About

Hey, glad you showed up!

Originally this blog was intended to discuss:

Business – Life – Money

But as it and the readerships here evolved it has become mostly:

Money – Life – Business

Either way almost anything can fit if it captures my imagination and I think you might be interested. We’re just having some fun here.

I hope you choose to participate in the comments.  This place won’t be the same without you!

Me?  Well since you asked…..

I started selling flyswatters door-to-door and picking up empty pop bottles from the side of the road to turn in for the 2-cent deposit.  Hey, gimme a break.  I was eight.

My first real job was as a soda jerk, although I spent most of my time scrubbing out the big metal ice cream cans.  I was 13 and it paid $1.25 per hour.  A fortune!

From there:  Busboy, dishwasher, order-puller, grocery bagger, stock clerk, produce clerk and gas station pump jockey back in the day when someone pumped your gas, washed your windows and checked your oil  for you (ask your grand parents).

Mail clerk, ground man for a tree crew, landscaper, ad agency founder, account executive, ad space salesman, investment officer, entrepreneur, consultant, sales trainer, speaker, writer, radio talk show host, publisher and group publisher.  Pretty much in that order although I’ve done some more than once.  And I may have forgotten one or two.

My work has taken me to most states across the country as well as Canada, Germany and England.  One of my few regrets is that I’ve never had the occasion for an international posting.

But I’ve had the good fortune to see a bit of the planet on my own:  Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Wales, England, Greece, Crete, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Venezuela, Curacao, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Paris, India, Kashmir, Goa, Nepal, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Eleuthera, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Prague.  Pretty much in that order although I’ve visited some more than once.  And I may have forgotten one or two.

I’ve traveled to and around those places by plane, train, bus, subway, taxi, hired car, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, hitch-hiking, foot, horse, donkey and elephant.  Not only traveled by elephant, but herded rhinoceros by elephant back  in Nepal.  I love saying that!

My degree in English Literature is from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  They still send me alumni letters mostly, I think, hoping I’ve become rich and famous.  I’m working on it.

Here’s my favorite cartoon:

The visual is two guys in a corn field.  They are up on racks dressed in shabby clothes.  Straw is coming out from their shirt cuffs and pant legs.

They are serving as scarecrows.  One is looking over at the other and saying…

“English Major.  How about you?”

 Since June 2011, as I write this, I’ve left what will probably be my last full-time job.  So I guess I’m retired.  Maybe.  Sort of.  For now anyway.  Never say never.

For the immediate future I’ll:

  • Be sitting on a couple of corporate boards.  Small, entrepreneurial companies are what interest me.
  • Working on this blog and, perhaps accepting speaking engagements based on the topics covered here.
  • Voice over.  (let me know if you can help me break into this)
  • Long term travel where we can settle into a place for several months at a time.  Zanzibar, where my wife was born and raised, is the first planned.

A pal of mine once said I had won the family lottery.  He is right.

As of June 19th, 2011 Jane and I will have been married for 29 years.  Our daughter Jessica is in college.

This Blog, as with everything I do, is dedicated to them.

Cheers!

Jim

Oh, and one last thing…..

Be sure to read the important Disclaimers regard the content and advertising on this blog.

Addendum: 

For more on me here’s my guest post on Mr. Money Mustache.

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