March 16

The RBBP – Chapters 1-3

Posted by lori . 9 Comments

My hope is that I’ll relax and be able to decide if this is a book that I want to take time to work through and that it will give you the opportunity to see if it would be helpful for you. 

I was looking for something to fill the time between the How to Paint a Girl and How to Paint an Owl  E-Courses…enter, The Right-Brain Business Plan.

I have owned this book for a while and have made every excuse imaginable not to read it.  Why?  It’s not the “right-brain” part.  I love living in my right-brain.  It’s the “business plan” part. 

Here are the reasons for that:

Reason #1 – I love my creative life.  Generally, when something becomes “work,” it’s ruined.  It’s no longer fun, free and creative; it’s deadlines, obligations and pressure.  Do I want to do anything like that to something I love so dearly?  NO!

Reason #2 – I don’t consider myself good at business.  I’ve failed more than once, and now I have a script written in my head that says, “You’re no good at business. Don’t even try it.  You’ll fail…guaranteed.”

But, here’s the truth:

Truth #1 – Reading and working through a book doesn’t mean anything.  I don’t have to change a thing.

Truth #2 – Just because I’ve failed at something once, twice or more times than that, it doesn’t mean I’ll always fail.  Plus, failure isn’t always a bad thing.  Sometimes “failure” is just “learning.”

I’m still not enthusiastic.  So to calm myself, I’m just going to READ the book.  I’ll share a brief overview of the chapters.  My hope is that I’ll relax and be able to decide if this is a book that I want to take time to work through, and that it gives you the opportunity to see if it would be helpful to you.

Here’s what I read this week:

Chapter 1 – Starting from the Top

This chapter covers the process used in the Right-Brain Business Plan and the structure of the plan.

Favorite Quote – ” Just as the how is as important as the what, the being is as important as the doing.”

Chapter 2 – Crafting Your Business Vision and Values

The first step, exploring your business vision, values and voice.

Favorite Quote – “If your vision is the big picture you’re painting, and your values are the colorful paints, then your voice is like the beautiful brushstroke you use to bring your vision to life.”

Chapter 3 – Painting Your Business Landscape

Where does your business fit in with your industry?

Favorite Quote – “It’s your love of what you do that drives you.  When it comes to crafting a business plan, though, you must also ensure that your passions intersect with what people are willing to pay for.”

Daily Inspiration


A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

Henry Ford

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9 Responses to " The RBBP – Chapters 1-3"

  • Bassetmomma says:

    I don’t know how you find the time for all the creative things you do! I really do envy this organizational quality you have! 🙂

  • houndstooth says:

    Do you know how many times Lincoln tried things and failed before becoming successful? Many! I hope that you enjoy the book, and even if it just lets you explore a few ideas, it’s worth it!

  • Puddles says:

    Dis is funny cuz back when my mum was a scrapbooker and her was on design teams fur companies her hated it cuz it bacame work and hers hads deadlines….so we knows totally what you mean.

    You can always learn from failures. Of course, I has nevers failed at anything though. Well there was dis one time…never mind…


  • Patty says:

    Everyone fails at one time or another. I had a business for 15 years and then the economy caused it to fail. Could I have saved it? Maybe, but I still don’t know how. Basically, I did desktop publishing work for hotels and their budgets were cut when the economy crumbled.

    I used to have loads of ideas for businesses, but I just don’t have the confidence or energy to try again.

    I think sometimes we hold ourselves back because we would rather not try than to fail.

  • Penelope says:

    I think I have to get that book! Just to read it.
    I have had a number of businesses but one thing I’ve discovered, the things I LOVE to do, just don’t make enough money to pay the bills.
    When I do work work for myself at work I am good at and don’t particularly LOVE to do, I am resentful at all the time it takes away from the “fun” things. I am obsessive in making sure things are done right and to the best of my ability.
    However, if I am being paid by someone else, then my obsessive personality can let go and give me the permission and time to do what I really love to do.
    Thus I work full time for someone else, and I do the things I want to do in my spare time.
    For me that is a win win.
    Nellie’s Mom

  • Carolyn Dube says:

    This sounds like a wise book- the quotes you have are powerful!

  • fern reed says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow!!!
    Thanks for your visit!!!!

  • Sounds like a good book!
    Dachshund Nola

  • Wendy says:

    What great insights you’re having.

    I have a feeling that you failed a great many times when you were learning to walk but you didn’t give up – your desire to succeed outweighed everything else and there were people to encourage you – replicate the conditions! We can learn a lot about perseverence from babies!

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