January 24, 2012
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Lisa,

So grab that magnifying glass. Launch an all-out investigation into things that have had you stumped. Perfect your investigative skills. Be a voracious idea-gatherer. Make finding solutions more important than hanging on to problems.

In This Issue
Hanging On or Moving On?
Cultivating More Wild Ideas
Happy Lunar New Year
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
Build a Better Year!


Barbara with the Egyptians

Every few months, I get the alumni magazine from my college. I usually glance through the class notes to see if there's anyone I remember who has gotten mentioned.

Most of the entries are a bit, well, dull, saying things like, "Now retired after 30 years teaching in the same school" or "Just retired from 40 years at the bank."


Apparently, my fellow college students were big on staying put in one place.


One entry, however, caught my eye. It read, "Retired after thirty-five years as a social worker and probation officer. He now spends his time as a safari leader and traveler in Africa and is a full-time freelance outdoors writer."


I never knew the man so described, but I wanted to. I wanted to know how he kept his adventurous soul alive for such a long time while toiling away in Cook County Illinois.


Leaving a familiar situation is a challenge that comes to all of us--sometimes several times throughout our life.


A few years ago, I received e-mail from a woman who had spent her life as a teacher. She had stuck with it long after the satisfaction had gone. Now she was ready, she said, to do something completely different. However, she wasn't at all certain what the new path should be.


That happens, of course, when we become entrenched in a situation or relationship for so long that we forget that we have options.


I made several suggestions about how she could begin exploring.


I heard from her again after about ten days and she was making remarkable headway. She'd even listed all of her teaching books on eBay--burning her bridges she said.


Imagine my amazement when I opened another e-mail which was obviously written in a moment of great panic. "I only have another week to sign my teaching contract," it read. "Should I sign it?"


I was flabbergasted and promptly replied that I didn't have the answer to her question. I suggested, however, that it might be a temporary lapse on her part and then I said, "So how are you going to tell your grandchildren that you once had an opportunity to create a truly adventurous life and you chickened out?"


The moment I typed that question, I realized at a very deep level, how our acts of self-doubt don't just impact our own lives, but have a profound ripple effect. Take the low road and you'll have a procession behind you. What kind of legacy is that?


We might tell ourselves that staying in a stultifying relationship isn't really so bad or having a job that robs us of any creative enthusiasm is fine for now, but every day that we hang on we are losing precious time that could be spent building something bold and beautiful.


On the other hand, our acts of courage beget courage in others as well. I'm guessing that my former college classmate will inspire all sorts of people to create their own version of a safari.


While letting go can seem terrifying, think of the times you've done so and found yourself in a better place. It's no use tricking yourself into thinking that you'll make things better while staying in the bad situation, however. Doesn't work that way.


As long as you hang on, you can't move on.



Grab your pith helmet and binoculars and join me on the first Idea Safari of 2012.             

We'll be heading out this time to explore dozens of ideas for feeding your creative spirit with Why Didn't I Think of That?


This lively adventure begins on Thursday, February 9, at 8 PM EST, 5 PM PST and will include: 

  • Eliminating behaviors that keep ideas away
  • Habits of creative self-bossers
  • Habitats that welcome ideas (and how to design your own)
  • How to conduct an inspiration quest
  • Two questions to ask yourself often to keep ideas flowing
  • Resources for keeping creativity alive


The Idea Safari continues the following week when we'll be looking at welcoming prosperity with Beyond the $100 Hour. For too many of us, money is the last frontier. In this exploration, we'll look at ways to make peace with prosperity by recognizing and eliminating money blocks. We'll also uncover some cash flow generators that anyone can adopt and take home. Thursday, February 16, 8 PM EST, 5 PM PST


Our final Idea Safari excursion brings us to a wonderfully creative part of growing a business. A Dozen Ways to Build Your Expert Status will share my favorite ideas for expanding visibility, sharing what you know, and making a bigger contribution. No matter what your business, you'll learn some useful ways to stand out from the crowd. Thursday, February 23, 8 PM EST, 5 PM PST. 


"The seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us," said Joseph Henry, "but they only take root in minds prepared to receive them." Join the Idea Safari and you'll leave with a backpack full of tools for keeping ideas and money flowing.


Each exploration is just $25, but you can jump on the Jeep for all three teleclasses for the price of two. Click on the link below to get your Idea Safari ticket.


And, of course, you'll receive an audio download so you can travel with us even if you aren't able to join the live call.


 Idea Safari



I don't recall a Chinese New Year that seemed to inspire so much excitement. The Year of the Dragon comes bearing good wishes for starting new projects, launching new businesses or having a baby. I share the enthusiasm because I'll be adding more travel, more teaching, more learning, more new projects to my itinerary this year.


I wish you a happy, prosperous new year of bringing your ideas to life.


If you'd like more of my thoughts on this auspcious new year, visit Buon Viaggio blog.

Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


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