clear on the transformation or inspiration driving you, then open up your journal and free-write a response to this question. Don’t second-guess or edit yourself. Just let your pen flow.

What have I experienced that inspired me to do this work?

2. Service is the purpose of your work

Do you want to help others through your work? As spiritual entrepreneurs, we are driven by a desire to serve and uplift others. The Universe greatly supports your service energy and is always opening doors to that end.

There are many ways we can be of service. Remember that the first service is the energy you bring. When we make our joy a priority, brilliant ideas will come naturally, support will surround us and movements will form. People who are truly happy are also truly helpful.

There’s one thing I want to make very clear: You can be of high service and run an abundant business. Charging for your great work gives you the freedom to serve in your highest capacity!

Free-writing exercise

This free-writing exercise helps you see all the different ways to be of service.

  1. Open your journal and write down some people, companies and organizations whose products/services have helped you live a better life.
  2. Notice the variety on your list. Did anything surprise you? What does this tell you about what it means to be of service?

3. You would do the work even if you weren’t paid to do it

When I'm connected to my joyful presence, I attract support from the Universe | Gabby Bernstein | The Universe Has Your Back card deckWhen I was sponsoring young women in my recovery group, I wasn’t being paid. And yet it’s some of the most rewarding work I have ever done.

If you love the work so much that you’ll do it no matter what, that’s a clear sign that you are a spiritual entrepreneur! If you haven’t yet started a business but you want to, then start paying attention to what really lights you up and energizes you!

  • What activities bring you joy?
  • What do you like to get nerdy about?
  • When are you really in the zone?

Joy is the ultimate creator, so follow what is fun and fulfilling, and the Universe will support you greatly.

4. You hear an inner call, even if it doesn’t make sense to you logically

You have a sense of knowing that this is what you have to do. I sometimes think of Joan of Arc saying, “I do not fear men-at-arms; my way has been made plain before me.” When we hear a call, we know that no obstacle is insurmountable and we can trust that we are being guided and supported.

Gabby Bernstein writing in her journalThe divine guidance we receive doesn’t always make logical sense. It might be totally different from the career you currently have. It may mean investing in education or training. It might totally surprise you, or tap into a passion you had long ago! It may even freak you out because it seems so big.

If you feel an inner call, listen to the guidance you receive. You may even want to connect with your spirit guide and ask for more guidance around this topic. You can do this by free-writing following a meditation.

One thing I like to do is write in my journal, “Thank you, guides of the highest truth and compassion, for revealing to me what I need to know about __________.” After meditating, while you’re still in that receptive and connected space, free-write for at least 10 minutes, allowing guidance to come through.

5. You choose to trust in the stream of abundance that is always available to you

You may not fully embody this belief in the ever-present stream of abundance yet. But as a spiritual entrepreneur you’re learning to trust in it more and more.

You’re willing to get honest about what blocks your abundance, and you take spiritual steps to strengthen your faith in abundance. You trust that the Universe supports your dream!

A money mantra for abundance

I am open to creative possibilities - Gabby Bernstein mantra for abundanceThere is a simple mantra you can use anytime your thoughts begin detouring into old fear-based stories. It’s very simple: “I am open to creative possibilities.”

When you say this mantra, you’re saying a prayer. You’re turning over your fears and old beliefs to the care of the Universe and asking to see through loving lenses instead. When you make this your mantra, you will begin to notice opportunities for earning that you otherwise might have missed. You’ll attract exactly what you need, even if you couldn’t have imagined or predicted it.

When we begin to open up to the creative capacity we have within us, that’s when we begin to open our consciousness to witness the abundance that is around us at all times. You will start to see abundance everywhere! Cultivate an awareness of the abundance around you and let yourself feel appreciation for it. This will multiply the abundance in your life.

6. The voice of passion drowns out the noise of fear

As a spiritual person and a spiritual entrepreneur it’s not that you don’t experience fear. In fact, there may be times when the voice of fear is very loud, because starting and running a business is a lot of responsibility.

Following your dream is a gutsy move! The fearful voice of the ego does not like gutsy. Your ego wants to “protect” you by convincing you to play small and stay safe at any cost. So you can expect it to pipe up often.

But while fear might always be making noise, you know it’s not real. The passionate, wise and loving voice of your inner guide is what leads you. Yes, fear will knock you out of alignment sometimes. It might happen every day in small ways. But as soon as you notice that you’ve detoured into fear, you take action.

This can be as simple as saying a prayer such as “I witness that I’m out of alignment with my power. I choose to see peace instead of this.”

7. You’re willing to challenge norms and think outside the box

In his 2009 TED Talk, called “The Tribes We Lead,” the marketing guru Seth Godin offers up three important questions to his audience. These are questions to ask yourself when you’re creating change, connecting people and creating a movement.

The first question is, “Who are you upsetting?” Seth asks this question because he says, “If you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo.”

Now, this doesn’t mean that you should go out of your way to be a provocateur. You don’t need to go around saying and doing extreme or controversial things for attention. That’s not aligned and it doesn’t serve anyone except your ego.

Having the courage to be authentic and vulnerable is what creates connections and movements.

What it means is that you need to check in with yourself and ask: Am I being authentic? Am I being bold and standing in my truth? Or am I holding myself back so that I don’t upset anyone or so that I don’t feel judged by others?

As a spiritual entrepreneur it’s vital that you tap into your authentic self. Say what is real and meaningful for you, because your truth is what resonates with others. Having the courage to be authentic and vulnerable is what creates connections and movements. That’s how you attract the people who are looking for what you’re offering!

Inspire others by doing what inspires you!

spirit junkie masterclass digital gabby bernsteinIf you’re ready to go big as a spiritual entrepreneur, then get on the waitlist for the Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital Course! It’s a spiritual and soulful launchpad that helps you get clear about your vision, create a road map for your career and lay a strong foundation for massive abundance.

Instead of trying to “make” things happen, you’ll learn how to take spiritually aligned action. You’ll experience an inner transformation and gain confidence along with practical business-building tools.

Your efforts will pay off big-time. Invisible doors will open for you. You’ll earn the kind of money that provides the freedom you crave. And you’ll make an impact doing what you love.

Enrollment for Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital is currently closed, but you can get on the waitlist and I’ll notify you as soon as it opens up again in 2020!

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  1. Thank you,
    What a great article, all the things I wanted to know and needed to hear. It also gave me confirmation that I am on the right path. I am that I am.

  2. I have never heard of this, spiritual entrepreneur? I have heard of spiritual teachers. What exactly would make someone a spiritual entrepreneur, excuse me if I am overstepping but it feels like spirituality is becoming like big business, it feels kind of strange to me, being a spiritualist. I need to figure this out, would you mind giving me your take, thanks, Cate

    1. Hi Cate, spiritual entrepreneurs are driven by a desire to serve and uplift others while doing what brings them great joy. If you go back through the article Gabby gives some helpful examples. Feel free to reach out to us at support@gabbybernstein.com if you have more questions. <3

  3. Wow! You are so beautiful! Thanks so much for this insightful article. I think I am a spiritual entrepreneur but I feel bad saying that because the thought of making money while serving people spiritually feels wrong. What is your advice regarding that?

  4. Gabby!!!

    I would love to start off by saying thank you for inspiring, speaking your Truth and rising into the pure essence that you are from the hardships you face(d).
    You are appreciated and truly are an inspiration to those to find their own strength.

    I was watching the video on your website on how you went from PR party girl to a self-help author and I felt called to reach out. I just left my 3.5 year relationship that was psychologically abusive – he was gaslighting me and I didn’t realize it for so long. I found the courage to walk away and practically lived out of my car during these weird, unpredictable times (I just moved into a new housing situation, woo-hoo!!!). Now, more than ever, I am motivated to rise into my power, speak my truth, help others and put myself out there. I am currently a Behavior Analyst with special needs kids as well as a Mentor for traumatized and depressed adults. I crave to write books based off of spirituality/self-help, do podcasts, create workshops for others to heal and go within but I don’t know what steps to take to steer me to do what I love as apart of just Being. I practice giving therapy for free but most of the time, get asked what “certifications” or “degrees” I have that give me credibility to speak my truth at all. I feel like traditional college won’t give me what I need to truly spread the wisdom that lies within all of us. I have been asked by others to help them but I don’t even know how I would – I mean, I’m a 22-year-old with no degree or education that could help them effectively. Sure, I can spread the light, love and inner truth we all share but getting through to people to truly apply it has been a challenge.

    Do you have any recommendations on stepping into this special light/calling I feel inside of me when society is trying to shape you? I don’t want to believe that schooling is the only way to put myself out there. Sure, I could educate myself further on spiritual psychology at a non-traditional school but I feel called to share and help others now, without putting my life on hold to do so.

    Thank you again for being who you are. I read that you’re a Scorpio (November 1), I was born a day before (October 31)! I’m not sure if you’re into astrology at all but I definitely feel your power and resonate with your energy. Scorpio power! Lol.

    You are wonderful, Gabby. I admire your courage and willingness to be bold!!! In your video mentioned earlier, you said you spoke for free to spread your story – I reached out to a domestic violence center near me and told them I would love to share my story when they reopen groups. We’ll see what happens.

    So much love for you & your work,
    Claudia Auger

  5. I believe that I’m a spiritual entrepreneur because I got knockdown so hard in my life. I became a single parent father in one of the busiest places city New York City. The smallest baby was 18 months, 5-year-old boy and 3 years old girl. I lost my college and my business and even loss my savings.
    I eventually work so hard here and there and trying to support my 3 kids with food , schooling, and love. along all of that deal with the ACS, Court appearance, and doctors. There is so much more but it was only one thing that kept me going and that was prayers and faith.
    Today I still raise my kids 10, 12, and 14 years old. I am tired but it still didn’t stop me I went ahead and worked at the United States Postal Services and Access A Ride. previously Uber . Today I am an NYS Licensed Real Estate Agent at the #1 Realty Keller Williams.

  6. I am absolutely a spiritual entrepreneur! This spoke volumes. I found life through my death (yes, I actually died and was brought back) and since that day, it’s as if a lens has been cleared of the fog. I’ve learned what matters and have always wanted to share the journey to finding it with others. You have inspired me so much through this. Thank you!

  7. Thank you for your powerful clarity. I AM a spiritual Entrepreneur. Reading this blog; I quickly and deeply felt the passion and confirmation of what brings me a passionate joy. Thank you for this reaction and clarity. Im doing your 21 day challenge.

  8. I love this post! Too bad I can’t put “spiritual entrepreneur” in my IG bio. Calling myself a spiritual entrepreneur feels well… my heart chakra is pulsing and I feel connected. The first 5 really resonated with me, although I’m not sure which one of my stories is the one that drives my desire to serve. I’m still trying to fully embody #5, trusting in the abundance that is available to me. I sort of stopped challenging the norms several years ago and I’m awakening to that aspect of myself again. Thank you so much for this article. I can’t wait to try some of the writing exercises.

      1. Although three and seven were resonating with me last night, at this very moment, Gabby, number five is resonating with me. I don’t know if I’m feeling aligned with it though. I suppose I am willing to receive.

  9. Folks do not hesitate to enroll. I enrolled in B-school and did NOT enroll in time for Gabby’s offer. I so regretted it, I spent so much time deliberating internally (you know the internal dialogue) whether to enroll, that I missed the opportunity . Akk! lesson learned. So I am here to
    support your guidance in this endeavor. This offer is GOLDEN and please learn from me, ENROLL NOW before the offer ends. You will not be disappointed.

  10. Thank you for the wonderful article Gabby. Very inspiring, leads me to doubt myself less. I looking forward to the webinar!

  11. Great article Gabby….such synchronicities….My vision is to build a Spiritual Retreat Centre for kids, just not sure whether I should start with offering babysitting for now….I know for sure that I am a Spiritual Entrepreneur.

    1. This sounds awesome! Know that starting right where you are is perfect, as there will be exciting stepping stones along the way. I hope you can join Marie and me for the webinar, as I think it will offer you lots of inspiration!

  12. Hi Gabby. All of your 7 signs were there when I left my corporate job in 1994 and moved to CO to help the planet. Every single one. The following 8 years were full of opportunities that were dropped in my lap. I did lots of cool stuff all with the desire to be in service and empower. But that was a long, long time ago. I left that life willingly, feeling like it was simply, “done”. Today I don’t feel called to anything in particular. I have my drawings which popped out of me last year and I do free art as I am asked…that is what feeds me right now. But what do you do when there is nothing calling to you? Could it be I was a spiritual entrepreneur..did it and done? I have to believe God has another purpose for me but it’s been 5 years now with nothing coming forward. Your thoughts?

      1. Thank you Gabby. I checked out your blog post. I feel it’s time to heal some old and new wounds that have been hanging around ready for me to dive in. That’s my purpose now.

  13. Hi Gabby, I’m 18 and know this is what I’m meant to do, and I feel guided but when it comes to schooling and getting my message out there on a broader scale I feel kind of stuck. I’ll keep praying on it but I’m wondering if you have any advice?
    PS your talk in Toronto last year was life

  14. Oh wow, I am loving these beautiful signs from the Universe. I have been asking for signs for the right direction for my health coaching business. I have had so much change in my life when I decided to let love in. I meditate and write in my journal daily. I love your work so much and it has truly inspired me make this a core part of my business. I surrendered to the universe and this popped up in my email and last night I started reading your e- book 10 way to succeed as a spiritual entrepreneur.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you xxx

  15. Thank you for a fantastic article. You are very inspiring! I am a Spiritual Entrepreneur! I will use your journal prompts to help move me forward! Keep shining!

  16. I have written in response to each of these areas above in my daily writing space. I updated my affirmation to include “creative possibilities” and I see value in keeping “I am open to creative possibilities” in my ready queue during my work day presently as a Training Developer and yet to be as he wills my life to become. Thanks Gabby, been tracking with you on and off since I saw Awaken your Authentic Power through YouTube from Awesomeness Fest.

  17. Yes to ALL! I have so been led to you AND Marie and I am trying not to let the brink and mortar business I have keep me from exploring how else I can expand my business! I own a fitness studio and I am called to people’s spirit because I know that is where the change has to happen to see outside results. It’s an inside job and I so crave how to tap into this more….I’ll be on the webinar and I am excited to keep seeking! Thank you! Reading Spirit Junkie now! ( sober myself 9 years 😉

  18. Dear dear

    thank you soo much for the info

    and the photographs are beautifull really sooonice

    now i go back and read more

    till later



    Sabine Francet

  19. I think where fear creeps in when I consider chasing my dream is my age. I’m 61 and society tells those at that age that you “put in your time “ & it’s time to kick back & plan for retirement. Older people in our western culture are throw-aways unlike eastern culture where they are honored for their wisdom. I have to overcome that fear & move beyond it. It’s a struggle.

  20. Thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring post. I think I may be a spiritual entrepreneur, but have been hesitant to call myself one! I quit drinking myself about 11 months ago and am using my experiences and my story to help Mums just like me to find freedom and release themselves from their inner struggles around alcohol. It is so rewarding and it also helps keep me grounded.

  21. Thank you for a great article. I particularly liked the mantra “I am open to creative possibilities.” I’m going to use that from now on!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this…it couldn’t have come at a better time! I recently made the decision to leave my well paying job in NYC to move 2,000 miles away to Santa Fe in order to start an internet based business related to the esoteric.
    Yes, fear and anxiety are somewhat prevalent themes, but the exhilaration and hope of inspiring others to be proactive in their lives is unparalleled to that fear.
    What you wrote resonated more than you can possibly imagine.

    Thank you!


  23. Hi Gabby, you’re right – calling yourself a spiritual entrepreneur is scarey and I wouldn’t like to call myself one (even though I feel I am one!). It feels like too much responsibility and also I feel so all-over-the-place at the moment that I need a spiritual entrepreneur myself – and you are that! I do pass a lot of guidance onto other people if I can, but unfortunately I live in an area at the moment where the people are not very open and I spend most of my day being silent at work because they don’t take to anyone ‘who is different or not from these parts’. I am in the process of reading your book ‘The Universe has your back’ and I am trying to follow what you are saying – it does make sense but it is very hard to surrender. At the moment I am having to sell my home because of debts but after many months I cannot seem to find a buyer (I don’t think I was ready before emotionally though), so I just changed agent and was off to a flying start with three viewings but all of them thought that my extremely beautiful house wasn’t for them. I have started to get depressed but (following your guidance) I have realised that because of the rejection of myself that I experienced when I was growing up (serious abuse from under the age of 2 – that doesn’t respond to ANYTHING – only god given intervention with help with that – hence I am writing and making perfect sense after 60 years of trying and waiting) – anyway I am taking it personally that no one likes my beautiful house as a rejection once again of me. To be honest because of my severe earlier problems, I was hardly able to communicate for many decades and so suffered extreme rejection in the workplace, and in relationships (even though mechanically I excelled in keyboard skills). However, I used all this awfulness to practically turn around how mental health was dealt with in my country and now it is on a par with physical health – so job done – now I can move forward with my life with your help. So what I am trying to do now is to ‘surrender’ these feelings of rejection to the universe and trust that it has got my back in the sense of providing enough money for me from the eventual sale of my house which will enable me to buy another one – I hope. I have to believe in this – it’s the only thing I’ve got but I am determined to turn my life around and get the rewards I deserve. Thank you for directing me at this crucial time. I will remain ‘turned into you’.

    1. Thank you for this brave and beautiful share, Ann. Showing up here is a sign that you are open to some big shifts. Have you read my book “Judgement Detox”? I think the tools in the book will help inspire and support you in starting to bring in lots of self love and self forgiveness. <3

      1. Thank you for your response Gabby, I appreciate it. I know you don’t have a crystal ball, but because I am so worried about my house-selling situation I hope you don’t mind me asking you a further question – if I truly trust the universe to have my back, will the right buyer come along who will give me a good price for my house, and then will I be guided me to find a new suitable house? I’m not sure how much I am supposed to trust the universe in this. Thank you.

        1. Creating a daily meditation and journaling practice can be extremely supportive for you. By sitting in meditation, you’ll tap into your inner guidance, feel grounded, and get clarity. Putting pen to paper (or typing) after meditating helps create a safe space for those fearful thoughts, but also allows you to get excited and think big, such as writing about your ideal buyer and your next dream home. Try this for a month and see what shifts take place.

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