What did your business experience teach you?

Photo by <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyjcase/3268826914/'>Tony Case</a>

Photo by Tony Case


May 19/29

Lessons learned in business often have as much to do with people as with dollars and sense... and they're lessons that extend beyond the business world.

So what did your business experience teach you about the human experience? Read on to find out what's on the show, or click "Listen" to hear the podcast.


When Andrew Hembroff was a kid, his dreams were filled with dollar signs. So, when Andrew was 19, he cashed in his savings and bought a summer painting franchise... but he soon discovered there are a lot of surprises when you run your own business, especially when it comes to hiring...

So what did you want to be when you grew up? Canadian MoneySaver editor Peter Hodson knew exactly what he wanted to be from the tender age of 11. He dreamed of becoming... an investment analyst. But getting his wish and landing on Bay Street didn't quite add up to the life he wanted. He'll tell us what he learned from working with the rich and greedy.

Clare Lawlor will tell us how a bag of abandoned candy kicked off her life as a sixth-grade entrepreneur... and taught her some important lessons in self-awareness.

Sook-Yin Lee talks with some of her neighbourhood business owners to find out what lessons they've learned from entrepreneurship.

Ten years ago, Birdie Jaworski was a single mom struggling to make ends meet. With few job prospects, the painfully shy Birdie forced herself to become an "Avon Lady." But selling makeup and perfume door-to-door did more than bring in some money... Birdie discovered that getting her foot in the door of other people's homes also helped her open up about her own secrets. We'll talk with the author of Don't Shoot! I'm Just the Avon Lady!

A few years ago, Tod Maffin had an idea.... an idea that ended up being worth millions of dollars. But to turn the great idea into a viable business, he needed help. And he figured he could get by with a little help from his friends... Tod will tell us what happened when he tried to mix friendship and business.

So can you successfully mix business and friendship? Chris Emery and Larry Finnson - who created the gourmet candy Clodhoppers, and are back with a new creation called OMG's - have pulled it off... with a few bumps along the way. They'll tell us the secret to doing business with your buddies. (Below: See how Chris and Larry connected with their latest business partner - Arlene Dickinson of Dragon's Den!)

"Employment Wanted: FORMER MARIJUANA SMUGGLER. Having successfully completed a ten year sentence, incident-free, for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States, I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family." That's how Brian O'Dea's 2001 National Post ad began. Brian figured that he had learned a lot about business through his drug dealing that he could use to land himself a decent job. It turns out he also learned a lot about life. Sook-Yin will chat with the author of High: Confessions of a Pot Smuggler.

Now in the business world, a good salesman is worth his weight in gold. But what happens when being a "good salesman" is a bad thing? Years ago, Wade Rouse had a less-than-glamorous calling. He sold clothes to overweight kids at a major department store... where he discovered that sometimes making a sale means delving into your own past.

Lisa Lisson is no stranger to the hectic life of a high-powered executive. As president of FedEx Canada, she's at the top of one of the best-known companies in the country. Earlier this year, she even participated in the reality show Undercover Boss Canada. But when her husband Patrick died following a heart attack, her life was turned upside down. She'll tell us how she learned just how interconnected work and home life can be.

And here's our music playlist for Saturday, May 19:

K'Naan - "Hurt Me Tomorrow"
Ron Sexsmith and Don Kerr - "Lemonade Stand"
Chains of Love - "In Between"
Dolly Parton - "9 to 5"
Novillero - "Morally Deficient Business"
The Beatles - "With a Little Help From My Friends"
A.C. Newman - "Miracle Drug"
Lowest of the Low - "Salesmen, Cheats and Liars"
Carolyn Mark - "Business End"

And here's our music playlist for Tuesday, May 29:

Ian and Sylvia - "Taking Care of Business"
Ron Sexsmith and Don Kerr - "Lemonade Stand"
Dolly Parton - "9 to 5"
A.C. Newman - "Miracle Drug"
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