I have been in small business most of my life. I have degrees in Anthropology and an MBA, 7 years in corporate management, and then a most exciting 22 year period in history building my own export business focused on the former Soviet Union, Europe and Africa. A significant part of my life was spent traveling on business to over 40 countries evolving from the Cold War - communist era into a brave new world of capitalism. I've grown weary of constant business travel and having my investment in my business be relatively illiquid and subject to risks that are difficult to mitigate. Time for a new approach toward investing. I am shifting my focus and investment of time and money into the equity markets, specifically seeking smaller companies with outstanding growth opportunities and solid technical and fundamentals that will generate amazingly superior returns. This is a dynamic time and there are excellent opportunities all around us. Stars and dogs and cash cows and money pits. Life is short. We all invest our time in something, and our money too. Be enthusiastic and passionate, and when you get to the point you don't love what you are doing, when you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning and get started, then it's time to reinvent yourself and change where you are investing your time and energy. Time is too precious to waste. Carpe diem!