So, my friends, we’ve come to the end of 2012 and begun to set goals for 2013. And; I have decided to fix a major glitch in my professional life. Due to some overly cautious and waffling corporate people, I was not allowed to combine my financial planning business with my writing and speaking business: these nervous and uninformed folks insisted I put up a wall between them (despite these same people approving it in the beginning). Essentially, it meant that my first published work, The Affluent Artist, was all but useless to me professionally. Why don’t you hear about ¬†financial planning or business tips for creatives from me, even though I have specialized in the field for 30 years? Because these people, who don’t understand the way the world works, thought that I was blurring some kind of line. It turns out, they don’t know all that much. Running a business from a place of fear is no way to grow it and I made a mistake by letting these suit wearing, non-producing, administrative types define my reality for too long.

My goal for 2013? To fix this mess.

I am in the latter stages of negotiations now with two firms to make my professional dream a reality (it turns out that my dream could have been a reality a long time ago if I’d only taken their calls!) I will choose between two wonderful firms this week and then I will be combining all of my brands, my financial planning practice, Middle Aged Crazy, and The Affluent Artist under one roof to form a new entity called The Affluent Advisors Group. To say I am excited would be an understatement, I haven’t been this enthused about business in decades! The roadblocks to my dreams are being removed. Letting someone else define me professionally has cost me frustration, heartache, and bad feelings about my business for too long, I was a burnout and I am about to be reborn!

Who knew? I went from being treated like an outlaw, with radical ideas, to a desired commodity just by talking to the right people! My dream was actually easy to obtain all along, I was just associated with the wrong firm. (It was the ruby slippers). There were, after all this angst, several firms who would love to associate with me, in fact, they were enthusiastic about my passion and vision.

I’ll keep you apprised of the details as they happen, I can tell you that I am already beginning to write a new edition of the Affluent Artist and I look forward to telling you about all my plans that will include a number of ¬†business services for small to medium sized creative firms, financial planning, weekend retreats, a Youtube channel for MAC and The Affluent Artist, and plenty more services and ideas designed to help creative people become better with business and help good business people Release Their Creative Beast!

The shackles are about to come off, I will be free at last! I finally get to combine my passion and my profession.

2013 is going to be something else!


3 Responses to My Goal for 2013: The Affluent Advisor Group

  • Hi Rick,
    I recently painted a portrait for my Step brother’s son, Michael Clement, who you recently met with in Charlotte. He gave me your name and info about your book, which I can’t wait to read. After reading your blog, which gave me chills the whole way through because it is exactly what I am going through as an artist, I had to contact you. It is my dream to become successful through my personal and commissioned art. Currently I am working as a scenic artist for a sub contractor of Disney after running a business with my husband for nine years. While this work is paying the bills it is not how I truely long to make a living. I believe I have artistic skills, but am lacking in the knowledge of how to become financially successful with these skills other than doing this commercial work. The work I do now often involves hard physical labor, long hours, and graveyard shifts that are hard on my system. Although I work out regularly, at 41 this is aging me at a faster rate than I would like! Not to mention often times I am the only female on these construction sites, which in and of itself has many issues to deal with.
    I must mention also that this past October I saw a quote that said,” In this age of information, ignorance is a choice.” This got me off my ass and on line looking up the chords to songs that I like and watching tutorial videos on YouTube on how to play them. I have not picked up my guitar since graduating college where I took a guitar 101 class as an elective. I have for years been yearning to play the guitar. I play EVERY day now and finally taught myself how to sing and play together! (This, for some reason, has always been like trying to rub my belly and pat my head at the same time.) now I have finally figured it out and it is gratifying. I am not looking to become Eric Clapton either, but am ready to commit to practicing and challenging myself to get better and better.
    You are probably busy, but I hope that we can exchange ideas and information. The timing of learning about you and your book feels like I have manifested it. I am somewhat starting to believe in this law of attraction ideal!
    All the best,
    Maureen Hudas

    • Rick says:

      Maureen: I’ve seen your work and I am in awe! I think we may be related. Lets get together and have our DNA tested! I’ll contact you privately, I’d love to get to know you!

  • Rick Barlow says:

    Sounds major. It’s been a long time since I’ve checked out this site, which looks totally different from the last time I was here. Impressive visitor numbers, too. Wasn’t even aware of the other site. Anyway, I can’t wait to hear more about your revised strategy.

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