Q. Please give our readers an introduction to your business. Please describe your business in detail. Where you are located and if and where you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.
A. A bit over forty years ago I left graduate school believing I knew how the Universe works, at least in the sense that I understood the laws of physics. But then something happened I couldn’t explain. I was afraid, I asked help from who-knows-where, and I was given an unassailable and utterly convincing look at a much broader understanding, one that took away my fear and replaced it with a seed of the knowledge of what we humans really are. I spent the next forty years developing that knowledge, resulting in a book called The Seer’s Explanation. I give talks about the book and its ideas, I conduct workshops with small groups of people, and I continue to write about that knowledge as it expands within me.
Q. Please share a brief description about yourself (it should include a brief overview or your educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).
A. Larry Gottlieb completed his undergraduate work in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967, and he completed his master’s degree in X-Ray astronomy at the University of California, San Diego, in 1969. After participating actively in the anti-Vietnam War movement in San Diego, he moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1970 and began an ongoing career as a performing musician. Since 1979 he has worked in the tech industry, first helping to develop accounting software, and in 1985 he began a 30 year career as a computer consultant. In 1990 he was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Basalt, Colorado. He has been a “techie,” a musician, a politician, and now an author and public speaker.
Q. What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?
A. It is clear to me that I was inspired to write this book and develop these ideas by all-that-is, universal consciousness, the Universe. That all-knowing, loving Being lies within each of us as our true Self, and it continues to offer us impulses which, when we learn to distinguish them from ordinary wants and desires, guide us unerringly towards the fulfillment of all that we are and can be.
Q. What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
A. Learn to distinguish your heart from your mind, trust your heart implicitly, and be patient in allowing yourself to become more fully who you really are.
Q. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur
A. Communication, listening, patience.
Q. On average, how many hours do you work a day?
A. None. I don’t consider this path one of work but rather one of joyful discovery.
Q. To what do you most attribute your success?
A. Allowing myself to be guided by all-that-is.
Q. How do you go about marketing your business?
A. Word of mouth
Q. Where did your organizations funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it?
A. I have no investors. I paid for the book from savings and pay for workshop space by donations.
Q. What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
A. Learning to take my attention back from wherever my mind wants to go and doggedly focus on thoughts that feel good when I think them.
Q. Where you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?
A. A wide readership for my writing, individuals and small groups of people who seek me out for consultations and workshops, invitations to speak to groups large and small.
Q. Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
A. Abraham-Hicks Publications
Q. How important have good employees been to your success?
A. I have never had employees. I have been involved in a number of endeavors in which I have experienced the value of “team.” I have had the experience that a team can produce results that are greater than those available to a number of separate individuals. These have included a Town Board of Trustees, several musical groups and some friends who have assisted me in producing workshops.
Q. How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?
A. If the idea comes from my individual, “small” mind, it doesn’t sustain itself and peters out rather quickly. If it comes from a deeper place, from Spirit or Source, it continues to inspire me and it becomes a “path with heart,” in which case it’s easy to stick with it forever.
Q. What motivates you?
A. Fear and guilt used to motivate me, but not so much any more. These days I am powerfully inspired by others who are willing to acknowledge their connection to Source and who are willing to be used by all-that-is to trust their dreams and their passion and act accordingly.
Q. What are your ideals?
A. I believe in authenticity, speaking one’s truth, and living for the joy of living and leaving the rest to Spirit.
Q. How do you generate new ideas?
A. I expect to be inspired by Source, and when I receive a new idea that awakens passion within me I cherish my connection to all-that-is.
Q. How do you define success?
A. I believe in only one definition of success, and that is in terms of the quality of my life. I measure the quality of my life in terms of how much love and joy I am willing to allow myself to experience.
Q. How do you build a successful customer base?
A. I believe that you build a successful customer base by inspiring people to ask for what they want and dream of and then inspire them to allow the Universe to show them the way.
Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
A. Seeing the understanding dawn in someone and hearing them speak joyfully about their own experience.
Q. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
A. Having someone acknowledge the value received in discovering that they can look at the world and themselves in a brand new way, one that brings light to their eyes and joy to their hearts.
Q. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
A. The opportunity to be directly inspired by Spirit and to pursue the realization of one’s own dreams.
Q. What kind of culture exists in your organization?
A. The most effective groups of people I have been privileged to work with are made up of individuals who respect one another and who listen to one another with the expectation that each person will uniquely illuminate some aspect of the common project, as opposed to listening to others in order to divide them up into “us” and “them.”
Q. In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
Q. Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
A. Allow your dreams to align with those of Source
Q. If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?
A. Moses. What was it like to be given a sign from Spirit so powerful that it changed the course of his life so profoundly?
Q. What book has inspired you the most? (OR what is your favorite book?)
A. Tales of Power, by Carlos Castaneda
Q. What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
A. Acting out of fear, regret, guilt or shame
Q. How can you prevent mistakes or do damage control?
A. Don’t do that
Q. What are your hobbies?
A. Play pedal steel guitar in a country dance band. See www.calebdeanband.com
Q. What makes you happy?
A. Being who I really am
Q. If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask?
A. What do you have to contribute to other people, and what will you allow them to contribute to you?
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