If you quake at the thought of going out on your own and setting up shop, here are some fearbashers that can reroute you back to the road to success.
* Do temporary work. March into a temporary help agency and get signed up for a short term project. When you get an assignment, don’t think of this primarily as a way to earn money. Use this project to do some homework.
No matter what business you are sent to work in, observe what goes on in a detached and analytical manner.
I’m willing to guess that you’ll quickly discover that all […] Continue Reading…
As you may or may not know, Las Vegas was particularly hard hit during the economic downturn. Consequently, the local news featured at least one Job Fair being held in the city every week.
Long lines of folks showed up for the slim chance of procuring one of the few job openings. It was all rather glum.
During one such news story, a question popped into my head. “Why isn’t anyone talking about alternatives to getting a job?” I was talking about that, of course, but I couldn’t just ramble down Las Vegas Blvd. sharing that option.
Then the idea of creating […] Continue Reading…
Maybe I’m alone in this, but lately I’ve been fretting about trust fund babies. I mean who is less equipped to deal with economic upheaval? While their wealthy parents were showering them with things, they took away the really valuable stuff such as personal initiative and innovative thinking.
That’s not true for everyone who inherits enormous wealth—particularly if you’re the offspring of Warren Buffett—but there are plenty of examples of squandered lives.
During the height of the Human Potential Movement, a program was started in San Francisco to deal with the issues of guilt experienced by trust fund recipients.
Nobody really talks […] Continue Reading…
There’s a character in Nick Hornby’s delightful novel High Fidelity who constantly challenges his friends to create on-the-spot Top Five Lists. “Name your top five Dustin Hoffman movies,” he demands.
The story is peppered with Top Five Lists covering all sorts of pop culture topics. It’s not a bad exercise.
When I began experimenting with ideas about setting goals, I started breaking down my yearlong aims into 90-Day Projects. For me, the number five was also operating.
For instance, one of my writing goals was to sell five magazine articles every 90 days. It’s an easy number to work with and I […] Continue Reading…
This post comes from Judy Heminsley, founder of Work From Home Wisdom.
One of the greatest joys of becoming self-employed and working from home is your ability to work when and where you want. I’m sure anyone who’s spent any time in the traditional workplace has been through the agonies of trying to look busy in office hours, not because you’re work-shy, but one of the greatest joys of becoming self-employed and working from home is your ability to work when and where you want. I’m sure anyone who’s spent any time in the traditional workplace has been through the […] Continue Reading…
According to Wikipedia, singer Josh Groban has sold nearly 20 million albums in his short career. One evening he told his Twitter followers that he’d just finished a two hour voice lesson and “think it’s time to turn pro.”
So why would a rich and famous performer keep taking lessons? More to the point, why would a would-be entrepreneur or freelancer or traveler not be investing in their dreams?
It’s that second question that keeps me awake nights.
Brazen Careerist Penelope Trunk had a particularly interesting piece about that called Frugality is a Career Tool.
She wrote “I have earned a lot of […] Continue Reading…
On the day that Bill Gates announced that he was beginning a transition from the day to day operation of Microsoft in order to spend more time working with his Foundation, I spent the morning listening to Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry’s fame, talking about Social Responsibility and Radical Business.
Philanthropic entrepreneurs are nothing new, of course. Early industrialist Andrew Carnegie spent the first half of his life building a fortune and the second half giving it away. As a result, thousands of cities and small towns across America were the recipients of a public library.
Celebrities, too, have done […] Continue Reading…
It appears that I have fallen in love with the mandolin. This was no overnight love affair, however. It kind of sneaked up on me.
As a longtime fan of the music of Antonio Vivaldi, I had heard my share of mandolins and associated the instrument with music from the past.
That all began to change when I attended a performance of Prairie Home Companion and heard the amazing Peter Ostroushko play. Nevertheless, I wasn’t ready to commit.
Then it happened. A few years later on the weekly broadcast of PHC, Ostroushko performed the most glorious piece, something he’d written to celebrate […] Continue Reading…
Like millions of people, I tuned in for the Beatles Tribute on CBS. It was a lovely evening, but it wasn’t anything like my evening attending a Paul McCartney concert several years ago. It was magical from beginning to end.
You probably have memories like that, too, when you found yourself in the same room with someone you’d admired from afar. That is not an experience that can be duplicated by technology.
As much as I appreciate the gifts of technology, I often wonder if we’re forgetting how powerful it is to have real contact.
Back in the nineties, the independent adult […] Continue Reading…
You’ve probably seen an article—or even a book—about starting a business that begins, “Not everyone can be an entrepreneur.” That cautionary warning always annoys and mystifies me.
Why, I wonder, would anyone write a how-to piece and begin by scaring away the reader?
Over the years, interviewers have frequently asked me if anyone can be an entrepreneur. My answer was and is, “Yes, I believe anyone can be self-employed, but I don’t believe everyone will make that choice.”
At the same time, I’ve been keeping track of some of the groups of people who have successfully started a business. As you can […] Continue Reading…