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Key Idea: Find An Energizing Place

The business owners in the rest of this episode all live and work in a high-rise condominium building in downtown San Diego.  This is the set of Small Business School which is created by film makers inside Bruce and Hattie's home in the high-rise.

Key Question:


Surround yourself with beauty and brains. 

  What is an energizing place?

A:  With the Internet things are so different. In 1995 an energizing place might be a college town or Silicon Valley where the environment is teeming with young people and research. Now we all have every university, every museum and virtually every thought leader in the world on our desktop. This means we don't have to seek the intellectual stimulus from a physical place.

Bruce and Ron spoke about San Diego as their choice because of the beauty and the weather. Bruce is from Boston and Ron is from Kansas. Both are happy to be in a place where they don't have to deal with harsh winters or hot, steamy summers. Bud is a native of California who spent over two decades living in the center of the world, New York City. Even though Bud's California roots are Berkeley, he essentially has come home and finds it nurturing. Everyone knows that beauty, fresh air and blue skies are energizing. San Diego has it all.

All of these successful business owners told us they love being in a building where the yard work is done for them. There is a swimming pool and they don't have to clean it. There is valet parking, workout facilities, party rooms and guests suites so that visitors can have their own space. There's no need to drive a car to get things accomplished. The Post Office, office supply store, CPAs, lawyers and notaries are all within a few blocks. Then when not working, all can walk to the grocery store, 30 movie screens, 100 restaurants and the harbor to enjoy watching tall ships and pleasure boats. By living in a high-rise, home owners share the expense of taking care of the public spaces. This frees the owners from most of the headaches of home ownership. This gives these business owners more time for their work which is what they love to do.

Q:  Other than amenities, what else can be energizing about a place?

A: The people! When you understand what the people around you are doing or have done, it is inspiring.

Think about it

What would an energizing place look like for you? Do you already have it? What changes could you make to your present environment to make it more stimulating? Should you look for a better place from which to work?

Clip from: Home Alone - 17+ Million Sole Proprietors (USA)

In search of an endless summer

Bend, Dallas, San Diego and Santa Fe: In this episode of the show, we take a look at nine people who work and live within the same physical space. It has its own special challenges. 

We seem to be making the circle, back to a pre-industrial lifestyle, but with knowledge tools -- the integration of broadcasting, information (technology), communications, education and publishing -- that challenge us to look deep within ourselves to craft and sculpt our unique gifts to give back to the world.

There are about 17 million sole proprietors in just the USA; they are all unique and most have returned home to work.

We all must prepare today for the invevitable tomorrows.

Small Business Owners Everywhere in the world, We all will exit our business someday.

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Find An Energizing Place

HATTIE: There he is.

RON: Welcome Hattie.

HATTIE: Hey Ron. (Voiceover) To learn more about companies operating from homes today, we decided not to look all over the country, but to look at the end of our own hallway and behind our own door. (On the production set) Hey Bruce, can you pay Doris, please.

Yes. It's true, we create this television series, its supporting website and a new business offering CPA's continuing professional education from our home. Bruce Camber, my husband, is the founder and executive producer of Small Business School. He is having fun.

BRUCE CAMBER: Here we are in one of my favorite spots in the building. Just love it. Love to come up here to the helipad.

HATTIE: The roof.

BRUCE: And look out, we're five minutes from our cherished airport. We're ten minutes from the Del Coronado. We're 20 minutes from Tijuana. We have the playground of the mountains and we have all the resources of this fabulous city. What is there not to love.

HATTIE: You forgot to mention the Pacific Ocean. (Voiceover) From a high-rise condominium in downtown San Diego, people are running businesses. And this is just one of the thousands of places like this in every city and soon we believe in every town in America. Do you think you'll ever go back to a place where you have to get in the car and drive to an office.

BUD CRYSTAL: Oh no, why. I wouldn't want to.

HATTIE: (Voiceover) Our neighbor, Bud Crystal is the global expert on CEO compensation.

BUD: And you're right, zero commute. I mean it's five seconds to the office, except if my wife's in the way you've got to shove her, it's seven seconds then. (Big smile.) Then you have arguments, she gets mad for 30 minutes, you don't count that.

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