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This period I refer to in my life on all my various business fronts was a joy for me. Through the medium of the oil painting business I had come to realise that I was indeed so very fortunate for life to be so, and that in fact for many around me life just simply was a kind of a drag. From the many comments I received as a result of driving three different Rolls Royce motor cars, each one depending on my mood, or in fact the weather. The actuality that I had other cars for when I would care to go somewhere unrecognised to me the simple fact that my home was so large that I required a staff of mechanics, gardeners and cleaners. All of this at the time was quite simply normal to me because I had grown into this happy style of life because of self-employment, since I was 22 years old, having picked up the secrets of success through personal motivation.

With the newly formed company Reginald Gee Senior Limited I decided that I would show others how to embrace self employment for themselves. Either as a part time venture, or a full time operation, with of course the possibility of a slow start moving up the ladders as it were similar to myself to answer the kind of thoughts, desires and dreams that all these people constantly made me aware of with their comments regarding my standard of living.

Son Richard Edward sits on the car I bought when I was 22 years of age. The best money I ever spent. The number I paid 115 for and the whole family laughed at me. The number on the car in the foreground I simply put my name on before it was issued in Peterborough and was laughed at by even more people still.

My first venture with the new company Reginald Gee Senior Limited was to write a book entitled “Antiques for Japan”. The reason for this was that so very many people that I knew commented upon their envy of the number of times I climbed aboard an aircraft to literally fly half way round the world. The situation at the time was that Japan had joined the nouveau-riche and their motor vehicles, cameras, TVs and more were circling the world. This was the very early 1980s and as the Japanese public became wealthier, the demand for recovering their own antiques from the rest of the world was quite staggering. My involvement with the oil painting business, which had taken me to the Far East on many occasions, had highlighted the Japanese appetite for their artworks and antique items. On top of which because moving around this area of the globe was so easy I quite naturally came in touch with others conducting this business. With all of this in mind I decided to write the publication and aim it towards British antique dealers, many of which had by now come to join other of my observers commenting on how well I was doing financially and business wise. I quite literally wrote the book, filled it with location maps of four major cities sighting the locations of the Japanese buying trade, made comments in each entry as to the type of goods, hours of business, telephone numbers, etc. I mean I quite literally wrote out on a plate as it were the whole business worth millions of pounds, if enough people were doing it. Then offered the book by way of various advertisements in major newspapers to the British antiques trade, many of who had told me how slow trade was for them at the time. Once more as in the days of the oil painting business with the free seminar, I was going to get a shock. The British antique dealers who had few customers in their shops and were not doing very much business quite literally said that they could not leave their shops for any period. I was left surrounded by imaginary question marks, once again baffled by how difficult it is to give anyone a really good opportunity when they are so negatively charged in the first place. Just the same as the oil painting business, where early agents would not come to a free seminar, but would pay and then attend an expensive seminar. I was later to find out that I once again I had a similar problem in the world of business opportunities.

My various businesses progressed and the slow start for Reginald Gee Senior Limited was not any form of worry to me. As a result of many things going forward on other fronts I was happily contacted by a Mr Donald Moore who at the time produced one of Britain's leading self employed magazines of the day “The Entrepreneur”. In only a few weeks this lovely man became a regular visitor to my home staying over as a houseguest on many occasions. His main provocation for doing so was to interview me for a wide series of articles ranging through several months issues of his magazine. As I had never met anyone previously who had worked on the inside, as it were of the business opportunities market, Donald opened my eyes to many things that I had not previously considered. He went to great lengths to educate me upon the aspect contained within this incredible field that is widely abused and full of dreadful catchpenny schemes making it a veritable minefield for the unwary.

 

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