In times of change, learners inherit
the earth, while the learned find
themselves beautifully equipped to deal
with a world that no longer exists.
~ Eric Hoffer
Buon Viaggio Blog
POSTCARD FROM BARBARA
When I woke up on Wednesday morning, it was
apparent that stomach flu had decided to pay
a visit. Fortunately, it appeared to be the
twenty-four hour variety and by midday on
Thursday I was beginning to feel a bit
I also discovered that one of my telltale
signs of illness is losing my desire to
read. It was a horrifying
discovery-especially since I'd just begun a
new book that I adored.
Although I don't recall where I heard about
it, I was smitten with Judith Fein's
Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of
Travel from the introduction. After
spending twelve years as a Hollywood
screenwriter, Fein had an experience which
may sound familiar to you.
She writes, "Sounds glam, right? In fact, my
experience was that it was a cutthroat,
cruel, crazy biz designed to make a writer
quake with insecurity and angst, and I felt
as though my soul were being sucked out of
me by an industrial vacuum cleaner."
Lucky for us, she left and now shares her
experiences traveling the world with her
photographer/videographer husband. "I have
taken a vow," Fein says. "Never will I
underestimate the power of anyone's dreams.
Not even my own."
If you love great storytelling, do
Life is a Trip
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED LATELY?
For years, I've been telling participants in
my Making a Living Without a Job seminars
that the real gift of self-employment is
that it gives you an excuse to be a lifelong
learner. This is not a small gift.
healthy curiosity not only makes for a more
interesting life: it also helps us find
solutions, connects us with lively people,
expands our horizons, builds confidence and
bestows all sorts of other positive
advantages and assets.
While curiosity can be the passport to a
wonderful life, I recently recalled the many
times I'd been warned that it also was a
major killer of cats.
These days, I prefer to listen to folks like
Richard Branson who says, "Innovation is
what you get when you get up from behind
your desk and go and see where people and
ideas lead you."
Often it can lead us into totally new
environments. Although I know Sarah Novak
and a writer and editor, I smiled when I saw
her Facebook post last night. She said,
"Tonight's creative play ... Metal etching
at Bead Monkey! SO excited." I'm not even
sure what metal etching involves, but it
reminded me that the creative spirit loves
to take up diverse challenges.
Even though information is at our
fingertips, a mere mouse click away, it's
important to remember that our learning can
be enhanced by getting up and joining a
roomful of people who share your curiosity.
After all, they're the folks who know that
Oliver Goldsmith was right when he said, "There's
an unspeakable pleasure attending the life
of a voluntary student."
JOIN ME IN LAS VEGAS
When the fall catalog arrived from
UNLV Continuing Education,
the cover boldly declared, "Never stop
learning." It was surrounded by a circle of
words (which are difficult to replicate
linearly) that illustrated the path of the
It reads: "I got my certificate in
nonprofit management, then I brushed up on
the benefits of social media and learned how
to use an iPad, then I took a primer in
special events planning."
I love working with folks who think Never
Stop Learning makes a worthy motto.
My fall classes at UNLV were postponed, but
I'll be back next weekend so you can still
catch How To Support Your Wanderlust
on Friday, November 15 and
Making a Living Without a Job and
Establish Yourself as an Expert on
Saturday, November 16.
If you're ready to join a roomful of curious
adults, you can get the scoop by clicking on
UNLV Continuing Education
Making peace with money is one of the
best-and trickiest-lessons of working
for yourself. So I was excited when
Jerry Gilles, author of Moneylove
of my all-time favorite prosperity
books, invited me to record an
Last week he sent me this message: This
has to be one of my all-time
favorite audio productions. Every time I
went over it to edit out pauses and
glitches, I heard something new I wanted
to make a note of.
And I think it is so important in our
current political climate, when so
much fear-mongering is going on about
Jerry then offered to let me share it
with anyone I wanted to share it with.
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