The more people who own little businesses of their own,
the safer our country will be for the people who
have a stake in their country and their community
are its' best citizens.
~ John Hancock
Even after all these years, I often marvel that I managed to become self-employed. Besides the lack of encouragement I had starting out, I scarcely knew anyone who worked for themselves.
The existing information on starting a business wasn't much help, either. Apparently, according to the experts, starting a business involved hiring employees, setting up pension plans, aspiring to build a huge operation. Years later, the "Go Big or Go Home" troops came in,insinuating that anything less was not worthy of consideration.
I wanted to be free of dysfunctional organizations, not create another one. but I needed help figuring things out. After floundering for a bit, I thought I had found the answer.
As it happened, Success Rallies were popping up all over the place and for the price of a ticket and a few hours' time, I could join several thousand other success seekers in a large auditorium and be motivated to greatness.
After attending a couple of these high energy events, I decided that I was not interested in personal growth as a spectator sport. While many of the speakers were well-intentioned (and well-paid), their impact was minimal.
So I quietly set about to find my own way and, I hoped, a better way. I discovered small scale enterprise was a perfect fit for me. A few years later, I was astonished and delighted to learn I wasn't the only one who felt that way. E.F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful, was the first book I'd seen that was a thoughtful exploration on the benefits of small scale enterprise.
Increasingly, more people are reaching the same conclusion about size. As Seth Godin says, "Big companies are big companies because they're very good at doing yesterday's business."
The difference between a big business and a small one, it seems to me, is the difference between a dinosaur and jaguar. Small can be fast, agile, and connected.
That agility extends to events as well.
There won't be 3,000 people at a Joyfully Jobless Weekend or a Mastermind Magic group. There will, however, be time to connect, explore and get your questions answered. Best of all, you'll have the opportunity to share time and ideas with others who think that small is still beautiful.
I leave it up to you to explore further and decide if joining me on a small excursion is a wise investment of your time and money. Click on the links below to investigate.
Here's what's on the horizon for the Joyfully Jobless Weekend:
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC
June 28 & 29
July 19 & 20
August 16 & 17
Joyfully Jobless Weekend
And the next Mastermind Magic