“When Nick first asked me to write something for his book I was terrified.
I imagined endless, dry pages detailing accountancy procedures or, alternatively, some sort of aggressive American-style financial self help bible bullying the reader into shouting positive slogans at themselves in the mirror every morning.
I worried that my world – music – was so far removed from his that I couldn’t possibly comment on something that was obviously beyond my sphere of expertise. Well, that’s why we have financial advisors, right?
The inevitable truth, though, was that this book was a far more engaging and thoughtful read than I anticipated.
Instead of being some pumped-up manual for success, I found it surprisingly reflective and philosophical. Yes, he draws many parallels with his experiences in the Navy, but they never come across as bullish. The anecdotes, rather than being simple war stories, seem more like parables and tend to invite interesting debates about the nature of risk.
I particularly enjoyed Nick’s reflections on the purpose of failure, something with which I have become increasingly fascinated as I look back at my own career arc.
As a financial consultant, Nick provides wise guidance and a sense of protection—and, fittingly, this book resonates with a similar kind of aegis and ultimately reveals itself to be quietly and unexpectedly inspirational.” – Brett Anderson, Jan 2021