June 8, 2012 
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Lisa,

I've found that following what you love magnifies your talent. You just have to have faith to invest in it.

~ Leslie Rector

In This Issue
Postcard From Barbara
Making Soup in a Basket?
It's Hot in Las Vegas
Got Wanderlust?
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is
Winning Words
POSTCARD FROM BARBARA

Un-Job Fair 2012

It would be an understatement to say that last week's Un-Job Fair in Denver was a success. More than 100 participants from throughout Colorado, plus others from New York and Atlanta, spent the day gathering power tools for their own Joyfully Jobless journeys.

 

An entire day devoted to self-employment is, of course, highly appealing to me, but seeing the enthusiasm (and notebooks crammed with ideas and information) of the participants is downright thrilling.

 

One of the things I love most about self-employment is that it gives you an excuse to be a lifelong learner. Best of all, you get to design your own curriculum and proceed at your own pace.

 

As wonderful a resource as the Internet is in tracking down information, there's another dimension that's present when you put yourself in a room with other explorers. I urge you to connect and collaborate in as many ways as you can.

 

You'll be richer and smarter for doing so. 

MAKING SOUP IN A BASKET

There are numerous ways to become an entrepreneur. If you're Italian, you might be born to it. Just as homes stay in the same family for generations, Italian business owners commonly pass their enterprise down to their children. If your family made wine, there's a good chance that you'll make wine. Even some Venetian gondoliers are following the career path of their fathers and grandfathers. 

           

As much as I love the Italians, I'm grateful that finding a career by inheritance isn't such a common practice here. If it was, I'd be an electrician.

           

Paradoxically, there's a Tuscan proverb that says, "Whoever does another's trade makes soup in a basket."  

           

While there are people who happily take over the family business, having one foisted upon you can be a disaster. I met a man in a seminar who told me he'd spent his life grudgingly running a family business that he loathed. His sadness was visible, but even though he was no longer young, he was working diligently to make a new start and bring to life an idea of his own.

           

Although it's less common to hand down careers and businesses today, family pressure still plays a role in career choice. When people say to me, "My parents always told me I should work for someone else," I want to counter with, "Would you wear your parents' clothes?" Their way of thinking may not fit you, either.

           

A few years ago, I had an ultrasound and noticed that the technician was obviously a weight lifter who seemed a bit out of sync with the hospital environment. As the procedure was being done, I asked him how he'd chosen this profession. He laughed and said, "Well, I was 18 and didn't know what I wanted to do. My sister was a nurse and thought this would be a good line for me to get into and my parents wanted me out of the house, so I became an ultrasound technician." 

 

I wanted to jump off the table and yell, "Get away from my thyroid."

           

BoredEvery day I encounter people like him who are making soup in a basket, who are bored, inept or downright hostile because they are doing work that comes from a place other than their heart and soul.

 

Happily, more and more of us are awakening to the truth that it doesn't have to be this way, that we can discard inappropriate choices and make new ones based on who we have become and what we want our lives to be now.

           

Finding our personal right livelihood is too important to our well-being to overlook. We may choose to follow in our family's tradition but only if we've come to know ourselves well enough to know that this is the perfect fit. For most of us, more exploration is needed before we can come to the place that is our natural habitat.

           

Clothiers talk about bespoke garments, meaning  made-to-order clothes that are fitted to the wearer. I think it's time to talk about bespoke businesses, one of a kind undertakings that are perfectly suited to the owner's values, talents and dreams. It takes a lot more time and energy to create such a business, of course, than to just pull one off the rack. Like a master tailor, we can only produce a bespoke business by knowing our personal measurements, making numerous adjustments, and investing pride in our work. 

           

In a  world that often seems determined to do things fast, creating a bespoke business requires a willingness and discipline to slow down, take things a step at a time, and pay loving attention to details. The rewards for such willingness are huge, although they may not be quick.

 

All along the way, we need to notice when things no longer fit the person we've become. As the wise Maya Angelou reminds us, "You can only be truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money the goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you. All the other tangible rewards will come as a result."

 

IT'S HOT IN LAS VEGAS

If you're in Minnesota, chances are you spend the summer months out of doors as often as possible. If you live in Nevada, you're probably avoiding the sun. If you're in Las Vegas area and ready for some hot ideas (in a cool environment) join me next weekend when I'll be back at UNLV for three rollicking classes.

Las Vegas at Sunset 

If you're needing some entrepreneurial insight and information, we'll explore Self-employment as Your Next Career on Friday, June 15. That will be followed with Making a Living Without a Job and I Hate Marketing on Saturday, June 16.

 

Weekend in Las Vegas

GOT WANDERLUST

Judy Miranda has a fun business importing handcrafted items made by artisans in Guatemala. Of course, her business demands that she make regular return trips to this spot she loves so she can replenish her inventory.

 

Judy sent me a message the other day saying she is excited to attend the upcoming Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop in San Francisco coming up on July 26-28. "I think travel writing is a perfect addition to my import business," she said.

 

If you'd like to add travel writing to your profit center portfolio, join Judy for this information-packed event. You'll be learning from travel writers like Steenie Harvey and Jen Stevens who will share what it takes to succeed.

 

Early Bird Discount expires soon.

 

Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop 

 

Buon Viaggio,

 

Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 

 

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