The Curious Conundrum: A Financial Advisor's Fascination with Artists
I prefer to work with motivated and hungly for change, goal-oriented business owners, but every now and then, I find myself succumbing to
the charms of an odd artist. Am I mad? Why would I willingly embrace the whimsy of such creative souls?
Picture this: an accountant's life, normally mired in the mundane, is suddenly interrupted by the arrival of an artist, their imagination
awash with vivid hues of peculiarity. It's like stepping into a Salvador Dalí painting, where reality and dreams entwine in a mesmerizing
The Unpardonable Accountant: Indelible First Impressions. Meeting Leisa
Yet, a paradox surrounds her. She poses seemingly naive questions about finance, akin to a child's innocence, but I sense her struggle lies
not in grasping the concept but in navigating the intentionally imposed complexity. She's fallen victim to pragmatists who convinced her
that finance is a foreign realm, beyond her reach. What they never disclosed is that they deliberately employ convoluted jargon to maintain
their gatekeeper status. They consider her a threat, for they fear that once creative minds comprehend finance, they'll multiply wealth at
an astonishing pace.
Client Story: Leisa boarded the wrong flight and ended up on a surprise vacation.
Is she selling just materials and labor, measured in hours? Or perhaps, it's the prestige of owning an unreplicable piece of
art? Yet, prestige is not what drives her. What Leisa yearns for is that moment of transcendence, where invisible forces guide her physical being to craft unearthly shapes. She loses herself for hours in front of her kilns, neglecting even her basic needs, as she
breathes life into inspiration.
But in the wake of each enchanting trance, a cruel and unforgiving reality emerges. Leisa finds herself entangled in the merciless embrace of practicality. An apparently innocuous inquiry, "What's your asking price for this masterpiece?" becomes a vice, constricting around her
with each fleeting breath.
When I finally retire and write my memoirs, the small business owner will be my true hero. They face harsh economic conditions
underequipped. Sacrifice is their middle name. They work tediously long hours for a financial scraps in the first couple years of
establishment. Many of them will perish in an unequal struggle with the forthcoming recession. I want to celebrate these humble but
exhausted heroes and help them to become equipped when faced with the battle of their lives. Where do I get my fervent belief in
Australian small business? From recent history. Who helped Aussies pull through the extensive episodes of lockdown? The partisans of the
business world: the small business owners.
They employed the tactics of the resistance: the speed, the surprise, and the mobility. In a short period of time, the troops were
assembled, bolstered by local businesses that had acquired a thorough knowledge about e-marketing and rolled out online stores – with
full logistical support (including delivery). They did not act as competitors but as a helping hand. Our partisans will escalate their
resistance once again to combat this looming ugly recession.
As a young woman in Russia I experienced first hand the economic chaos that resulted from the fall of the Soviet Union.
While the economic, social and political circumstances differ today, many of the same traits that separated financial success and failure in
the immediate post-Soviet economy, will apply in the post-pandemic economy today.
In these unprecedented times, one thing we are being reminded of – and not just when we witness Italians creating glorious, impromptu
concerts over balconies – is that humans are resilient, and we adapt well to change.
When change is being ushered in as quickly as it has been lately, we have to respond equally fast.
But there’s two ways to respond to a changing and uncertain landscape: we can panic, or we can remain calm.
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