An Entrepreneur in Venice: An Interview With Mario Costra
See all of our newsletters | No thanks Thank you. Your Question has been submitted. Jim Buck, the New Yorker whose early dog-walking service unleashed a new breed of business niche, died July 4, according to the New York Times . Buck is credited for making dog-walking a professional business, according to the Times, which ran a profile of the entrepreneur in 1964 by the acclaimed writer Gay Talese. He came from New York’s wealthy Upper East Side, skipped college and worked as an electronics salesman before startingJim Bucks School for Dogs in the early 1960s,the paper says. His clients, the obituary says, were mostly Upper East Siders.
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He shared with me that he purchased his gondola for 30,000 euros 20 years ago. Of course, he has had to maintain this boat, making improvements over the years like any owner would. The Cannaregio is near to the legendary five synagogues in the Jewish Ghetto where I spent that day exploring. Mario knows every canal in the city and can move his boat effortlessly with a touch of his hand or movement of his fingers. According to him, 90 percent of the gondoliers in Venice have fathers and grandfathers in the field. He belongs to a cooperative of gondola owners and gladly pays his dues to the organization.
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If You Want To Be A Successful Entrepreneur, There Is No Such Thing As Work-Life Balance. (Forbes Readers React)
I was surprised that most of you agreed with me. About 70% of you said some variation of what Cassandra Heilbronn did: Successful people want to be the best andthey are willing to do what it takes to get there. But the disagreements were strong. Some of you attacked my very premise. You really cant be considered successful in just one area of your life, LM Taylor wrote. So are the people you speak of truly successful? Otherstook a similar path. Paraphrasing motivational speaker Zig Ziglar Sagar Adhikari commented: I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You cant truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. Goatrope attacked the premise from a different angle, sayingI simply hadnt searched hard enough to find entrepreneurs who have achieved work-life balance.
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