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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

60/60:  A Proposed Beginning for GPS-based Cities
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
Websites constantly evolve. This one started in December 1994
and it evolves daily.

Co-sign this letter to President Barak Obama
Encourage the unemployed to start a business

Hugh McColl, Jr., former Chairman of Bank of America
on "60 Minutes" says there is nothing good about being small.

New York Times Launches Small Business Video
based entirely on the Small Business School episodes

Storytelling & Metaphor from Bruce Camber
To Anne Douglas, On the Edge, Aberdeen, Scotland

Favorite letters throughout the years:

On spending hours on this website!
Joanna Reed, Reed's Marine, Lake Chelan, Washington

About leadership.  Do you have what it takes?

Meet Keith Grint and many owners.  Letter from Alan Preston.

Our open letters... reflections on these days

"Dear Mom"  Thoughts on Mother's Day   The Family Apron

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.



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,


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