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Last week, my nephew, James (4), painted a rainbow with his Dad. It was a beautiful rainbow except, as his Mum pointed out, it wasn’t exactly accurate. Some of the colours were in the wrong sequence.
She criticised James’ dad for not teaching him the right colour combination and within the quite tight family-frame that we are, the discussion quickly reverberated across houses, streets, cities and countries, until family members formed factions - for and against.
I was very much in the “who cares what sequence” faction”, taking sides with James’ dad. Curiously, it seems, the males across the family sphere took a similar view.
My wife was firmly in her sister’s camp, saying everyone knows the proper rainbow sequence.
I informed her that I didn’t.
“It’s Roy G. Biv,” she said, horrified at my ignorance. “You have to think of it as an imaginary person – red, orange, yellow, green, etcetera.”
Now, if you know me, you will realise that people real or imaginary, are not a problem. I try not to distinguish or judge.
After speaking with this week’s eclectic group of interviewees, it occurred to me that every one of them told me stories about themselves and their respective businesses that were packed with colour.
And because the businesses are all so different, there did not seem to be any order or sequence to how each was finding success.
It just occurred to her after a trip to Mexico and she returned to Perth craving fresh hot sauces that burnt your mouth out and forced you into a fetal position on the floor.
Nor did the dynamic, Texas-based Black Mountain Exploration Chief Operating Officer, Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes, imagine that she would one day be sitting in Western Australia’s red desert with indigenous groups explaining the virtues of fracking.
The same goes for Brendan Borg, the Managing Director of gold explorer, Tempus Resources. A major part of his role is ensuring that the First Nations people of British Columbia are comfortable and confident about his company’s stewardship of its Canadian gold mine.
Appearing together, side-by-side, in this issue of The Yield, their stories may seem random. They are not.
What they share is a passionate, colourful approach and desire to make a positive difference. These businesspeople are succeeding because they have discovered gaps which need to be coloured in.
I would contend that none of them would get particularly uptight about the colours of the rainbow and what order they had to go in.
But I haven’t asked them, I don’t want to create waves - and family problems.
As it stands, my family’s discussion about my nephew, James’s rainbow, is in Panama where my father-in-law resides.
I am looking forward to hearing whether he sides with Roy G. Biv, or not.
Thank you for reading, and continuing to support this colour-filled publication.