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  • 29 Things to Love About Being Joyfully Jobless™ Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit.
    Jobs are not big enough for people.
    ~ Nora Watson
    When Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways,” she wasn’t talking about her life as a poet, but  I’m borrowing that idea anyway.  My list isn’t nearly as poetic ...
  • Investing Creative Capital In the absence of capital, creativity flourishes.
    Robert Stephens, Founder The Geek Squad
    Lately, we haven’t seen much of Juan Valdez, the fictional iconic Colombian coffee grower featured in television ads, but that’s about to change. The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Columbia are about to spend $75 million on a new ad campaign. In addition, ...
  • A Field Guide to Genus Entrepreneurus Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
    Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
    ~ Jane Howard
    One of the major obstacles to successful self-employment is not having a circle of entrepreneurial friends. When I point that out in Making a Living Without a Job ...
  • Leave It Better Than You Found It All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good,
    too, then doing well will never be enough.
    ~ Anna Quindlen
    The most passionate environmentalist I’ve ever known was Chris Utterback. To her, all offenses were equally serious whether it was defiling a public space with graffiti or chopping down a rain forest. She ...
  • Don’t Go There If money is your only hope for independence,
    you will never have it.
    ~ Henry Ford
    There was no shortage of candidates for the Most Annoying Person Award that I was mentally planning to bestow. At the top of the short list was Billy Mays, the guy who screams at us in tv ads to buy wrenches, foot ...
  • Another Barrier Down Somewhere someone is looking for
    exactly what you have to offer.
    ~ Louise Hay
    For thousands of years, anyone running a business was at the mercy of geography. If you lived near a river or the ocean, you had opportunities not available to your landlocked neighbors. Being an entrepreneur usually meant plunking yourself down in a convenient spot ...
  • Who Me? Take a Sabbatical? When funnyman Steve Martin’s book Pure Drivel came out it enjoyed critical raves and enthusiastic sales. Although the author has long been recognized for his fertile comic mind, he told the Today Show’s Matt Lauer that the book would not have happened if he hadn’t taken time off. His sabbatical unleashed, Martin said, an avalanche ...
  • A Change of Scenery The world is like a book. He who stays
    home reads only one page.
    ~ St. Augustine
    The place that Amy calls World Headquarters is a townhouse filled with beautiful objects gathered on her many travels. Her business was intentionally designed to include plenty of opportunities to feed her wanderlust and her friends and business associates consider her ...
  • Making Your Business Visible British entrepreneur extraordinaire, Richard Branson, has long been noticed for his willingness to do outrageous things in order to promote his empire.  The irrepressible Branson, who reminds me of a naughty gnome, explains his frequent media appearances by saying, “Everyday television and newspapers need visually interesting stories to feature. We just try to help them ...