I don’t know if this post will get thru, as it is not about jewelry
specifically. It is more about our choices in life and how we deal
with constantly changing markets and careers.
It is intended specifically for those who have written in recently
about 1) the higher price of gold and silver 2) those who complain
about those who manage to get into art fairs/shows with mass produced
or other wise deemed “inferior” work 3) those who have said that the
"hobbyists" working from their homes are “taking” all the business
from legitimate guys. 4) finally, those who feel they are not
respected because they cannot get an account with Stuller
There is currently a book on the market called “Who Moved My
Cheese”. I humbly suggest you guys give it a try.
I am not a sage businesswoman who makes 400k per year, just someone
who thinks you may benefit from a shift in thinking.
When someone takes your cheese, chances are, they are not just going
to bring it back…no matter how long you wait. You have to pick
your self up, get out there, and find more cheese. Chances are, the
new cheese you find will be even better cheese than what you had to
begin with. The bottom line is, if you don’t go find new cheese and
no one brings your cheese back, you will be extinct. They’re going to
keep moving the cheese, no matter what you do. It is up to you to
move with the cheese and enjoy it because it is better to venture out
to find new cheese, than to sit around hoping your old cheese will
I read a while ago (please don’t ask where, I read a lot and don’t
remember specifically) that 70% of all retail businesses in the U.S.
go under in the first 3 years. The number one reason for this is
mismanagement. Don’t become a statistic. When things change, find a
way to change with them.
Get the book, read it…cut out all ‘the writing on the wall’ and
paste it up all around your workbench. Then live by it
Kim Starbard (probably now known as “that crazy cheese lady”…what
is she talking about anyway?)