This week we interviewed Marta Tamagna, Co-founder of Dharma Community (@dddcommunity). Dharma is a community of people joined together in pursuit of their own "Dharma" in everyday life.
"I first heard of Dharma on a beautiful evening in August 2017 - she says -
while I was on holiday, walking barefoot under an airy porch in the heart of Cilento".
Let's meet her and discover together what Dharma is about.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Marta and, with my best friend Robi, I have created a community based on love. Our idea of creating a community of people joined in the name of the pursuit of their own "Dharma" in everyday life sprang up like a mushroom in the middle of a chat about the need to “let our hair down” in out lives, to regain connection with our inner-self and let it be, following its inclinations and aspirations.
- When did your journey start? I first heard of Dharma on a beautiful evening in August 2017, while I was on holiday, walking barefoot under an airy porch in the heart of Cilento. A few, simple words in an intimate atmosphere between friends were the hint to a need of change, of a different perspective, the awareness of ‘self’ as the only way to pursue happiness and, very often, success. Have you ever felt as if the energy you use up in your job is absolutely disproportionate to the actual results achieved?
And again, have you ever achieved a goal – even an important one, by definition – and yet you didn’t appreciate it, as if you didn’t actually own it? This is where the concept of Dharma simply comes in. I have started working on this, changing my life and my point of view first. And then, discussion after discussion, our project has started.
- What’s the idea behind your business?
We would like to put in touch people who manage to find the way to express what they feel it’s their ‘mission’ and have decided to follow their talent and show who they really are. We believe that the creation of a place where sharing time, contacts and events between people who live and work following their own Dharma with love and spontaneity can enrich each member of the Community and multiply their opportunities to grow and meet people, at a higher personal and professional level.
- Do you have a personal life motto?
Of course, our motto is “just be who you are, bravely and always”
- What is your main struggle in being female entrepreneurs?
I believe that being a female entrepreneurs, in our case, is fortunate. Day after day we realise that our feminine touch and our ability to see the beauty everywhere make of us a positive and winning team.
- What was your biggest professional achievement during your entrepreneur journey? Our community has already a number of Italian and international partners. After a few months of life, even if we are still working hard on a lot of aspects, we are very glad and happy as we have already started to grow, to meet super interesting people, and to lay the foundations for a lot of new collaborations. During the last month we have also started to focus out attention on new collaboration with English partners!
- What was your biggest personal achievement?
I have learnt by experience that following your own inclinations is like sailing before the wind, even at the cost of leaving behind those expectations you, or others, had set for yourself. In this way, you follow your inner self and deeply love what you do and people around you do perceive it. It’s like releasing positive and clean energy that magically comes back as abundance.
To understand what I am talking about, try and observe the look in the eyes of those who do what they love and get approval and appreciation in return! Today I am able to say that I perfectly know what makes me happy and what makes me able to truly being me.
- What is the greatest lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur? “Often the creative life is slowed or stopped because something in psyche has a very low opinion of us, and we are down there grovelling at its feet instead of bopping it over the head and running for freedom. In many cases what is required to aright the situation is that we take ourselves, our ideas, our art, far more seriously than we have before." (C. P. Estés – “Women Who Run With The Wolves”)
This quote perfectly sums up the most important lesson we have learned during our journey until now. We very much believe in the importance to take ourselves and our beautiful being far more seriously day after day.
- How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?
I live in UK and Robi lives in Italy and, now more than in the past, we have just one important and unmissable ritual: our long daily phone call. We talk about our everyday life but we also share experiences, ideas, goals and organisation of work within the community.
- Who’s the female entrepreneur or leader that you admire the most and why?
- How do you advertise yourself as an entrepreneur?
I love what we usually say to our partners: "Our Dharma is you".
We have create a community based on Dharma that means visibility, advertisement, meet-ups and ongoing opportunities of personal and entrepreneurial growth. We also organise events and retreats. And we are in love with what we do! Does not this mean being entrepreneur?
- How did social media help you to promote your business?
Social media are of course one of the most important channels for growing, meeting people and make the business be successful. However, we still believe a lot in the importance of human relationships and in direct contact. This is one of the reasons why we have decided to start creating retreats and opportunities for interaction.
- Do you have any advice to give to the new female entrepreneurs? May I use another quote which means “do what you love to do in your life”?!
Here it is. "When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?" (K. Gibran – “The Prophet”).
If you want to know more about Marta and Dharma Community, take a look at her website: http://ddidharma.com/