You Just Don’t Know what You Don’t Know Yet

[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="330" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] A few months back I sat across from artist and entrepreneur Gordon Heuther.  We were having lunch at Celadon on the riverfront in downtown Napa. We talked about our art, drive, lives, inspirations, working with art representatives, and choosing to take the reins and represent ourselves. Gordon shared his history building his success and I shared my history. He paused, looked at me, and said, “There’s no reason that you should not be grossing $1M a year.”  At first I thought.  "Wow.  Really?"  Then I realized.  "Well, he should know." On the drive back to San Francisco that day I thought. “Hmm.  Now this idea is more exciting because it seems like a very real possibility.  Now, how can I make this happen?" Then I realized that I had a number of people in my circles that know how to make this happen, including many of my collectors.  So I decided to form an advisory board to help me reach this goal. To my delight, everyone I asked said yes. Last week The Lodge of Sonoma and my friend Christopher Sawyer hosted my advisory board at my first dinner meeting.  Christopher even brought out amazing wines from his personal cellar. Each of my advisory board members helped me gain perspective on the mechanics of reaching my goal.  They freely offered their support and collective experience that I could get nowhere else.  And they offered me their confidence, encouragement, and realizations that I could not yet see. I’m very grateful to each of them.  Now I know more than before.
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