Opportunity Coalition founder Brian Watson has made many connections to share with audiences during his journey. Assembled is a panel of extraordinary women: Tamra Ward, CEO of Colorado Concern, Debbie Brown, executive director of Colorado Women’s Alliance, Beth Bowlen Wallace, Denver Broncos director of special projects, Watson and Heide Genahl, Camp Bow Wow founder and CU Regent.
Seven isn’t only the number of a popular local NFL quarterback. It’s the favorite and lucky number of entrepreneur Brian Watson, who created his own luck.
The CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners is one of the most positive individuals I’ve ever met. He senses opportunity, seeks and breathes opportunity and gives opportunity. (Thus, the naming of his nonprofit, Opportunity Coalition, one of his buildings Innovation Pavilion, and his TV show Mountains of Opportunity.)
A resident of Greenwood Village, this gentleman has a schedule that rockets him around the state, the country and the globe. He is a successful businessman and philanthropist who never tires of listening, learning, sharing and questioning. He says he was trained to ask questions. He absorbs every word, quickly interprets it and retains it.
In addition, Watson is thoughtful and generous with his time, talent and treasure. His mantra is doing well by doing good. With so much going on in his career and family, how could he possibly have time to write a book? In a sit-down interview, he answered that question and several more.
Brian Watson’s The 7 Rings: A Journey to a Balanced Life of Peace, Passion and Purpose is an inspired field guide that combines business and leadership acumen with the inspiration and passionate motivation of a friend. Courtesy photo
What compelled you to write the book?
Here’s the underbelly of what it’s like to be a business person. It’s part of the human story. We have more in common than differences. I am tired of politicians separating us. I ache inside over the window dressings of life. I wanted to positively impact people. Receiving just one letter confirming that is worth it. I thought about each chapter and prayed over it. I love people! Through ultimate vulnerability comes peace and better prioritization of life. It’s an autobiography of encouragement, what to emulate, what to avoid. What I’m trying to do for others is give them empowerment.”
[Each chapter ends with work sheets or questions for reflection.]
Why 7 Rings?
It’s my favorite and lucky number.
[The Seven Rings are: Divine Desire, Joined at the Heart, Love is Thicker than Blood, Community Centered, For the Love of Country, Your Place in the World and the Gift of Work. Connecting the Seven Rings is the Gift of Leadership. Sprinkled throughout are powerful, famous quotes, and the last chapter is devoted to Championship Rings: Heroes, Mentors and Leaders.]
How long did it take and when did you write?
It took eight months. I had an editor for a few months, but I found time in the early morning, late at night, on planes and in the library.
Was it self-published and where can it be purchased?
Yes, and much of the proceeds will go to charities through the Brian Watson Foundation. It is available on Amazon.com and an audio version was just recorded for Kindle. My voice cracked and I had tears.
Brian Watson with Jamie Van Leeuwen, Ph.D., Global Livingston Institute founder and senior adviser to Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
What has been the feedback?
All reviews have been five-star rated and I’ve made appearances and had interviews. Testimonials are posted at Brian.Watson.us.
[He signs the book for charity events.]
Is another book in the works?
I enjoyed the process. The vision depends on where life leads.
Do you have future aspirations?
I have a desire to serve someday.
If you could describe your life in one word, what would it be?
No one has ever asked me that question. I’d have to say … blessed!
Brian Watson’s philanthropic endeavors even caught the attention of Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, who visited him in Colorado.
Taylor, Brian Watson’s singer/songwriter daughtera, performs. Watson and wife Patricia also have two sons, Cole and Chase. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Entrepreneur and author Brian Watson. Courtesy photo
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