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                        Index of a few letters by topic and author

                          Topic             Focus / Author             Episode

                        Critics                Internet / Gloria              Internet Basics
                                                  Mo's / Joseph                  Mo's

                        Education          College / Thomson           Favorites #1 & #2
                                                  HS / Coyman                   Related episode
                                                  HS / Bonetti                     Chocolate Crickets
                                                  Learn from All           

                        Help!                 Internet / Bernadette    Staying Power

                        Indexes             Index of Learning Companies

                        Key Ideas          Cash Flow / Gardiner       Many
                                                  Compensation                  Many
                                                  Financials / Stickney         Related episode
                                                  Incubators / Shamiso
                                                  Podcasts / Gardiner
                                                  Retirement / Anderson
                                                  Services  (Professsional)   Many
                                                  Advertising, Architecture, Animation, Design
                                                  SWOT Analysis / Anderson           

                        Paths & Steps   An Idea / Jason
                                                 Start Up / Cope

                        Producers         We are all Producers

                        Thanks              From Cliff Prescott, Fat Towels


                        Our letters to you

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                        Also, referred to as Priceless-Cheap Real Estate.  This letter might be considered the simple beginning of a  Billion-Dollar Idea.

                        Architecture of the future website
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                        on "60 Minutes" says there is nothing good about being small.

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                        based entirely on the Small Business School episodes

                        Storytelling & Metaphor from Bruce Camber
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                        About leadership.  Do you have what it takes?

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                        From: Ray Anderson
                        Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 8:32 AM
                        To: Bruce Camber
                        Subject: New York Times and more

                        Hi Bruce,

                        I always appreciate your willingness to chat.  

                        I'm so glad that the Small Business School content is getting the audience it deserves.  With the migration of us baby-boomers out of the workforce, your archive could make the difference between small businesses thriving or failing.  

                        Most of the show topics transcend time and space.

                        Thanks.

                        Ray


                        Now, whatever you do, Ray, don't retire! Reinvent yourself!

                        Thursday, May 17, 2007

                        Hi Ray –

                        I’ve been working a little on the AARP to start promoting entrepreneurism among the retirees.  I think retirement is actually antithetical to life.  When you stop creating value, you start wilting, and when you wilt enough, you die.  

                        Most men can’t stand it.  The average among us calls it quits just over two years after retirement.

                        I like Joseph Johnson.  He was 94 when we did his story.  I called every year thereafter just to say hello (and to ask, “Are you hanging in there?”). 

                        At 98 he stopped driving.  At 100, he was at his desk everyday, but handed the reigns over to his nephew.  At 101, he had fallen asleep in his chair.  He finally and graciously had caught up with his two children, a Harvard neurosurgeon at Mass General and the other on the faculty of Columbia School of Journalism (both died a few years before), and with his wife who had died 25 years before.  He grew up at Wiley College in Texas where his mother was a cleaning lady.  He is one of a few whose goal was to give away $1M a year when his gross ranged from $4-8 million.

                        We should all be more like Mr. Johnson.  He, more than any other African - American on the national scene today, is a role model for all people for all time.

                        Another one of our favorite role models is Ebby Halliday.  She grew her business to over $3 billion in annual sales when she gave half of it away to her key employees.  Since that time, she has given the rest of it away and the company has grown close to $7B in gross sales  and she still goes into work everyday at the age of 96!

                        If work is understood be to the creation of value, whether a product or service, then work is good.  In my aging years, I also believe that life itself can be defined by the value we bring into it.  Little value, little return. 

                        Let's do something with the AARP membership and all the folks among us baby-boomers to be sure that we do not jump out of the workforce because of  some archaic notion that "work is bad and retirement is good" when it is obvious that the inverse is true when you are working toward your own goals and visions.

                        Be well, and let's talk about this further,

                        Bruce

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