August 9, 2012 
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Lisa,

When I do and say what everyone else says and does, then no one calls me irresponsible. But at that time, I am. ~ Barry Stevens

In This Issue
Postcard From Barbara
Come On A Safari With Me
Come On A Safari With Me
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is
Making Peace with Money
POSTCARD FROM BARBARA

Dragons in Vegas

It's no secret that I've been on a mission to spread as much entrepreneurial spirit as possible. It has not always been an easy path, but I'm ramping up my efforts. For starters, this month's theme at Buon Viaggio blog is Catch the Spirit.

 

Here's a little bit of what I had to say about that in the introductory post: A small success, reclaiming a neglected passion or a glimpse of a bigger vision can do the trick. You can speed up the process by exposing yourself to people who are already infected. 

But be warned: while the entrepreneurial spirit is contagious, there's also no known remedy for it. Once caught, it tends to hang around. It thrives on repeated exposure to others who are also infected.

 

There's also a brand new Idea Safari coming up that includes two programs making their debut. All three explorations are designed to give you tools and resources for adding more Joyfully Jobless adventure to your life. There are more details about those upcoming excursions farther down the page.

 

That's just for starters. I'll be announcing some other new projects soon.

 

END THIS EPIDEMIC NOW

Even though Jason Reitman grew up with a film director father, he thought he might become a doctor. When he discussed this idea with his dad, the elder Reitman gave him the same advice his father had given him when he was thinking about taking a corporate job. "There's not enough magic in it," he suggested. Apparently Jason Reitman agreed and at the ripe old age of thirty he was nominated for an Academy

Award for directing Juno.

   

I wish there were more Grandpa Reitmans in the world. If so, we wouldn't be seeing this epidemic of what I've named Adventure Deficit Disorder.The symptoms are easy to spot: lack of enthusiasm coupled with loads of self-doubt enhanced by frustration and dissatisfaction.Instead of adventure, life for many has been about accumulation. It's hard to have a life of creation if you've created a life of maintenance.

 

I've been musing about this ADD epidemic a great deal lately, and remembered the

exact moment when I knew that I wanted to live a life where adventure was given a leading role.

 

It happened between my sophomore and junior years of high school. (I realize that many of my readers may be too young to recognize the person who inspired this early adventure.) Here's what happened.

   

During a hot muggy Minnesota summer, I heard that Ricky Nelson would be performing at the State Fair. I immediately began to beg my parents about to drive me the seventy-five miles to see the concert. For many residents of my small town, a trip to the State Fair was about as big an adventure as they allowed themselves every year, but I got the idea that I didn't just want to sit in the grandstand. I wanted to meet my idol. How was that ever going to happen?

   

I'm not sure how came up with my plan, but I do recall it took several days for me to gather my courage. I marched into the office of our little weekly newspaper and made a proposal to our editor. Might he be able to get me a press pass to attend the pre-concert interview? In exchange, I'd write an article for the paper. He said he'd see what he could do. .

 

When Mr. Hauck called to tell me my press pass had arrived, I was wildly excited and extremely frightened. A few terror-filled weeks later, I found myself in a dark little room with several actual journalists-and the shy Ricky Nelson.

   

I still have the yellowed newspaper clipping of that momentous event, but that wasn't the biggest souvenir of my experience. Not by a long shot. That bold risk was genuine evidence that it was possible to create fascinating adventures.

   

So what's an adventure anyway? My favorite definition says "an adventure is any undertaking the outcome of which cannot be known at the outset." It's the polar opposite of living with scheduled certainty. Adventure is propelled by curiosity, imagination and a willingness to be delighted  by the unexpected.

   

You don't need a trip down the Amazon to qualify as an adventurer.You do, however, have to be an active participant in creating an adventurous life.

 

So why do so many people living in this rich, fascinating world suffer from Adventure Deficit Disorder? Fear of the unknown, years of advice to play it safe and disapproval of others has kept untold numbers of adventures from being  born, but those aren't the only villains.

 

Happily, it's never too late to add more adventure to our lives, but is it worth it? Writer Victoria Moran believes it is. As she points out, "Every time you put for the effort to do something thrilling, life will etch the joy somewhere that shows."

 



COME ON A SAFARI WITH ME

 

After spending years in school and getting my daughter ready every year to head back in September, I tend to think of this time of year as the real New Year. It seems reasonable that after a summer that usually includes more personal activities and a bit of benign neglect for my business, I head into fall loaded with new energy and new projects. Idea Safari

 

I know I'm not the only one that feels this way so it seemed a perfect time to end the summer with an Idea Safari series loaded with tools to help add momentum to your new year (or late mid-year).

 

The series blasts off on Thursday, August 16 with Creating and Managing Multiple Profit Centers. Few businesses, no matter how large or how small, can survive with only a single income source. Besides the difficulty of creating cash flow, having a single source is not nearly as much fun as having several or many ways to earn money. This Safari will show you how to build your own portfolio without driving yourself crazy.

 

The following excursion on Thursday, August 23 explores one of the easiest, but most overlooked, ways of creating a profit center. The second Safari travels into Turning Personal Experiences Into Profit Centers. While it could be argued that every business is informed and influenced by our personal experiences, a great deal of opportunity goes unused if we fail to see the potential in unique things we have to offer. We'll also be talking about ways to uncover opportunities that may be hiding in plain sight.

 

We wrap up this Idea Safari on Thursday, August 30, focusing on More Adventure, Please. Besides exploring the ways to invite more adventure into every day life, we'll also examine some profit center ideas that will delight your curiosity.

 

All Idea Safari excursions will be live from 8-9 PM Eastern, 5-6 PM Pacific and will include an audio download of the program. Each teleclass is just $25, but you can register for the entire series for $50. Everyone who registers for the series will be entered in a drawing for a copy of Steven Pressfield's War of Art and my favorite collection of quotes, Seminar in a Sentence.

 

The Idea Safari is leaving soon, so sign up now if you're ready for these adventure starters.

 

Idea Safari 

 

Buon Viaggio,

 

Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 

 

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