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March 26th, 2009
01:05 PM ET

Kiran: Find your passion

CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks to management consultant Peter Bregman about how to start a business in this economy.
CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks to management consultant Peter Bregman about how to start a business in this economy.

It's a recession. If you find yourself without a job, well you aren't alone and it doesn't mean you can't find a way to success.

Bill Gates, Jim Henson, Walt Disney, just to name a few, all took a chance and hit it big during an economic downturn.

Instead of waiting around to get a call back from one of the hundreds of resumes you've sent or posted online, why not start your own business? Is it possible if you've never done it before and haven't the slightest idea where to begin? Yes, says Peter Bregman, a business management consultant who joined me on the show this morning. He says find your passion and go from there! Watch the interview.

On Twitter this morning, I asked people to tweet about their passions. We got some great answers; cooking, working in the field of green energy. News is my passion and has been since I was a kid. But if I had to try to start up my own business on the side, I'd probably do some photography. I love taking pics of the kids, gorgeous landscapes, everyday objects seen through an artistic eye. I'm also not bad with doing people's makeup. Among my friends, I'm the go-to gal if they need to get glam for a party.

Everyone's got a knack for something beyond what they get paid to do. Our guest today says it's just a matter of taking a risk at a time when you probably have a little less to lose.

Good luck,


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  1. Donna Scearce

    The A.M. show is reporting the tax day tea parties, across America, with a clown. C'mon guys. This movement has a lot of average Americans that are tired of big governent getting bigger, massive bailouts and taxes going up and up. Its "we the people" letting their voices be heard. Many of them think businesses should be stimulated, not the government. Don't demean the rights of citizens.

    April 15, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  2. Fred Robinson


    Are you multi talented or what? I agree. Outside interests are necessary with repect to becoming a well rounded individual. A career is important, however a person must develop too. Myself included.

    Enjoy your weekend. Give my best to your team.


    March 27, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  3. Terry

    Why did Obama laugh at the top issue in 4 categories on marijuana with a mere 53 second response when every other issue was given a 10 to 15 minute answer? How can he laugh off the seriousness of this issue given the instability in Mexico?

    March 27, 2009 at 6:05 am |
  4. John Sherman

    let's see if someone whose down in their luck, out of work, spouse supporting family for now has the audosity to start up a business with little money but is tired of working for someone's dream

    I'm hoping to put this into a documentary and write a book from it. Using real life events along with a wired wit, to give an insight in 21st Century survivalship in middle-america.

    Wow, that's about as long winded as a AIG executive justifying their million dollar, bonus to a legislative oversight committee.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  5. Raven

    Yes it is possible to start your own bus. I rec'd an invite to a conference here in Colorado Springs to attend a free conference on making money on the internet. We are going to attend. Since there are not really any jobs available here for me, and we both have computers it stands to reason we should persue this avenue. Even if it turns out not to be what we want, at least we are trying. You never know, one day you might run across our website and find it interesting enough to participate. I am still going to continue looking into the truck driving school thing, but doubt I will be able to secure financing to be able to go. Who knows? Maybe I will get lucky! Thanks for doing such a great job on CNN...We watch every morning. Kudos to you and John!

    March 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm |