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Mindfield Book Gallery in conjunction with Blackwood Library presented a public lecture by Dave Bell, author of Growing Money Trees. This fascinating book produced in collaboration with photographer, James Morcom, is a collection of beautiful photographs and intriguing reflections on what nature has taught Dave Bell about money, love and life.
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Who is Dave Bell you might ask? He is an award winning landscape gardener and share trader and a keen surfer. In 2006, Dave Bell (Garden Designer and Writer) and James Morcom (Proprietor, Landscape Gardener and Photographer), trading as Simply Delightful Gardens won the following prizes at the 2006 Landscape Association of SA's Annual Awards Ceremony for a garden in St Johns Road, Prospect, South Australia: Winner - ABC Talkback Gardening Award of Excellence, Award of Merit - Residential Landscape Design over $25,000, Award of Merit - Residential Landscape Construction over $25,000.
Dave spoke candidly about his life experiences and his motivation to produce his book Growing Money Trees.
He described his family life when growing up as living in an "emotional war zone" resulting in him experiencing low self-esteem and no understanding of managing money. For much of his life he worked extremely hard but going broke slowly was all he had to show for his efforts.
Half full or Half empty - it depends on which way you look at it.
Then a life changing experience brought about by a serious work injury resulted in him closing his business and seeking less physically demanding employment. He tried taxi driving but the long hours only made things worse. Then he encountered a miracle in the form of a friend who taught him about investing in the share market. During the next seven years he successfully created a significant investment portfolio, had the deposit on a new home, bought a car and had more money to spare than he had ever experienced.
Hot stuff - Successful investors are like chillis; They start out green and end up red hot.
In 2007, due to his own complacency, complicated with the credit crunch he lost a large portion of his investments. He admits he carelessly took his eye off the ball, something you should never do when investing in the stock market. Dave is a strong believer that "there are two ways to learn in this life: either by repeating patterns of behaviour that don't work, and then dealing with the negative consequences; or by finding new solutions that do work, and then enjoying the rewards." In the past seven years Dave Bell has benefited from his rewards, something he finds the more enjoyable.
What's cooking? Know when to get out of the market to avoid getting roasted.
To commemorate his achievement, he resigned from his employment and set his goal of reflecting on his life experiences to produce The Gardener's Guide to Growing Money Trees, which won a Bronze Medal in the Gift category in the Living Now Book Awards, which "celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives" and are open to all books written in English and are open to the North American market.
Find the best spot. When looking for the right place, remember: Location, location, location
On May 23rd, Dave Bell accepted the award as part of the 2011 New York Book Expo. The Gardener's Guide to Growing Money Trees was recognised for "helping readers help themselves, to learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways."
Door to the heart - They say love is a many splendid thing. No wonder when the doorway looks like this.
Dave openly admits the book's title can be misleading as some people have mistaken it for either a gardening book or a money making book, when it is neither. The combination of astounding photographs and Dave's reflective thoughts and at times humorous messages propose this book to be found on the shelves for Photographic or Inspirational books.
Players in the game - The question is: Are you in the driver's seat, or are you one of the mob being taken for a ride?
I am sure many of us at times have encountered cumbersome wordy books that are heavy on content and light on useful information. However, Dave Bell has that unique ability to cut to the chase and say in a few words, messages that when linked to intriguing photographs have a thought provoking impact. It's beautiful presentation and inspiring colourful photographs suggest an ideal coffee table book, the type often presented on special occasions.
A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush.