The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Independence Vs Ownership Explained …

David Lee Roth once stated “whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness, didn’t know where to shop”.

I get it … money is epic and makes life easier and – superficially – happier.

But what he didn’t say is that “there’s no amount of money that makes being miserable, worthwhile”.

Maybe it’s because he didn’t know it.

Maybe it’s because he didn’t want to admit it.

But given how he has talked about his toxic time in Van Halen, I am pretty sure he’d agree now … because while there are many benefits to independence [and ownership for that matter, but that’s a post for another day], the one that is the most valuable personally, professionally, creatively, commercially and collaboratively is the ability to be honest with your colleagues and clients.

Utterly honest.

It might not always be the most comfortable meeting – especially if you’ve been an asshole and tried to fuck them over and then beg forgiveness later – but it will always get to a stronger outcome.

After all, they say ‘honesty is the best policy’ for a reason.

Happy weekend.

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I know what I’m going to be sending this around the office tomorrow.

That said honesty is not dependent on independence, but it does impact whether you are listened to.

Is this why DLR went solo rather than join another band?

Comment by Pete

Fair … but it makes your voice heard a damn sight more easily.

As for DLR going solo … it could be for a bunch of reasons, from the fact he would probably overshadow any band he joined and the fact that if you hear any live album he is on, you realize he couldn’t sing live at all. Ha.

Comment by Rob

Is this your way of expressing your regret selling cynic?

Comment by Lee Hill

There will always be a part of me that does, even though we all knew it was the right thing to do at the right time to do it.

Comment by George

Doubt it, he got a life of luxury and a windmill out of it.

Comment by Bazza

Don’t regret it Lee. But I do regret no longer working with some [note: some, ha] of the people who were there. And clients, of course.

Comment by Rob

Few companies are truly independent, most are interdependent with the power balance between the two constantly shifting. Even multinationals have to answer to shareholders so it’s not as cut and dry and many like to make it sound.

I agree money is power but so is honesty, because independence starts with how you think and then is shaped by what you value.

Comment by George

Doesn’t matter if you run a company or work for one, you’re only as independent as your clients or bosses are.

Comment by Bazza

And the attitude of clients/bosses is based on whether they build their personal and professional value through money, craft or speed.

Independence isn’t purely about financial power it’s about knowing who you are working with before you work with them.

Comment by Bazza

Both are excellent points, well made.

Comment by George

Yes … I’m with George.

Of course, a company that doesn’t answer to anyone else tends to be create a better environment for expression [however that is manifested] than one that answers to lots of people, but I get your point.

Comment by Rob

Reading these comments, it seems we all are all privileged liberal thinkers.

Some more privileged than others though. ; )

Comment by Pete

More like liberal thinkers sponsored by corporate payouts.

Except me.

Comment by Bazza

You hide your exception status very well.

Comment by Pete

Another rarely celebrated talent of mine.

And Rob is more terrorist than thinker which makes it harder for me to understand why corporates and independents both seem to like him.

Comment by Bazza

Having been the recipient of Robert’s terrorism on numerous occasions, I can tell you he has the rare ability to be blunt while conveying a genuine desire to see you succeed. It is jarring and trust building at the same time.

Comment by Lee Hill

You know I learnt that from you Lee?

You can’t have 10 years of ‘considerate bollocking’ and not learn something. Ha.

Comment by Rob

Are you thanking Lee or blaming him?

Comment by Pete

Only thing I care about is that photo of Roth. That’s when rockstars were stars.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Finally we agree.

Comment by Bazza

I met him in the line for the bathroom at the Rainbow Bar and Grill. He was very polite.

Comment by John

you like such fucking shit “music”.

Comment by andy@cynic

Just music?

Comment by DH

what that video showed me was billy is shit at negotiating if he sells his company but still has to do the fucking graft and gets told how to make his numbers. kids can be shit.

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