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As you read this issue, think about these insightful words from Seth Godin:

First rule of decision making: More time does not create better decisions. In fact, it usually decreases the quality of the decision. More information may help. More time without more information just creates anxiety, not insight.

Barbara next to Inspiring Tree In the movie Life as a House, Kevin Kline plays a man named George who comes face to face with his own mortality. Along with that comes the revelation that he's spent his whole life working at a job he hated, living in a house he loathed, while becoming increasingly alienated from his rebellious teenaged son. George decides to spend his final days building his dream house and along the way discovers his heart. As inspiring as the movie is, it also highlights a sad truth about postponing happiness: there are far too many Georges in the world who will never get to the heart of the matter.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about patience. I often say that what we call failure is actually running out of patience. That's not what's bugging me these days, however. I'm confounded by the inordinate patience which people exercise in order to stay in miserable situations. While it's one thing to put off doing the laundry, it's quite another to put off going after our dreams. Psychologist David Viscott challenges that attitude with this question: "Why do you have to postpone moving to a warmer climate where you can swim all year until you are so old that you're afraid of the water?"

There are all sorts of reasons why dreams get delegated to the bottom of the heap. Erroneously thinking that the present moment is insignificant is one of those. I talked to a man who had started a project that could have helped many people live better lives. Unfortunately, he was promoting it badly and it was going nowhere. He defended his failure by saying, "It will all unfold in its own time."

Nonsense. Dreams need people to champion them and act on their behalf. This wait and see attitude ignores another essential truth: dreams come with an expiration date. If we don't do something about them, they either wither or take up residence elsewhere.

"Behave your way to success," urges Dr. Phil McGraw. If there's a dream that's dying because of your procrastination, perfectionism or lack of focus, create new habits that counteract those failure traits. We are living in a time where we have more tools and resources for getting rid of unworkable behavior and, yet, too many of us are going thirsty in the rain.

Dreams are ideas that need to be born to add to the good of the planet. Ignoring those that land on our doorstep is an act of selfishness. If we are to see a world of compassion and abundance, we have to believe that what we do in our own patch makes a difference to the whole.

Now, more than ever, we must stop being traitors to the dreams that are uniquely ours to realize. We have to dump the excuses and instead be totally willing to become the active dreamers who refuses to wait for perfect conditions before setting out. "Better three hours too soon," said Shakespeare, "than a minute to late." He meant us.

Long before Jennie Craig or Nutrisystem, there was Ayds diet candy. You're probably too young to remember such a thing, but Ayds gave me my first glimpse into the possibility of transformation. When I was a kid, I was positively fascinated by their magazine ads. These revolutionary ads involved storytelling with before and after pictures of an amazing weight loss.

I still love Before and After stories, although these days my favorites are Employee to Entrepreneur. Happily, I hear those real life stories all the time. One of those came from Lisa Sellman who was working her way up the banking ladder when bad things started to happen. You can read her short story by clicking on the link below.

Lost Her Job, Found Herself

As every entrepreneur discovers, ideas are their real stock in trade. Five upcoming events will help you uncover your best ideas, generate new ones and bring more creative thinking to your enterprise. Here are five ways to add help you build on a foundation of innovation.

Making a Living Without a Job could be called Joyfully Jobless 101. Basic principles for creating your own ideal business. Thursday, June 18, Madison, WI

Cheap Tricks: Marketing on a Shoestring is a treasure chest of ideas for making your marketing both creative and fun. Master a few basic concepts and you'll be using your pocketbook less and your imagination more. Thursday, June 18, Madison, WI

What Would an Entrepreneur Do? helps you identify and eliminate any traces of employee thinking that may have come along (uninvited) to your business. Once you clearly recognize entrepreneurial thinking, you'll want to operate from that place all of the time. Friday, June 19, Madison, WI

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Better Than Brainstorming is a lively teleclass that will show you better ways to find new ideas while also engaging in a process that will leave you feeling energized and inspired. Join Idea Artisan Alice Barry. and me and you'll take a big step forward to building an idea-filled business. Wednesday, June 24, your own home

Outsmarting Resistance makes a return visit. Resistance is a universal force that often comes disguised as rational thought, but serves to keep us in a state of frustration. Happily, resistance can be outsmarted and this teleclass will show you how to do just that. Monday, June 29, your own home.

If you'd like to join me for both teleclasses, you can take a $10 discount at checkout. And if you can't make the live class, you can still register and you'll receive the audio download the following day.

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new cover Summertime will be a behind-the-scenes time for me. As you might imagine, it's easy to stay indoors in July & August in Las Vegas. My publicist and I are starting to work on promotion plans for the 2009 version of Making a Living Without a Job. The official pub date is September 1, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of the new cover.

This morning I did a phone consultation with a man who loves the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz as much as I do. So we ended with a poetry reading. If you haven't read Hafiz, you are missing a brilliant philosopher. Track down The Vintage Man or Stop Being So Religious on the Internet for a sampling.

If you'd like to set up a phone consultation, I have some time available in the coming weeks. Send me an email at and I'll give you the details.

I'll be spending the next two months getting ready for a super busy autumn. Lots of seminars coming up including another Follow Through Camp. Details will be coming soon.

Buona fortuna,


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