A special boost for wannabe entrepreneurs: My Declaration of Independence

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Declaration Just in time for Peru’s Independence Day (What, you didn’t know that it was tomorrow?), we have put the final touches on my Flash movie/inspirational message My Declaration of Independence.

I sat up in bed late at night on June 21 (Summer Solstice) and thought "Wouldn’t it be fun to create a little multimedia message to uplift the spirits of those who feel trapped in their corporate jobs?"  Since we were close to the 4th of July, I thought of the theme of creating your own declaration of independence.  My good friend and former business partner Darron Padilla was crazy enough to volunteer his Flash development efforts to bring my idea to life.  Thank you Darron for your generosity of spirit, time and energy! 

My aim at sharing this message is to broaden the circle of support for aspiring entrepreneurs and bring more people in the dialogue at this smart and generous community here at Escape From Cubicle Nation.  So if you know someone who would appreciate or benefit from the message, please pass it on!

Here is the link again!


P.S.  As fate would have it, the one picture that I took myself was of the Mom and her kids in Peru, weaving high atop the mountains.  I visited this inspiring group of entrepreneurs a couple of years ago and was excited by their story.  Because it was difficult to find a market for their beautiful handwoven bags, shawls and blankets, these native artists were forced to leave their ancestral lands high in the Andes and go to the big cities to look for work.  Many men had to separate from their families, and they often fell into depression and poverty.

With the help of some enterprising Peruvian and American entrepreneurs, a collective was formed and a distribution channel was opened so that they had a market for their wares.  The result is a powerful, creative and enterprising group of families who are able to live where they have deep roots, pass on an ancient tradition to their kids and make a good living for themselves.  Now that is something to celebrate!

30 Responses to “A special boost for wannabe entrepreneurs: My Declaration of Independence”

  1. TIMC says:

    however, i don’t now watch your the movie of My Declaration of Independence.

    your this website show “You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude.”

    could you please correct it? many thanks

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  8. juan says:

    We (blogers) belong to a privileged class. We have embraced our real calling regardless of how many hours we put into the “other” job and that act alone has made us free. It is easy to anticipate that one day there will be an sustainable economy revolving around the snippets of knowledge put out there through our posts. In the mean time I don’t mind living the double life. It’s already sweet.

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  10. Maximvs says:

    Hi Pam,

    cool movie. It really kicks. Is there any way I can download the movie to set it up as a “wake-up” featurett on my iBook?
    I’d love to watch the movie before starting every day.
    It’s so powerfull and gave me the strength to go “my way” into indpendent health consulting in Switzerland.
    I hope this movie will awaken many more “cubicle-slaves”

  11. Cindy D. says:

    I absolutely loved the declaration. It truly motivated me to think about what I really want in life. Thank you for that!

  12. Luigi D'baggio says:

    Hello, I’m From Mexico City and Im very boosted by the My Declaration of Independence, you’re a inspiration for me, I’m going to quit very soon and find my own sense of liberty. Thank you

  13. Doug Emerson says:


    Movie review: Brilliant.

    What’s next?

    Doug Emerson

  14. JL says:

    Cool pic!
    watching the movie now

    Cubicled Peruvian

  15. Andrew says:

    This was a great video to inspire many people. It has a calming effect both with it’s pictures and audio. I am working from home and loving every minute of it. I enjoy your site and the message you send to others. I especially appreciate that you include people of different colors.

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  17. Andrea says:

    I’ve been working for different big companies here in Italy and when I arrived to my forties I realized that something was missing in my professional life, even if those companies didn’t forget to reward me when I deserved.

    Pam, your movie has the ability to explain which is the feeling when you ‘cross the Rubicon’ and decide to invest on your person – and your family – as you never did before in your life.

    Now I’m around 50 and I’m very happy about the choice I’ve made those days… and I’m free!

    Thank you for sharing your vision and your effort.

    – Andrea

  18. Brian Kim says:


    The pictures in that were worth a trillion words! I loved the analogy, the questions, and the encouraging words.

    Very well done. I had goosebumps while watching it.

    I think this will stir a lot of people to wake up and go for it and to realize that everything that they needed was within them all along.

    Thank you very much for posting this.

  19. Sarah says:

    Wow. Very well done, and moving too. Loved the quote at the end.

  20. Rod Pena says:


    Moving, liberating, and–most of all–cathartic!

    Thanks for not just knowing what to say and when to say it, but how to say it.

    All the best,


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  22. Leah says:

    What an amazing inspiration. I will keep the link safe and go back to it often to remember why it is that I am struggling to be free!! I will have my independence day…and when I do…I will celebrate the freedom that you so beauitfully represented in these images. Thank you so much for your encouragement, your support, and your guidance. I am truly honored to be a part of your network.

  23. Sylvia says:

    What a gift it is to know you. Thanks for sharing your brilliance in this profoundly inspiring movie.

  24. argos says:

    Pam, this movie is quite fantastic and very moving. It brought some tears because I have been quitely and diligently working toward this for some time. The very worst moments for me in the corporate world had been when it was demanded of me that I abandon my ethics and values in exchange for money. It was like asking me to lie to my family and… this, from a stranger who cared not about me personally. I just hope you personally create a 100 million entepreneurs through your work. We will all be calm, happy and maybe half wealthy as well. We will all meet at your house every Friday night for laughter.

  25. Astha says:

    Simply beautiful…loved the movie!

  26. Simone says:

    Thank you for the message.

    I am so excited because I feel I found a business idea that I feel I can actually implement.

  27. Carla Golden says:

    Pam, your movie is WONDERFUL! It touched my heart and inspired me. My husband and I have been doing our own thing since January 2005. It is exhilarating and we love it, even though we sometimes have moments when we wonder where the next check will come from. We have felt guided to strike out on our own and trust the one true Source. Thanks for making the movie and for following your heart.


  28. Mark says:

    I like it!

    The f-word scares me though (Focus). It’s what I need to do now, in setting my dissertation topic, and I keep looking at the need to focus as a negative thing, as something that will force me to close lots of doors, to bid farewell to options I’ve tried to keep open. I need to switch and look at it as a positive thing, as something that will let me go somewhere I want to get (to a doctorate, and, eventually, to my own consulting biz).

  29. Gorgeous pictures and music.

    I really enjoyed this as i ended my work day today.

    Well done, Pamela

  30. y0mbo says:

    Thanks for the great movie, Pam.

    I quit my job on Monday to go into independent software consulting / development and just finished up negotiating my last day: August 25.

    Your movie was appropriate and well timed. I feel free already.