Lewis Burns is an artist, musician, teacher, philanthropist, and I'm sure he wears many additional hats, but I do not know him personally. We just connected recently on LinkedIn.
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From his LinkedIn profile, it states,
"Lewis Burns is a Talbragar-Wiradjuri man born in Dubbo, NSW. He has been learning about his Aboriginal culture for as long as he can remember. He continues to practice and respect these life skills each day and still learns and grows from this ancient knowledge.
Lewis' love of his heritage is evident when you speak with him, and depicted even more in his Aboriginal crafts, traditional dancing, didgeridoo performances, mural paintings and teaching. He is very dedicated to sharing what he knows with others to help keep these customs alive. Lewis paints in traditional Aboriginal and contemporary styles.
He has exhibited and performed both within Australia and overseas with his handcrafted didgeridoos. Each piece of Lewis' artwork tells a story…..a story that will live on forever through the generations, as the artwork is handed down from one family to another"
So what can we learn about being an entrepreneur from him?
- Be honest – Be proud of who you are, where you have come from, and be true to yourself. Lewis Burns exudes his heritage in everything he does.
- Be original – Lewis Burns certainly has this covered. He has an abundance of originality. His art shows a careful study and beautiful reflection of his obvious love of animals, and the natural environment. In this age of copy-cat Internet marketing and hype, Lewis truly stands out.
- Be ubiqitous. Lewis is everywhere. He is on LinkedIn. He has a Facebook page for his business, Red Earth Gallery. He is on Twitter, and Instagram. I invited him to MarketHive, (a new social network for entrepreneurs, membership by invitation only), and he joined right away.
- Be conscientious – Be a philanthropist as much as you can. Give of your time and talents to less fortunate and disadvantaged groups. Lewis shows boys at a local juvenile detention center how to make and play didgeridoos.
- Be a teacher – whatever your special talent and skill, learn to teach it to others to pass on your knowledge. In Lewis case, I think wherever he is, and whatever he does, he is teaching his love of his culture, his heritage, and his love of all things.
So, my suggestion for all new or experienced entrepreneurs is to purchase a didgeridoo from Lewis Burns, (they are extraordinarily beautiful), and one of his online courses on how to play it. Then try to emulate him in everything you do, from your daily marketing, to your respect for your fellow man, and nature, and the divine in all things.
You will be a better person, and a better entrepreneur for it, and this world will also be a better place in which to live.
Note: See more on Lewis Burns on the social networks, and his website at:
English: Various types of Didgeridoo. Top: A traditionally crafted and decorated didgeridoo. Middle: A bamboo souvenir didgeridoo. Bottom: An undecorated traditionally crafted didgeridoo. Photo taken by myself in July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A demonstration of Australian musical instrument 'didgeridoo' during 'December Night' celebration at Balboa Park in San Diego, California in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)