August 9, 2011
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News


Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.
~ Robert Wieder


In This Issue
Becoming an Idea Detective
Curious? Get a Clue
Cultivating More Wild Ideas
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is

Barbara at Big Ben


Thousands of new mysteries appear every year as readers continue to delight in the exploits of professional and amateur sleuths. It's not just the fun of matching wits with these characters that keeps readers coming back.


We also find many of these detectives endearing, it seems to me, because they aren't perfect creatures themselves. Whether it's tv's Monk or the bemused Miss Marple, our favorites rise about their shortcomings to win a victory for justice.


Even if solving crimes for fun and profit doesn't appeal to you, it makes sense for entrepreneurs to notices what these folks have to teach us. In fact, when I'm asked, "What's the best way to become an entrepreneur?" I suggest developing good detective skills.


After all, the one big trait shared by all investigators is also shared by the most lively businessowners. Can you guess which one I mean?


Okay, here's a clue. "Seems to me if I were the Maker of the Universe," mused Bernice Fitz-Gibbon, "the people who would vex me the most would be the ones who went unseeing and unwanting through this fascinating world."


Yes, curiosity is a powerful catalyst for success at just about everything. We need to be curious about our own industry, of course, be we need to be equally curious about things that seem to have no direct bearing upon what we're up to. After all, you never know where a clue may be lurking.


Where curiosity leads depends on how willing we are to give up certainty and predictability. We must look for clues and connections that others miss. While everyone else is idly sipping their tea, the Miss Marples among us are piecing together clues, eavesdropping on conversations, following up on ideas.


So grab that magnifying glass. Launch an all-out investigation into things that have had you stumped. Perfect your investigative skills. Be a voracious idea-gatherer. Making finding solutions more important than hanging on to problems.


As Valerie Young reminds us, "Clues to your calling, clues to success are all around you." Be one of the idea detectives that notices.




Want to nurture your curiosity and go past a quick Google search that's quickly forgotten? Plunge in. Follow your curiosity wherever it leads you. Click on the link below to find a few resources and idea starters.


Joyfully Jobless Blog 





Idea Safari

Grab your pith helmet and binoculars and join me on the upcoming Idea Safari. We'll be heading out this week to explore dozens of ideas for feeding your creative spirit with Why Didn't I Think of That? This lively adventure will be heading out on Thursday, August 11, 8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT and will include: 

  • Eliminating behaviors that keep ideas away
  • Habits of creative self-bossers
  • Habitats that welcome ideas (and how to design your own)
  • How to conduct an inspiration quest
  • Two questions to ask yourself often to keep ideas flowing
  • Resources for keeping creativity alive

The following week we'll be looking at welcoming prosperity with Beyond the $100 Hour, then concluding this Idea Safari the week after that with I Hate Marketing.


"The seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us," said Joseph Henry, "but they only take root in minds prepared to receive them." Join the Idea Safari and you'll leave with a backpack full of tools for keeping ideas and money flowing.


Each exploration is just $25, but you can jump on the Jeep for all three teleclasses for the price of two. Click on the link below to get you Idea Safari ticket.


Idea Safari




Career Renegade author Jonathan Fields tackles an all-too-common obstacle in his next book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance.  


Take three minutes to watch this video of Jonathan talking about a pivotal event in his own journey.

The Uncertainty Book


Buon fortuna,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


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