An Interview by Deborah DeBord, Ph.D., is the proprietor of Expression, a creative Entrepreneur retreat in Colorado & Jim Collins, Author of several “best-selling” Entrepreneur books (Good to Great, Built to Last, Great by Choice) from the Enablelink.org website 05/13 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
Let’s listen in to the Entrepreneurship Discussion between Deborah & Jim . . .
“It’s time to expand, to be my own boss, to have my successes & failures be my own. Maybe start a business. I can do just about anything!” Her voice lifted, ending in a crescendo with arms pointed upward in an “I-am-woman” victory “V”.
“What kind of a business?” Jim.
“Well, I’m good at wearing a lot of hats and enjoy the challenge of making things happen.”
“That’s true,” he draws the two words out while contemplating what might come next.
“I am a good writer, a talented teacher & an excellent cook. And I can sing & dance & text – all at the same time!”
Jim struggled to hang on, but the excitement was contagious. “And don’t forget your travels and your passion for telling other people what to do — er, telling them good stories.”
“Mmm, how to turn all this into a living?” Deborah was coming back to earth.
Even though the ideas waffled about, the seeds of a dream were germinating.
“Then do it,” Jim offered triumphantly, having no idea what “it” might be.
Deborah thought later: “I see the pattern. What began as an ordinary fireside conversation over a glass of wine turned into a grand adventure”. Like all good adventurers, she started with good maps, good outfitters, good equipment & the high hopes for a good time.
From many conversations with successful small-business owners & much reading, Deborah has identified a pattern of personality traits and decision-making processes. “Even though most of the folks I met have vision disabilities, Deborah said, “people of all abilities will identify their own traits & benefit from the various questions to consider”:
Deborah: “Oh, yes, the end of the Story? I live high in the Rockies; In a forest. On a creek. In addition to writing freelance articles & publishing books, I serve as a guide to creative expression at our retreat for writers, artists, entrepreneurs & international travellers. I craft my own schedule of projects, work really hard, and absolutely love it.
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(Some of Deborah’s advice follows on: Finding your Passion, the Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur, Serving the Community in Premium Content)