During the last couple of years the world of personal technology has been harassed by the need for smartphones and tablet computing.
I always imagined saving my hard earned cash to invest in prestigious cars and property, sustaining a way to have a better standard of living. This is what my parents did and who else was I to learn from (There was no such thing as YouTube back then)?
The world we live in today is saturated with impulse purchasing and clever marketing, however do you recall hearing two teenage girls talking about the current exchange rate or the price of crude oil? I ask these questions because in order to nurture an economy and increase disposable expenditure, the opportunists amongst us need to become more innovative and entrepreneurial.
Take investing in Art as an example.
Whether it is for recreational or commercial purposes, this has become that of an interesting discussion point more recently.
Most people, that want a change for the next generation, are sick and tired of hearing the majority of people complain that the ‘Rich get richer…. and the poor get poorer’. If this notion is treated like an attitude rather than a tragedy, we can change their way of thinking to encourage a brighter and more fruitful future for our economies.
In order to keep on purchasing the latest ipad every 6 months and drive the latest Audi, new avenues must be explored.
Purchasing on credit and earning interest from your bank account just isn’t an option for many at the moment and taking a good look at the past could reveal the secrets to a better future.
Take a leaf out of the book of a great man, Winston Churchill once commented “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies”. With that in mind would you be surprised to hear that Picasso’s ‘Garcon a la Pipe’, painted in 1905, was first sold to John Whitney in 1950 for $30K? That is an incredible profit on its own from the artist’s point of view, however that investor then went on to sell that very same painting 54 years later for a staggering $104,168,000, returning an appreciation of over 64 times the purchase value for each year.
(image courtesy of mirror.co.uk)
During the interlude of sale and purchase, these types of paintings can generate a very healthy salary for the investor by displaying them in well known galleries across the world. Seem too good to be true? Sometimes it is, but a true entrepreneur will follow their instinct.
Although capital is difficult to get hold of at the moment, the opportunities are still there and perseverance fueled by a thorough understanding of fine art could change your life forever. Reassess your goals, decide what you need to be productive rather than what you want, and make a change today.
Sources – www.funofart.com
This might be the wrong thing for a friend of Rolls-Royce to say, but: I never aspired to owning one.
Don’t get me wrong, I love everything Rolls-Royce stands for: The luxury, the fine attention to detail, the brand, the exclusivity. It is all desirable. Highly desirable. But I never wanted to buy a car that I had to be driven in. As a motor-sport enthusiast it’s important for me to be behind the wheel.
It is funny how wrong one person can be. At the unveiling of the new Ghost Series II I had the rare chance to drive a Phantom Drop Head. Rolls-Royce played their trump card and ordered the rare UK sun to come out just as I got the keys to the car (for want of a better word).
The moment I sat in the driver’s seat I realised my perceptions were very wrong. The ergonomics were clearly set out for the driver. The driving position worked. A few swift smooth adjustments and I felt totally at home.
The key pushed in and the stop start button jumped the Phantom into life. The door closed at the touch of a button. And off I went, effortlessly gliding out of the grand Chichester driveway at the home of Rolls-Royce in West Sussex.
Power was on tap but, as expected, was deliverable in the smoothest, most linear way possible. No clunking, no stutters, no torque steer. Just automotive perfection. The side roads were no issue. A large car, yes, but even in the face of oncoming traffic, including all manner of lorries, it was not daunting. I felt a sense of purpose, even a sense of authority. The rutted side roads of the West Sussex countryside may as well have been the smooth race surface of the Goodwood motor circuit.
The quality of the leather was unparalleled, the noise was heavenly in its nonexistence, the clarity of the sound system was crystal clear even with the roof down, the power was smooth and ample, acceleration rapid yet subtle, the controls perfectly placed both visually and functionally. But the breaks were the most surprising aspect of the car. The car stopped. It really stopped. Given its size and ease of acceleration, I feared it would struggle to put down the anchors. But it really excelled without making you feel like you were going through the windscreen, it just gracefully came to a very quick stop.
The driving experience is parallel to the chauffeured experience, except you actually get to enjoy the ecstasy of driving the finest automotive machinery in the world. I only drove for seven miles, but those seven miles were life changing.
I have to now go back and re-evaluate my top 5 dream car list. I can assure you a Rolls-Royce is now high up in that list. I now just have to drive the Wraith and the Ghost to decide which one I want! I look forward to it with great excitement.
Ollie Hulme for Scaleogy