Think of one of your your favorite living artists. If you had the chance to hang out with that artist regularly, have long, deep conversations about art, creativity, and the meaning of life with him or her, and give and receive feedback on each other’s work, collaboratively, how much would that be worth to you? Probably a lot–but actually, that experience is not even available for purchase with money.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of developing a friendship with one of the artists I’ve admired most from afar, Rain Phutureprimitive. His album “Sub Conscious” is definitely one of my Top 5 albums of all time, any genre. It is truly a masterpiece of psychedelic downtempo, and I come back to it again and again when I want to drop in deep. (Link to listen to the album in the comments section.)
So, it was an incredible surprise, and honor, when I got a chance to live in an RV with Rain for the entire week at Burning Man, 2013. At first, I had to pinch myself to remind myself that this was real (I was quite a fanboy!) but soon, Rain requested that I not relate to him as some kind of Deity on a pedestal, but rather as a fellow human. We soon developed a deep friendship.
Now, I get to experience a dream-come-true, on a regular basis: artistic dialogue, with one of my favorite artists, whom I count as a close friend.
This kind of experience, as well as the creative and artistic super-charge that comes from it, gives me great joy and meaning in my life. Yet it is not available in exchange for money. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t *invest* in order to create it. I am able to call in and experience friendships and relationships like this, which light my creativity on fire, because of my consistent investment in one of my own greatest areas of true wealth: my tribe, network, and circle of friendships and relationships.
Clearly, a financial plan and system that *only* focuses on money, to the exclusion of meaning, creativity, art, friendship, and tribe, is broken at the core. We need to bring creativity, art, and relationships–and all other types of true wealth–back into our discussion of financial planning, and integrate them back into our concept of wealth. The word “wealth,” after all, has its roots in the Old English word for “well-being.” Could you imagine a notion of well-being that did *not* include, for example, creativity and art?
Listen to the dialogue via this link: http://on.fb.me/1PhY0tv
Why is Julia Allison not participating in this
shill dialogue?! Where is Julia? Where is Lilly? Where is BOOK? I LOVE YOU BOOK!!
Update: Devin Stetler’s ex, Lauren Lee Anderson, explains the definition of “bestseller” to trustafarian, Rain collaborator, and full-time scam artist Bryan Franklin:
To have a bestselling book you have to actually SELL books. And you have to sell better and more than 90% out there. I use 90% somewhat arbitrarily but its based on the mass production volume of our current century and especially current decade. Best-selling has become a washed and overused term that doesn’t mean anything anymore.
Ali Shanti’s Bottom Fan in the ‘Stan (and occasional one-word commenter): Eivind Figenschau Skjellum, Founder at Masculinity-Movies.com, Founder and Director at Reclaim You Inner Throne, and Founder at Authentic Norway!