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August 5, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Owning a business and working for
one are as different as chalk and cheese.
~ Paul Hawken
In This Issue
The Best Boss You Ever Had
Still Not Connected?
It Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think
Add to Your Portfolio
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
It's probably no surprise that National Boss's Day has not been a holiday I celebrate. It's been so long since I've had a boss that I can't even recall the name of my last one.

However, when somebody mentioned this momentous event on Twitter last year, I perked up. Wouldn't it be fun to turn this into a little celebration for folks who don't have a boss, I mused. Then I forgot all about it.
A couple of months later, Alice Barry, Sandy Dempsey and I were in the early stages of planning the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree when Sandy  pointed out that the dates we'd chosen coincided with National Boss's Day.
That led me to investigate a bit further. According to Wikipedia, "Boss's Day  is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. The holiday has been the source of some controversy and criticism in the United States, where it is often mocked as a Hallmark Holiday."
For millions of people, having a boss is, of course, a normal part of their work. Some people spend years aspiring to be the boss without realizing they could declare themselves the boss of their own enterprise immediately.
There's a favorite graphic I found years ago that says, "There are two ways to get ahead: agree with the boss or be the boss." Those of us who have chosen the latter, soon discover that being the boss brings with it responsibilities and opportunities we never imagined during our days having a boss.
Still, being the boss of a one-person operation is rarely suggested as a career option by parents and guidance counselors--unless they are self-employed themselves. I think it's time that self-employment got a new press agent.
Thanks to a Facebook friend, I saw a wonderful book that illustrates the joy of self-employment in a most delightful way. Although it's a children's picture book, you don't need to have children or grandchildren of your own in order to make the acquaintance of Kathleen T. Pelley's Inventor McGregor.
This story concerns the extraordinarily creative Hector McGregor who is a hero in his small town because of his problem-solving skills. He invents solutions for all kinds of problems, inspired by his family and the outdoors where he walks everyday.
When word reaches the Royal Inventors Society of his talents, they recruit him and bring him to the city, plunk him down in a big empty room with a drawing board and order him to create. Devoid of the things that inspire him, McGregor produces nothing. After all, that's something to celebrate every day.
This cautionary tale, which has a happy ending, of course, is the kind of book many of us wish we'd had when we were growing up. At the very least, we might have avoided years of wondering what was wrong with us when we dreaded dealing with a less than kindly boss.
Nora Watson has another explanation. She said, "Most of us have have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Jobs are not big enough for people."
Happily, there's an alternative, one discovered by Inventor McGregor and millions of others who have decided to be their own boss. If you're not one of them, what are you waiting for?

If you already are the best boss you've ever had, are you taking good care of the biggest asset your business has?
Flat Barbara at Coney IslandWhen Alice Barry suggested we round up a posse to help with the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree, I knew it was a great idea. It's also been great fun getting to know this enthusiastic group of self-bossers who can't wait to connect with participants.
The Pard'ner Posse has also been busy showing Flat Barbara their own entrepreneurial adventures. I especially love that Lynn Girardi decided to show Flat Barbara the original Nathan's Hot Dog Stand on Coney Island.
Here's the profile for one of the Posse who also happens to be the only Texan in the group.
Name: Steve Coxsey
World Headquarters: near the shores of Grapevine Lake in north Texas
Web Address:
Business Name: Twisting Road
Business Purpose: Custom Designing Life and Work
Current project I'm working on: Writing a manuscript called Anything But Marketing! to teach people new to self-employment and marketing enough of the basics of marketing so that they can make an informed choice before signing up for expensive marketing training or purchasing a marketing system.
Person I'd most like to meet for a chat at Starbucks:Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar
Movie every entrepreneur should see: Born Into Brothels
Book every entrepreneur should read: Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.
People who knew me in high school thought I was:intelligent, guarded, shy, and intense
I'd like to see my picture on: the author's page of a bestselling novel
Worst idea I ever had: Using our Grand Cherokee to pull out fence posts in the pasture (it got stuck and burned up)
My motto is: cultivate people
A favorite quote is: "Our thoughts create our reality.  Where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go." ~ Peter McWilliams
I can talk for hours about: way too much stuff
The one thing everyone has tried but me is: pot
The best thing about being joyfully jobless is: Meeting creative, vibrant people who live outside of boxes.

Joyfully Jobless Jamboree "Celebrate what you want more of," advises the outspoken Tom Peters. That's exactly what we intend to do at the upcoming Joyfully Jobless Jamboree. The gorgeous Lakeways Resort in Austin, TX is going to see the liveliest celebration of National Boss's Day in the country. This festive occasion comes from the heart-not out of duty or obligation.
Extraordinary speakers, workshops and relaxation are on the agenda. The Jamboree kicks off Friday, October 15 at 9:10 a.m. Activities, possibilities and opportunities will present themselves all day and into the evening.
Festivities will continue all day on Saturday, October 16, which is also National Bosses Day. We look forward to redefining that day with you.
If you've been dithering, it's time to decide to join us. Not only can you take a nice discount on registration, rumor has it that several airlines, including Frontier and Southwest, have some great fares at the moment.
And, yes, you may have your picture taken with the original Flat Barbara, if you choose.

Joyfully Jobless Jamboree

Joyfully Jobless Card
Most people know Jason Mraz as a performer, but he has another business growing avocados. In this short interview, he reveals he's also a philosopher of the Joyfully Jobless life.

Jason Mraz
Buona fortuna,
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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