In This Issue
-- FEEDING YOUR TRAVEL BUG
-- A NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR THE JOYFULLY JOBLESS
-- GOING PLACES OR STAYING STUCK?
-- WANT TO MEET ENTREPRENEURIAL GYPSIES?
As you read this issue, think about these
words from Robert Middleton:
I'm gonna stop learning ABOUT things and start
learning how to DO things. And then do 'em!
FEEDING YOUR TRAVEL BUG
After a summer spent at home, my wanderlust
is more than a little restless. Happily, I'll
be hitting the road again soon after a month
of practicing what the Italians call far
niente, the art of doing nothing. It
wasn't always this way, of course. For years,
I was thwarted in my attempts to see the
world. That all changed when I realized I
could create a business that incorporated travel.
It's one of the more delightful bonuses of
the entrepreneurial life that we not only can
earn money as we travel, we also can be far
more selective about our travels than those
worn out corporate types whom we
see dragging themselves through airports.
Creative thinking can give your travel dreams
a big boost, of course.So can giving up the
thought that you must always pay in order to
go places. An entrepreneurial position is
more about being paid to see the world.
It's equally important that the work you are
being paid to do is
richly satisfying in and of itself. Too many
people have put up with toxic jobs for the
occasional travel benefits. If working for
the airlines or joining the military is your
grandest dream, by all means go for it. If
not, you're making a bad trade.
Whether you're doing research for a book you
intend to write or buying jewelry to sell on
eBay, your travels will take on a grander
dimension if they're an intrinsic part of a
bigger goal. Here are some other tips for
getting your travel bug fed:
* Build confidence at home. You could
plop down in Venezuela and offer your
services as a Web designer for companies
wanting an English Web site. It makes more
sense to figure out your marketing strategy
and delivery system before you go by actually
starting such a business in your own
backyard. While you may find unexpected
opportunities in a
distant place, at least part of your plan
should include operating from your experience
* Become really good at what you
do.Your mastery will be as good as a
passport for opening new vistas. If you are a
freelance anything (well, almost
anything) adding a portable profit center to
your enterprises should be fairly easy. Your
clients don't all have to live in close
proximity so why not find some in an exotic
locale? If you do, don't be surprised if the
fact that you've come from afar adds to your
and leads to even more clients.
* Develop your ability to spot
opportunity. You don't have to act on
every great idea you get, but you do have to
open your mind to the
fact that opportunities are everywhere.
Challenge yourself to find
problems that need solving or needs that are
unmet. If you are
constantly on the alert, you will find
opportunities that cry out for
your attention. Get in the habit of thinking
up ways you could take
advantage of neglected ideas.
Once you begin to see for yourself how many
possibilities exist, you
will know beyond all doubt that you can find
opportunities no matter where you are. If
you're willing to do the
work to profit from them, you're on your way
to becoming an intrepid traveler with a
well-fed (and grateful) travel bug.
A NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR THE JOYFULLY JOBLESS
When VW reintroduced the Beetle, one of their
ads declared, "If you sold your soul in the
eighties, here's your chance to buy it back."
I loved that slogan, but the Beetle ad that
that always made me smile
declared, "If you were good in a
previious lifetime, you get to come back as
something better." It seems to me that both
those slogans could also apply to the
revised and updated Making a Living
Without a Job. It's the same book,
only better.Things have changed dramatically
since that book appeared in 1993 so the new
version is loaded with fresh information. Not
only is there a terrific new resource section
the new version also includes:
* A lovely intro by Steve Strauss, online
columnist for USA Today and author of
The Small Business Bible
* A new chapter called, "What Are the Odds in
Times Like These?"
* Updates and new examples in every chapter
After August 25, you can find it at your
favorite bookseller. You can pre-order it
online now. And if you'd like an autographed
copy, you can click on the link below. If you
order it from me before October 1, shipping
Making a Living Without a Job
GOING PLACES OR STAYING STUCK?
You may have heard this story before since
it's one of my favorites. (If so, bear with
me. I'm telling it to make a point.) My
Vogt and I were having coffee one day when he
said, "I've got this idea for a book and
wanted to see what you think about it."
"Have you started writing yet?" I asked.
"It's in my head," he said sheepishly.
"Peter," I pointed out lovingly, "you can't
sell a book that's in your head."
I'm happy to report that there are now three
books in my library with Peter's name on the
cover. I also know that there are thousands
of books, millions of creations and countless
terrific business ideas that are still
walking around in someone's head.
That's precisely why I created Follow
Through Camp. If you've got one of those
poor, neglected ideas hanging around and
you're ready to bring it to life, join Alice
Barry and me, along with other joyfully
jobless folks, at Follow Through Camp.
Not only will the distraction--free
environment give your imagination room to
play. You'll leave with clarity, confidence
and a commitment--and some practical tools--for
making your idea a reality.
This isn't a Fix All Your Problems event.
It's two days of hands-on, roll up your
sleeves, let's figure this out together. It's
immersion in creative thinking,
problem-solving and idea-generating. It's
more about your ideas and less about our
agenda. Quite simply, Follow Through
Camp is a highly interactive, small group
event that can save you months of trial and
error. If that wasn't enough, Minnesota is
lovely in September.
Enroll before August 15 and take advantage of
the Early Bird pricing. (Enroll even earlier
if you want to be sure of getting a spot.
We're filling up fast.)
Follow Through Camp
WANT TO MEET ENTREPRENEURIAL GYPSIES?
Come on over to Twitter. There are dozens of
people who are traveling and running a
business hanging out over there. They'll
expand your horizons, just like they're
And if you want to follow me, I'm known on
Twitter as @joblessmuse.
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