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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 200 IDEA: Charles Shackleton—Follow Your Passion

Charles Shackleton attended a prestigious art school in England and was happy to land a job as a glassblower with Simon Pearce. Pearce is a well-known glass artist who runs an iconic studio, showroom, and restaurant on a river in Quechee, Vermont.

“I was making 120 wine glasses a day and I was bored,” said Shackleton. Not sure what to do next, he started making furniture, using hardwoods and traditional woodworking techniques.

He realized that his passion was for working in wood, not glass. But in 1998, he was reluctant to tell Pearce, his friend and mentor, that he didn't want to make glass objects anymore. “He thought I was crazy,” recalled Shackleton. “In fact, his wife took me out to ...

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