Healing doesn’t have to happen in the spiritual sense. There are so many ways to be a healer, in both your personal and professional life. Sometimes the only thing we need to do to start or facilitate the healing process is to listen.
On a recent volume of Psychology of Entrepreneurship, I had the opportunity to speak with Simon Cheng, founder and CEO of Pique Tea. Simon didn’t just stumble upon tea accidentally. After struggling with health issues for almost a decade, he decided to take his healing into his own hands. He spent three years travelling the world with masters of medicinal plants and breathwork and came back with a completely different outlook.
The creation of Pique Tea was a culmination of the empowerment Simon discovered through his journey. It wasn’t the healers that healed him. It was the knowledge he learned along the way that facilitated his own healing. As CEO, Simon takes the responsibility of empowerment extremely seriously. So he makes it a priority to make sure every team member is seen and heard. “We really like to see everyone realise their true potential,” he said. “This is something that evolves and changes.”
Leading Through Listening
When Simon created Pique Tea, he just didn’t want to sell a healing product. He wanted to create an environment where every individual felt valued. The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to accentuate the power of listening across all aspects of your business. Listening, especially in the business that I’m in personally, has proven again and again to be the main source of empowerment.
To put his money where his mouth is, so to speak, Simon has to follow through on the promises he makes to his team. He does this by making their thoughts and concerns a priority. “I have one-on-ones with every single person at the company,” he explained. “I mean, we’re obviously not a huge company so it’s possible to do that. But I take tremendous pride and derive a lot of joy from doing that because we have young people. And it just makes me so proud that we have this kind of company.”
A Healthy Mindset Leads to Healing
So what does all this communication and love have to do with healing? Well, everything actually. When someone, whether it’s a friend, family member or employee, feels heard and protected, they can begin to be vulnerable. It’s only when we’re vulnerable that we begin to tell the truth about what’s going on inside our heads.
Have you ever revealed a thought or emotion to a trusted person in your life and just felt an overwhelming sense of relief? That’s the payoff that comes from being honest and vulnerable. And when you’re giving the people in your life the freedom and safety to be vulnerable, you’re empowering their own healing.
It’s a scary thing to seek help, whether it’s through therapy or even just talking through your thoughts with a trusted friend. But we all know that getting those scary thoughts out is the first step to healing.
For Simon, he wanted to heal physically. But as it often happens, the process was much deeper than just fixing physical woes. Through his journey of learning and meditating, he came to the realisation that he was a healer. “Meditation it’s like going to the gym,” Simon explained.
“There’s a technique, there’s a methodology, you focus and you feel the benefits. So, it’s not like spiritual meditation where you’re trying to reach enlightenment. It’s very tangible, right? You feel it. And I remember the first time, and this was right when I was about to start Pique, I got this voice that was like, ‘Do you want to be a healer, or do you want to make money?’”
Of course, Simon wanted to make money, but that was never his true focus with Pique Tea. And throughout the course of starting the company, he realised he had to draw that line. “The money has to be serving something else in order for it to be meaningful,” he explained. So he keeps the company small, his employees valued and heard, and makes sure he’s only selling a quality, healing product.
To hear more of my conversation with Simon, check out Volume 70 of Psychology of Entrepreneurship.
Author: Ronsley Vaz
Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.
He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.