Home Jewelry Business Tips… Compliments of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Make 2009 The Best Year Ever For Your Bead And Jewelry Venture:

When business is good, it can usually be attributed to the rules and principles you live by. This was definitely the case for Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and 3rd President of the United States of America (1801-1809).

I thought that since a lot of us are crafting new years resolutions for our home jewelry businesses, or just for personal reasons, it may be helpful to post the rules that Jefferson lived by. They seemed to have worked well for him, so perhaps we can employ them too.

Thomas Jefferson’s Rules For Living:

  • Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  • Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  • Never spend your money before you have it.
  • Never buy what you don’t want because it is cheap.
  • Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  • We seldom repent having eaten too little.
  • Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  • How much pain the evils have cost us that have never happened!
  • Take things always by the smooth handle.
  • When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

Perhaps if more people had heeded this advice over the last few years, this current recession would not even be an issue. But it is… so let’s make the best of it.

For some ideas on what you can do as a polymer clay bead maker and home jewelry business owner to better your future, read these articles:

Here’s to a bright and stable 2009!

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Susan, 07 January, 2009

    I’m sorry, I just had to tell you…I thought this was a picture of Jed Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies. He had a lot of good advise, also.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 08 January, 2009

    LOL!! You’re right!! I forget what his advice was… do you remember any of Jed’s wise words that you could pass on Susan? May bring a laugh or two!

  3. Marsha, 10 January, 2009

    Thomas Jefferson’s quotes above are very timely! :-) I love to surf the web for quotes and found this one attributed to Jed Clampett, “If you’re too busy to go fishin’, you’re too busy.” Fishing really isn’t my thing, but I do understand what Jed was talking about! Making time for the things in life that refresh body, mind and spirit is time well spent. Have a great day everybody!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 10 January, 2009

    Susan was right, Jed Clampett does have great advice! Thanks for the quote Marsha! Maybe we can reword it for everyone here.

    “If you’re too busy to make polymer clay beads, you’re too busy!”

    Great words to live by! :-)

  5. Ritzs, 11 January, 2009

    I am a member of Cindy’s Polymer Clay Tutor site. I stumbled on her accidentally while looking for a way to make poly clay faces for a beading project. She is not only responsive and amazingly generous with her information, but a fantastic teacher. I finally “get” some of the techniques I had been reading about and trying to grasp for a long time. I am a subscriber to her site and videos and feel her $3.32 charge per month to be a small price to pay for all the information available there.

  6. Jocelyn, 08 July, 2010

    Great post! Found it by entering “pain” in the search box. LOL!!!!

  7. Tanya L, 08 July, 2010

    I’m glad you found this Jocelyn, it’s great!

    Love the rewording of Jed Clampett’s quote, too!

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