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Ken Done:  "Put Creativity on a Schedule."


Sydney, Australia. Meet Ken Done. He has become one of Australia's most-beloved and respected artists with his own world-class following. We all struggle to master our talents and apply these talents in a meaningful way. That's life. And, that is how the best among us also define our work.

Meet a man who spent eighteen years mastering his craft and learning business skills. Then, he broke away to go down his own path.  Almost unwittingly he started a business through which he learned how to leverage his art in creative ways.

This business is a family businesses.

You meet Ken Done and his wife, Judy, and their daughter and son. Ken was never a starving artist yet he certainly paid his dues and now he has over  150 working within this family enterprise to make art affordable, sometimes wearable and  even whimsical.

Today you meet an artist who like so many others follows his own heart. Often there is a price to pay  among the art community's elite.  In the earlier days they were not gentle on this man and his work. But Ken Done stood firm within his vision, he persevered, and today even his critics are giving him his due.

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What might happen if every week -- then every day -- there were television shows that took us inside those good businesses to meet the people and to understand what drives them?

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Start a Business
1. ...Become a local icon
2. ...Find a deep spiritual connection to work
3. ...Make marketing personal (All the Key Ideas)

For more, go to the homepage of this episode and meet Marc Katz of Katz's Deli, Austin, Texas.

Key Question: How do I start a business?"


Grow a Business
4. ...Be mission-driven! Have a cause for good.
5. ...Communicate more with customers
6. ...Create Work that Isn't Work (All the Key Ideas)

For more, go to the homepage of this episode and meet Donna Baase of Cowgirl Enterprises, Boulder, Colorado.

Key Question: What is a path for growth?


Buy a Business
7. ...Acquire your competition!
8. ...Dream impossible dreams
9. ...Customize for Key Customers (All the Key Ideas)

For more, go to the homepage of this episode and meet the Souto brothers of Rowland Coffee Roasters, Miami

Key Question: Can my business be my legacy?


Sell a Business
10. ...Sell part of your business to employees.
11. ...Do a Business Valuation
12. ...Teach Ownership (Go to All the Key Ideas)

For more, go to the homepage of this episode; meet Ray Smilor and four business owners who use the ESOP effectively.

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?

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