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Key Idea: Quit Your Job

If things aren't ducky at work, maybe it's time to seek your bliss in a different pond.

Key Question:


Find a product or service that people will buy from you, surround yourself with a few mentors, land some customers and then quit  your job.

Q:  Why did Andy quit his job?

A: Because it was boring and too small for him.  Remember that big companies thrive and prosper on the systems they put in place to serve their markets efficiently. They don't want the messy activity that surrounds inventing a whole new way of doing things. Big companies want to keep doing what they do best and when they see a new idea working, they buy it -- lock, stock and barrel.

To work on a new idea, unfettered by protocol, is what every entrepreneur needs so we have to leave the comfort of the paycheck.

Think about it

What's your next new thing?

Clip from: Boston Duck Tours: The Money is Out There

Boston: Meet Andy Wilson, founder of Boston Duck Tours. A Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year, he turned three passions into a single business – his love of Boston, his respect for early American history, and the Charles River.

First, he wants us all to know the history of this country's early struggles for religious toleration, freedom, equality, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Learn how such passion moved him to quit his job and raise over $1M to launch this dream -- an 80-minute, historically-narrated tour from an authentic World War II amphibious landing craft.

Take the tour now as we wander the narrow streets of Boston and splash down onto the Charles River for the grande tour Boston.

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Boston Duck Tours

Cindy Brown, CEO (Andy Wilson, founder)

3 Copely Place
Suite 310
Boston, MA 02116

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Office: 6172673825

Business Classification:
Entertainment / education

Year Founded: 1994

Quit Your Job

ANDY: Well, I was, you know, in a suit and tie, working in corporate America, and was in the back room office of investment banking, doing all accounting for "Commingle Investments," and making a lot of money for the company. And I just woke up one day after working seven years, and I said, `Something's wrong here. This isn't what life is all about.'

So I went out and for 300 bucks bought a 90-day Greyhound pass and took my own bus trip. And along the way, I wanted to go see an aunt who I did not--had not seen in 18 years and she lived in Tennessee, and I stopped off in Memphis to see Graceland. And I pulled into the bus stop at 5:30 in the morning, stumbled across the street, checked into a hotel to get some shuteye, and I woke up about three hours later, opened the drapes and I looked down, and there was this duck that was one of these.

There was this little rinky-dink duck business in Memphis. I didn't know they existed, so I took the duck tour.

(a stream of consciousnes) I finished the rest of my trip -- went on and saw Graceland and saw my aunt and so on. I was home for less than a half an hour, saw 10 trolleys in that first half an hour. . . home in Boston. 10 trolleys packed with people. Living on a boat. I used to take my friends up the Charles to see the views when they'd visit, and they'd rant and rave about this experience years later ... HATTIE: They loved it from the boat best.

ANDY: Yes, and all of a sudden it just hit me. I said, `This will work in Boston.'

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