No More Advice
When we began this journey just over ten years ago now, I took my first step of sharing Tessera with the open mind of an artist: The tree of Tessera, the hidden paradise within the volcano, even the experiences that came from dreams such as camping on the beach during a storm, or witnessing a blind schoolgirl who was able to see energy through empathy.
Then, something shifted. I began to watch others who seemed to be doing far better than myself: Those offering prayer, energy healing, magical money magnetism, or some other kind of system around something that couldn’t quite be proven. Yet, everyone jumped on them like there was a free winning lottery ticket involved.
This comparing myself and work to others was the first step towards the demise behind my inspiration for Tessera.
Yes, I know how to earn money, run businesses, and inspire people. But I wasn’t willing to do things that I believed would hurt anyone, especially those going through any kind of emotional trauma, or physical ailment.
So, I began to give advice like everyone else. I began talking about how to start and run a business, how to earn money, heck, I even shared about how to put real estate deals together.
This was the final nail in Tessera’s coffin.
It was between 2014-15 where I had finally lost my way through the woods to Tessera. And, it was then that I stepped back and began to write from the heart. I created Threads of Tessera, a story about a boy who steals a blanket that carried a profound secret. I then wrote Another World Awaits, which is about a woman who learns to see beyond her own narrative and enters her own Tessera.
But this wasn’t enough. These creations — although birthed from my desire to dive back into Tessera — certainly weren’t paying the bills. So, I did what most people in my position would do; I put my focus back upon business so I could continue working on what I loved to do in the background.
Over the course, I never let go of Tessera, or you wouldn’t be reading this. In fact, that’s what this is all about. You see, the further I felt I was stepping away from Tessera, the closer I was actually getting to it. It has taken me years to realize this, but it was helping me develop what I’m about to share with you today.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not interested in giving advice. This is what seemed to paralyze my creativity in the first place. I found myself shifting my MAS audios from wonder and observation, to forcing them to answer far too many questions that weren’t even being asked. Yes, the profoundness of trying to solve everyone else’s problems was intriguing, but it wasn’t for me. For me, I already had the answers, but simply wasn’t able to put those answers into a structure that seemed to work for most people. I was either confusing you, or I was losing you. And this is not what Tessera was meant for.
The moral of the story? No more advice.
So what happened that has driven me to write to you today? It’s simple. Tessera showed me that all of those early years, and through all of that original work, was actually paying off.
What I believed was myself moving through life as an entrepreneur with a set of skills and abilities, was nothing even close to that. Sure, I know things, can do things and have done things. But it was the Tesserean in me that was able to decipher my experiences as they were put into action. This — and exactly this — is what drives me more than anything I’ve ever dreamed of. It’s the ability to see the smaller details, the motivators, and the hidden gold lying just beneath the surface. It’s not just about making money, starting a business, or healing trauma, it’s what life is trying to say behind even the simplest of experiences. And no, it’s not advice, lessons, or even teaching. It’s the perspectives behind those experiences, all of which are driven by a place so hidden, that it’s believed to be nothing more than a fantasy.
Think about it. How do I comfort someone by giving advice to someone who’s just lost a pet, when all I can tell them is that I continually spend time with my deceased cat? Telling my story isn’t advice, it’s perspective.
How do I show someone how to start a business when my businesses may be vastly different than what they want to start? Doesn’t it make more sense to simply share my thoughts, actions, and emotions behind the decisions I’ve made? Or the personal experiences of achievement, frustration, or success that I’ve embraced or overcome?
You can’t teach someone to experience their own journey, you can only show them yours. This is the true missing piece that Tessera always had hidden in its pocket. And after ten years, it’s the one I’m now finally seeing with fresh eyes.
So yes, it’s advice that cripples us, forces us into directions we don’t want to go. But it is experience, which breeds rapport, connection, and new perspectives that we can all embrace.
This is what I want to do, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I simply want to share my journey as a Tesserean. One who not only sees far more opportunity than the average person, but also all of the finite details between every breath, every action, and every choice.
Family, hobbies, spirituality, observation, identity, business, health, fulfillment, connection, environment, abundance, leisure, and everything in between, but through the eyes of Tesserean.
This to me is my greatest asset. It’s not about giving advice, teaching, or showing how to learn the newest get rich/happy/healthy quick scheme, it’s about being on a journey with those interested in traveling the same path.
Over the next week, I will be compiling the six-month plan I talked about in my last email. This plan will show you a 12-point structure that outlines everything you’re about to read below.
My intention is to show you a potential world through the eyes of a Tesserean as he moves through daily life. And make no mistake about it, the list discusses business. Yet, it’s these things that are a part of the ecosystem of the world in which I choose to build.
If this resonates with you, then pay attention next weekend when I reveal the results of this list.
1. Unique observations (what I learned, what I saw differently, how I shifted my mindset to achieve better outcomes)
2. Business and project strategy dissection (what strategies and tactics were implemented, why, and how they propelled the businesses/projects forward. Note: This is a massive piece of this list as I’m currently working on several businesses and projects for building residual and passive income so we can move back to the cabin full time in May, then get a new house next fall)
3. Personal evolution (what made my life better, what improved, and what was adjusted)
4. What was removed or added to downsize and/or save time (may be physical, emotional, or information based)
5. Leveraging workflow (utilizing new tools, or streamlining tasks, which is especially helpful if you’re working alone)
6. Accelerating income (what money decisions were made or applied to enhance overall wealth)
7. What I did to deal with stress and things I don’t like to do (what I created or leveraged because of it and why it has importance)
8. What I failed at and how it affected me or moved me forward
9. What I chose to work on and what I chose to set aside (based on time constraints or relevancy)
10. What tools I chose to use or which ones I chose not to (what they are and what outcome they produced)
11. What I did purely for myself (hobbies, sleep, entertainment, meditation, personal gifts)
12. Giving back/What I did for others (support, encouragement, gratitude, donations)
13. Bonus: anything I feel was important, worthy of my time and effort, or should be discussed (could be health tips, fun stuff, a new skill, or anything used to level-up)