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Wanting to “Just Quit” J-O-B-S

I happened to catch a documentary on PBS last week called Set For Life by Tree of Life Productions.   It was about folks in middle age devastated by this last economic recession. As I watched I thought there could be a documentary/a play/something artsy of sorts about folks worldwide who are miserable in made-up j-o-b-s they want to “Just Quit”. Something tells me this journalist might be able to help me or know someone who will find useful the 9,500 stories from 126 countries I have been curating for the past four years. I keep this blog going because…

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New Business? Trust Yourself.

Shout out to the entrepreneurs.  Bigger what’s up to those doing it while working full-time. What a fabulous learning experience this is. Learning about wearing all the hats from sweeping the floor to paying the bills. Learning about realizing at the end of the day; it’s all me. All I think about is that my father built a successful business and had a full-time job, 6 kids, a 1 acre farm to tend to, and a wife who was sick all the time.  I think about that and it baffles my mind.  It’s deep.  It motivates me. Learning that your vision only…

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Running A Brick and Mortar Business

Learning How can this be anything but a learning opportunity, if you’ve never done it before?  What I’ve learned: Turning the OPEN” sign on means absolutely nothing.  If it’s not Wal-Mart or a good restaurant, there aren’t going to be people waiting to come in. As the owner you have to focus early on…figure out the mission…stay focused on the vision.  If products and services don’t line up with the mission and vision don’t do it just to be doing something.  My vision is to create a space like a “barbershop” for creatives.  A place for the community to come,…

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Church Easter Sunday

Not much has changed in Baptist churches since the last time I went in 2011. People still want to shout and sing and feel grounded in the midst of the daily struggle. It was interesting looking at everyone dressed-up in new clothes. Looking good. Feeling good. It was interesting. That made me happy to see that. As I watched the person singing the song and people clapping at the end I wondered why this was considered worship.  I could see how the lady singing was worshipping, but not the people sitting in the pew listening and then clapping.  It was more…

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Just Quit = Letting Go

To JUST QUIT is Not the Same as Giving Up.   It is Letting Go of What is Not Working. Letting Go is the Opposite of Holding On Below is a practical example of the difference between holding on and letting go: Look around and find something that is near to you and pick it up. Hold on to it REALLY TIGHT.  How does that feel? How do you feel holding on really tightly to whatever you picked up? Are you in any discomfort? Is there stress on your hand, or on your arm? Do you feel the tension? I know it hurts…so now…Let Go of It. How did…

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The Richardson’s Is Open For Business

No one could have told me what is was like to open a real business.  What it would take to open the door.  What it was like to have a soft opening. No one could have told me. I have started many “businesses” but never one with a building.  This is different.  It’s real. Maybe someone reading this might have started a business before but not with a building to open. When you do open a business that doesn’t have a building attached one of the first things you do is design and order business cards.  Let me say my…

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Don’t Believe The Hype…

  See the above sign…I was told that I couldn’t get the letters off of it and even if I did get the letters off that it would then be hard to get the adhesive off and that the letters were probably so baked on it wasn’t worth the effort. If you have a wooden sign with stick-on letters…don’t believe the hype.  Now it took me some research to figure it out, but figure it out I did.  It also took HOURS to get the letters, the adhesive and the imprint off, but it’s gone and ready for a new…