Julia Cameron on how to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow – a timelessly wonderful read from 1992
A surprising number of people retain from childhood the idea that there is a fixed amount of wealth in the world. There is, in any normal family, a fixed amount of money at any moment. But that’s not the same thing. When wealth is talked about in this context, it is often described as a pie. “You can’t make the pie larger,” say politicians…
What leads people astray here is the abstraction of money. Money is not wealth. It’s just something we use to move wealth around. So although there may be, in certain specific moments (like your family, this month) a fixed amount of money available to trade with other people for things you want, there is not a fixed amount of wealth in the world. You can make more wealth. Wealth has been getting created and destroyed (but on balance, created) for all of human history.
KNOW YOUR PURPOSE
Adam Leipzig helps you know your purpose in life in 5 minutes. This could be applied to our various roles of work, home, community etc. via Jason Bosarge
Discovering your life purpose.
It’s back to this idea of what are we truly afraid of. I am more afraid of settling — I am more afraid of not giving what I can give — than I am afraid of doing it. And so when we’re sitting quietly, there’s a debate we have to have with ourselves all the time, which is: “What is my work?” And if “My work is to have more impact,” I don’t think we start by asking — I think we start by giving… Once you get hooked on that, culturally, then doors open — doors open because your work precedes you. You are your work — not your resume, but the ruckus you have made before, the people you have touched before…
For the [creative person], what’s going on outside is trivial compared to what is going on inside… Don’t try to change the structure of the outside world [hoping that] then you’ll be fine, then you’ll be creative and then you’ll be brave. No. First, figure out how to be creative and brave and courageous, and the outside world will change on your behalf…
It’s always the same case — it’s always the case of you’re a human, trying to connect to another human. And if you just pick one human that you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.
Truth! So many folks don’t understand the difference. I cringe whenever I hear someone who thinks they are learning to play the market. Who is playing whom? Be an investor, not a trader. Know the difference.
"We believe you should care less about how the market is doing, and more about how you are doing." - zerocelsius
Working on Wealth Stages…
- Savers should keep it simple, focus on budgeting, and have a savings goal — a particular achievable number: $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, $250,000. And a plan to make it happen. Sounds tough, but it’s soooo doable.
- Investors have achieved $250,000 or more. They need to establish an investment plan within the context of their financial plan. That’s an incredibly important point. Read it again.
- The Wealthy have a set of complexities that require sophisticated wealth management actions particular to their unique set of circumstances. See how complicated that got? But complexity doesn’t have to be hard.
We are with you every step of the way. Really.
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The role of the investment banks in the financial crisis of 2007–2008 … is the most disturbing recent example of the economic and the unethical coming together with catastrophic consequences for the former. The trading teams at Goldman and the executives who presided over them were inhabiting an extreme variant of a closed world, where their reality was populated by the electronic images and databases of their systems. Their obsessive focus on these images, driven by an equal obsession for the bottom line, excluded the human realities tethered to the symbols.
In 1988, Charles Eames’s only daughter, Lucia, inherited the iconic Eames house in Pacific Palisades, California after the death of her stepmother, Ray. The house—along with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe’s…
Same principles apply to a wealth studio.
Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio
About two years we featured a great selection of skull nickels, a numismatic curiosity where miniature bas relief sculptures are carved into coins, an artform that’s broadly referred to as hobo nickel art. While researching a follow-up article on Hobonickelart.com I stumbled onto the work of Paolo Curcio (aka “mrthe”) who appears to have taken the process of carving coins to an entirely new level. Using a variety of different coins the Barcelona-based artist creates etched homages to pop culture, illustrations of figures from literature, and most commonly: macabre portraits of skulls and death, probably the most prevalent theme in hobo nickel art.