Posted by Mike Oldfield on April 22, 1999 at 12:38:02:
Imagination. Thats what creativity is all about. I was hoping that you would see that the focus here isnt that your curcumstances fit, but that there are circumstanes that do. I have found several, again, that do not apply to your circumstances. Since I gave one example which has actually happened in reality, and I have shared it with you. You wont have to imagine it, like you say you cant do. (Dangerous talk for a creative person)
Here is another example which may clear it up for you.
When an investor has an opportunity far more rewarding than the investment they are currently invloved in with JohnDough me or you, they may desire to cash out and move on to the new opportunity. Just because it hasnt happened to you yet does not mean that it wont. Because it does wether you can IMAGINE it or not.
Yes, it is clear to me that your circumstances do not fit. However I havent spent a whole lot of time thinking about your circumstances since you didnt spend any time thinking about mine.
I will reiterate that I didnt get nor did you get where you got by offending our most important contacts. I have offered discounts they have been accepted and these investors continue to loan to me on other projects. We have traveled together, broke bread together, laughed together and remain freinds. I found found that business people are not nearly as sensitive nor emotional as you have experienced. They realize that we all look to better our positions on an ongoing and continous basis. This does not offend them because they are the same. Capitalism is robust is it not.
Take your blinders off and look beyond your own circumstances. Perhaps you would enjoy considering mine. After all they are DIFFERENT and still effective for both the investor AND THE LENDER
One answer I recieved from my investor was
"No thanks This time Mike. Good Luck with that. Maybe you could refi with a commercial bank, you have some equity now. Try going that way.
Are you going to be in town Monday? I’d like to play some tennis after the business hour. How’s your serve coming along?
That doesnt sound resentful to me. But just to be sure, I called him. I asked. I read him your post. He is sorry and concerned THAT YOU CAN NOTIMAGINE also.
Each to his own my friend. Sorry we disagree but I will defend my contributions so that newbies dont get the wrong idea. I wouldnt want newbies to think that a lack of imagination and creativity is a good thing.
Maybe you should work on your relationship with your lenders. I like to speak frankly with all of my associates and friends. I have found they respect it more than your alternative. Its more efficient and we are all busy people.
Good Luck with your endeavors,