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April 16, 2015
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Barbara,

The seeds of great discoveries are constantly all around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them.  

~ Joseph Henry
In This Issue
Postcard from Barbara
Mindset Matters
Shorten Your Road to Sucess
Barbara Online
Upcoming Events


Edmonton, AB

April 24 & 25 


Sacramento, CA

May 1 & 2

Denver, CO

May 30


Babs' haircut

Despite a persistent virus that took up residence in my body weeks ago, 2015 is already turning into a memorable year-for all the right reasons. After the lively Joyfully Jobless Weekend in Seattle, I found myself with renewed enthusiasm for being a gypsy teacher. I am currently scheduling several in new locations for the fall.


That's not the only upcoming travel fun. My siblings and I are making a return visit to France in September. This time we'll be exploring Burgandy. What a gift it is to have sisters and a brother that are also great travel companions. Together we have explored several areas of Italy, the Cotwolds, Catalina Island and Provence.


There's also been cause to celebrate as Winning Ways newsletter begins its 29th year of publication. Every issue is designed to include inspiration, ideas and resources. Many of my longtime subscribers keep back issues filed in 3-ring binders for revisiting as needed. If you'd like to join us, you can order here: Winning Ways


"Be with those who help your being," advised the wonderful poet Rumi. He may have given us the keys for enhancing our well-being and for nurturing creative endeavors. Choose wisely.


Note: Although I've shared this story before, it's been on my mind as I've been musing about the importance of hanging out with those who help our being. 


It was still hours until daylight when the airport shuttle picked me up at my hotel. The driver apologized for being late and assured me that he wouldn't speed since he'd been a policeman for 18 years and had enough of fast cars.


We drove to an apartment complex that looked like a charming village to fetch the next passenger. He was chatty, too, and introduced himself as Rueben. I commented that his neighborhood looked nice.


"Oh," he scoffed, "it's like living in prison." He gave us a long list of his complaints including the fact that the management had no tolerance for bounced checks. He told us he'd moved from California and this was his first apartment experience. "What brought you here?" I asked.


"A mistake," he snapped back. I decided he was a professional malcontent and ceased listening.


At the next stop, a younger man bounced into the van and plunked down beside me. "Hi," he said, extending his hand, "I'm Grant." He told us he was starting a new internet business and had come for a meeting.


We also learned that Grant lives in Maui where he'd located from Washington. "What brought you to Maui?" I asked (okay, it hadn't worked with Rueben, but I really wanted to know). Grant said he'd gone there on vacation, fell in love with the place, gone home, liquidated his business then and set up a new one in Hawaii. 


Rueben told us that he'd lived in Hawaii for a time himself, "Before they ruined it," he pointed out.


By this time I was far more interested in what the cheerful Grant had to say. "So you're an entrepreneur," I said.


"Yup," he replied. "I've had employees since I was 23. But I really want to get this new business running and be a one-person enterprise. No employees is my goal."


"Ah, a man after my own heart," I said. "I have a one-person business, too." 


At this point, Reuben joined the conversation again telling us how lazy people are and how hard it is to get decent employees. Reuben, it turned out, had his own business also. I couldn't imagine being locked up with him for an entire day, but was polite enough not to point out that the problem might not be with the people he hired-who all seemed to quit rather quickly.


On the flight home I pondered the Ruebens of this world. Do they not notice that their critical behavior is out of sync with the Grants? I'm certain that Reuben is convinced that the way he sees things is the way things are. On the other hand, Grant is open, excited and receptive, exploring as he goes.


So which one would you like to spend time with first thing in the morning? Me, too.


When I hear travel guru Rick Steves say, "I've made all the mistakes so you don't have to," I identify with that. My early years in business were fraught with trial and error since there were no road maps available for the kind of enterprise I wanted to create.


Eventually, I discovered better ways of doing things and have made it my mission to pass along what I've learned to others setting out on journey of their own.


My spring Joyfully Jobless Weekends are winding down, but there's time to join me for the two that remain.


Edmonton, ALB is hosting the first Joyfully Jobless Weekend on April 24 & 25 and I'm eager to pay my first visit to this city. Find out more and register.


Sacramento, CA was rescheduled thanks to the aforementioned virus that made an attack the morning I was due to depart. If you were unable to register for the March seminars, you have another opportunity to join me on May 1 & 2. Learn more.


Denver, CO is the scene of the 6th Un-Job Fair on May 30. This one-of-a-kind event has attracted participants from around the country. It's a glorious day for collecting power tools for your own Joyfully Jobless Journey. Learn more.

Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


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