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Dec 31, 201210:24 AMAfter Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

11-year-old mayor trades biz advice for dollhouse furniture

11-year-old mayor trades biz advice for dollhouse furniture

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This being vacation week for many of us, my grandson Patrick, 11, is spelling me by writing a little blog on secrets for success in business in 2013. He already wrote a 30-page business plan for his own future enterprise and also authored and illustrated a children’s book series. Now he’s adding “business blogger” to his résumé.

But behind all of that setup, Patrick really is bartering work for miniatures. He wanted a dollhouse for Christmas to establish a homeless shelter for Playmobile City, of which he is the mayor. Too many of his soldiers and knights are returning home (after hard-fought battles are won or lost) wounded, drug addicted, and/or jobless, so he needs a place to shelter them after they get out of the Playmobile Clinic, before they enroll in Playmobile School to learn another trade. Otherwise, they’ll turn to crime to exist and likely wind up in Playmobile Jail; that’s not how he wants his city to operate.

Patrick’s mom found a bargain-priced, massive, five-foot-long, handmade dollhouse on eBay that is a miniature replica of a famous home, perfect for his needs. As for furnishings, I’ll pony up glue, woodchips, and pipe cleaners to make some of it, and I’ll help him paint, wallpaper, and lay floors, but he’s working at IB this morning to earn a little coin for things we can’t make, like electric lights. So here’s his offering to you, with both of our best wishes!

Dec 31, 2012 12:49 pm
 Posted by  promogal

Patrick has a great future ahead of him. He already knows the ropes...no school of hard knocks for him. Thank you Patrick for some good words of wisdom.

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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