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The Dylan Touch

Think about having the the Dylan touch if you want everlasting wealth. The greatest fear in the Western world is, but should not be, running out of money. Running our of purpose, satisfaction, peace of mind, ease, usefulness and fulfillment are more important assets. Learn a lesson from Bob Dylan about how to turn your passion and purpose into profit.

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New renditions and different songs.

Wealth goes beyond money. Gain these attributes and the money follows. The ancient mystic poet Rumi describes this human phenomonon this way:

Have some free bread! Bread is more in love with you than you with it. It sits and waits for days. Bread itself comes to the funeral and makes a speech: O corpse! You almost killed yourself with worrying about food. Now you are gone and food is still here. Have some free bread!

The late Felix Dennis, a highly successful magazine publisher (at a time when many magazines failed) states this reality in less abstract terms in his book How to Get Rich: Being rich is fine, and at the very least is better than being poor. But it shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of your life, or anyone’s life. If you can laugh in the midst of early poverty and in the face of real adversity, and if you can still laugh when you’re coining it in, then you will almost certainly continue to coin it in.

All too often the fear of running out of money or the fear of change or just plain laziness causes investors (and business people) to stick to old ideas in new times. Artists face this dilemma as well. The audience comes for nostalgia and wants to hear the old songs. This can increase a performer’s income, but stifle creativity.

Ricky Nelson wrote a song about it when he was booed off the stage at Madison Square Gardens because he presented a new image and sang the new songs from his evolving experience as a singer. This created the words in his song “Garden Party”: “Learned my lesson well. You can’t please everyone but you got to please yourself.

How do we come to grips with the evolution of society, the economy and life that rolls us along? Bob Dylan asked that question in one of his most popular songs “How does it feel? To be without a home. Like a complete unknown. Like a rolling stone.”

He has and is still answering that question by the way he lives, writes and sings his music to this day.

Dylan’s classic music captured my generation’s times and feelings in the 1960s. I loved his songs. If I attended one of the concerts in his “Never Ending Tour,” now in its 27th year, I would not hear much of that golden oldie music .

A recent USA Today article “Decades later, Bob Dylan still evolving” (1) explains that unlike many of his performing contemporaries, he doesn’t do crowd-pleasing hits for nostalgic fans who want to relive their past. Dylan keeps rolling on… fulfilling his passion and finding fans who like what he does not.

The article says: Now 73, the Dylan I watched on stage for a little over two hours was not the romanticized figure of my youth. The majority of songs were recent recordings from 2000 and later.

Dylan threw in a few oldies, including Tangled Up in Blue (1975), and the anti-war anthem, Blowin’ in the Wind (1962). But his renditions were so different from the recordings I had memorized, that I didn’t recognize them until midway through the familiar refrains. His songs are never static but constantly evolving.

His newer songs still speak of the disadvantaged and oppressed (Workingman’s Blues #2, 2006) and of bleak and foreboding times (Things Have Changed, 1999; Pay in Blood, 2012). His poetry is still bold and powerful.

I came away with a new-found respect for Dylan. Instead of playing to the audience’s desires to hear his greatest hits as they were recorded ages ago — as do most stars from decades past — he remains true to his art, creating, evolving on his own terms. The audiences, which seem to span several generations, are welcome to come along for the ride, so long as they don’t cozy up too close.

When you are true to your purpose and passion and let them evolve, you can use old equipment (Dylan still writes music, lyrics and sings ) but your missions will evolve and remain in tune with the times.

You can survive financially off the stores of the past, but to really live an exciting and vibrant adventure, you need to continually renew your missions. Dylan describes the process in these lyrics from one of his newer musings, “Huck’s Song”: “The game’s gotten old, the deck’s gone cold. And I’m gonna have to put you down for a while.”

Put down the worry and stop the chase for just the money. Begin doing what you really desire. Start now!

Gary

We are evolving at our website as well and have created a focus group who are helping me complete my next report “Invest in the Era of Cynicism”.

We’ll be working with this group a couple of times a week, so our next message posted at this site will be emailed to you Saturday December 20, 2014.

This focus group has been filled but we we have opened a waiting list to fill any slots from dropouts or for first place in our next forum.

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(1) The Dylan Touch at usatoday.com