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As you read this issue, think about these insightful words from Anais Nin:

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Barbara being "held up" When Jon's first novel came out, it received rave reviews. Attention poured in. He was interviewed on radio and in the newspapers; there was talk of a movie deal. The book isn't the only reason Jon's smiling these days. He's also started a fascinating business and has settled down with a loving partner. All of this is a sharp contrast to the floundering Jon of a few years ago.

Things started to change for him when he reclaimed his lifelong dream of being a writing and stopped waiting for someone else to give him permission to leave his lucrative, but unsatisfying, career. Instead of fretting about what he had given up, Jon's new mantra became, "I am supportable."

How do we become supportable? It helps if you can think like an architect and remember that the support system of a building is largely invisible. Critical support for your dreams may be invisible as well, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Your job-especially in the early stages of a new dream-is to decide if you're going to support your dream with matchsticks or steel girders.

When Jon realized that being supportable started with him, he began nurturing his dream of being a published author. He took writing classes, listened to suggestions, rewrote. While he didn't expect that everyone would share his enthusiasm, he not only declared that he was worthy of support, he took notice when it came his way. His genuine gratitude attracted even more support. He was also open to support appearing in ways he hadn't imagined. One of the more dramatic forms it took was being given the use of a house in a French village where he could write without distraction.

If your dreams seem to be taking a long time in coming, take an honest look at how you are (or are not) supporting them. Like any relationship, a dream will grow with positive support and shrivel without it. We support our dreams by building them step by patient step. How we spend our time, how willing we are to learn, care for ourselves, connect with others, and invest our money either costs us our dreams or contributes to them. While some support is invisible, it's not inactive. At the same time, we need to recognize what is real support and what is bogus.

In a recent e-zine, Ali Brown wrote about the Five Reasons to Attend Live events. She began by talking about the very first event she attended six years ago which started her on an accelerated road to success. She said, "Not only did I learn amazing information to help my online business (which was brand new at the time), but I met some folks who remain my friends to this day. And by investing in myself in that manner also sent a message to the universe that I was stepping up and ready to play big.Today, I spend tens of thousands of dollars each year on continuing education, including attending live seminars and workshops. And it pays off TENFOLD!"

As Jon and Ali, and thousands of other successful folks have discovered, we become supportable when we stay focused on our vision, bring entrepreneurial thinking to creating that vision and replace any doubts or despair with a loving intention to accomplish our highest good. That's the starting point that opens the door so lavish support can find us.

My Aunt Marge was a curious optimist right up to the end of her life at 92. When I'd visit, her favorite stories were the ones I'd tell about the people I meet through my work. She'd smile and shake her head and say, "Oh, you meet the most interesting people." I agree, but that wasn't always the case. First I had to change and support my dreams.

One of my favorite passages from Steven Pressfield's The War of Art comes in the chapter on Fear. He writes, "We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. We will lose our friends and family, who will no longer recognize us.

"Of course, this is exactly what happens. But here's the trick. We wind up in space, but not alone. Instead we are tapped into an unquenchable, undepletable, inexhaustible source of wisdom, consciousness, companionship. Yeah, we lose friends. But we find friends too, in places we never thought to look. And they're better friends, truer friends. And we're better and truer to them."

As I was flying back from London on Sunday, I was going through the notebook I'd kept on my trip and realized that I'd been adding to my collection of interesting people throughout the journey. I'll be blogging about some of those folks later this month. When I look at the the chorus of people who have and continue to enrich my life, there's a common connector at work: except for my family, nearly every one of the lively and curious folks who brighten my world are people I've met in seminars.

So my master plan is to keep showing up in seminars and building my collection of people who support me and who I can support in return. Lovely balance of contribution.

I'm not sure how I first encountered Chris Guillebeau's Art of Non-Conformity, but I've been a fan ever since. He recently wrote a terrific piece called Unconventional Business Ideas. Take a look. You could become a fan, too.

Unconventional Business Ideas

There's been so much buzz about Follow Through Camp. A lot of people realize that they need power tools for making their dreams happen. So they're heading to Dodge City, KS to join Alice Barry and me for this very special event.

Unfortunately, some of that buzz has been about wanting to come, but not wanting to spend the money. I confess that both startled and amused me. After all, we've made it as affordable as possible so even brand new entrepreneurs could participate. However, the Money Excuse is one of the major obstacles we're going to be tackling at the event so if you're ready to get rid of that once and for all, get creative about making it happen.

And put $100 in your pocket by signing up before the Early Bird Discount runs out on April 15th. Why not celebrate Tax Day by giving yourself a nice tax deduction for 2009? That's nothing, of course, compared to the people you're going to meet and the confidence you're going to acquire.

Follow Through Camp

I'm sure my jetlag will be over by the time I head to Denver for my upcoming classes at Colorado Free University. If you've been wanting to join me for Making a Living Without a Job or Establish Yourself as an Expert or How to Support Your Wanderlust, you can do just that on April 17 &18.

CFU Classes

Buona fortuna,


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