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"I wouldn't do it again...  it's so hard"

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San Diego: What are the most commonly used languages in the USA? Answer: English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, French, German, then ASL. Yes, ASL. American Sign Language.

No less than 500,000 and as many as 2.5 million people use ASL every day. In this episode of the show language is subtlety transformed into hand, finger, body and facial combinations.

Take away any one of the senses and deep-seated creative power within the human mind is enlivened and focused interiority awakens. With today's micro-technologies, the deaf and blind are teaching us all about subtleties within language and our skills to communicate it. Here we meet extraordinary people in the midst of a revolution.

Joe Dannis is an advocate for American Sign Language. The Small Business Person of the Year from the State of California, Joe Dannis started DawnSignPress in 1979. He has always been out on the edge... being the first to advocate something new. Joe and his team publish materials to teach sign language for the deaf. Although he publishes videos and books for both children and adults, his biggest customers are schools and universities that offer courses in American Sign Language (ASL).

Today you'll meet Joe Dannis. He is one tough businessman, but he remembers nine very lonely years in the beginning. If he had to do it all over again, he probably would not. Learn from someone who has been over the hot coals and whose wisdom runs deep.

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What drives us to get up in the morning and overcome adversities?

Is it a vision, a calling, an idea or concept?  Was it a dream?   Why do we march into the day with energy and vision to do something to make this world a better place?

If we can all capture the essence of that drive and energy, that tenacity and courage, what a different place this world would be.

Meet some of the people who've captured that essenceMore...


The Key Ideas of these leaders might help us all...

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Start a Business

Homepage. Meet Bob Sakata from Japan and now in Brighton, Colorado. He is one of the finest farmers in the USA.  He's overcome great obstacles throughout his life:
» Make a perfect product even when we're imperfect
» Control the supply chain
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Key Question: How do I start a business?

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Homepage: Meet Bill Malleris.  He is a  developer in Naperville, Illinois.  When he is not building, he's an advocate for barrier-free construction:
» Volunteer to learn
» Hire the disabled
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Key Question: What is a path for growth?

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Buy a Business
Homepage. Meet Vicky Carlson; she started as a receptionist. She got her foot in the door, then learned every part of the business. She was an employee . Then, she creatively worked out terms to buy an Office Pavilion franchise in San Diego.
» Be a tough negotiator
» Participate in a powerful group
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Key Question: Can my business be my legacy?

Sell a Business
Homepage: Meet the Ahmad Chebbani of Persia (Iran) and now Portland, Oregon. He founded Ziba Design and is revolutionizing the world.
» Hire people who will challenge you!
» Turn employees into owners
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Learn eight possible ways to exit your business!

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?

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