Would you take advice from a stranger?

Antal Berkes: Budapest in winter
Antal Berkes: Budapest in winter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A woman who grew up in Hungry was showing us oil paintings for her home in South Africa and a small apartment in Budapest that was confiscated by the Communists and many years later given back to the family. I asked where and how she had learned to paint so well. She laughed. She said that she had learnt just by doing it.

This self-taught artist was saying something that is significant and permeates everything she does in life. With a happy, can-do-it attitude she goes into things and get things done without hours, weeks, months or years of excruciatingly painful learning. I think it’s the same attitude that led her to establish a chain of retail toy shops in Johannesburg many years ago. Continue reading “Would you take advice from a stranger?”

Does it pay you to hire an architect?

Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Villa ...
Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Villa For Sale – Marvelous dream house (Photo credit: International Real Estate Listings)

A reader who wants to find a business opportunity asked me to tell him about a specific business he could pursue in the city where he lives.

It’s not possible for anyone to tell you what business to go into just as it would be foolish to choose a house for you. Imagine that.

When you are in a financial position to buy a house of your own you will go searching for properties until you find one that you really love. It may take several weeks or even months before you find what you want. You could look at 10 properties or more than 20.

You are going to be very excited about the new home you have found for yourself. You will tell your friends and family. You will begin to feel proud about what you have bought. Your home tells a lot about you and your values, hopes and dreams. Continue reading “Does it pay you to hire an architect?”