I especially enjoyed this gem from Michelle James the CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence:
Give yourself space, time, and attention to hear your inner source of guidance. Let it surprise you. And don't believe anyone else's fears - the naysayers - it's a reflection of their fears. (Pg. 214)I immediately thought of my brother and his never ending torrent of business ideas. When he asks me to evaluate them I am almost always negative; he will lose his home, never find another day job and his family will end up living in a van by the river. This quote helped me realize my objections are more about my fears and values - I value security - than his ideas.
Shawne Duperon of Shawne TV provides an example of the advice I should be giving him:
Get cash flow handled. BE sure to have at least 3 primary clients so you can generate and play in marketing. Don't borrow money for PR. Cash flow is king and lowers fear so you can play. (Pg. 218)Since I know he likes a good investment tip, this one is for you B:
At a recent seminar Bruce Johnstone, CFA was asked where he would invest $100,000 today:
He began by reminding the crowd interest rates will not remain as low as they are today, so first he would leverage his real estate. Then he would use that money along with the $100k to invest in early stage venture capitalist projects such as purification of fracking water, developing insulation products and waste to energy products. He would invest in all of these before solar and wind.
There you have it younger brother, if you decide to go ahead with his plan don't ask my opinion because Johnstone lost me at the word leverage.