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August 13, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
 
Get better at what you're best at.
~ Danielle LaPorte
In This Issue
Ready and Waiting
Now It's Your Turn
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is
Alternatives.
READY AND WAITING
Barbara and the Cowboy in SedonaThe keynote speakers are committed. The workshops are chosen. The Posse is on alert. Beautiful Lakeways Resort and Spa is holding our space. Airplane tickets are being booked. Delightful surprises are being planned. It's countdown to the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree.
 
Although I'm not often at a loss for words, I was feeling stumped when I sat down to write this. I had intended for it to be a quick reminder that time was running out to register for the Jamboree's Early Bird pricing. The block of rooms we've reserved for the event will also be released at the end of this month.
 
So how could I send a friendly reminder without sounding like a nag? I started and stopped writing several times. Nothing was doing what I wanted it to do.
 
Then I began noticing we weren't the only ones thinking that we're geared up to celebrate something more important than we may realize. Look at this evidence.
 
From Mike Dooley: Looking into his crystal ball (or whatever he uses) Mike Dooley, co-founder of the Adventurers Club, makes this forecast about the near future, "There will be fewer giant corporations, more small entrepreneurial businesses, and more women than men will be running businesses." 
 
It's an overlooked trend. Here's something I wrote a couple of years ago: Every year more than a million Americans-and hundreds of thousands of people in other countries-embark on the entrepreneur's journey. Even more entrepreneurs are blazing new trails daily in their own businesses. Yet this renaissance of self-employment remains a Quiet Revolution. Let's start making some noise.
 
Banners and bumperstickers will have to wait. This revolution needs to begin with getting informed. Get the big picture. Load up on facts. Make it your hobby to learn about as many entrepreneurs as you can.
 
Here's a question I've been a stumping my friends with lately: "What percentage of all businesses in the United States qualify as micro-businesses with 1-5 people working in them?" The answer surprises everyone-including me.
 
According to the Small Business Administration the number of microbusinesses in the U.S. accounted for 93% of all U.S. firms. Yes, that's right-93%. And how much do you think homebased businesses contributed to the US economy last year? Would you believe $500 trillion? That's what the Bureau of Statistics says.
 
From Seth Godin: Last year, Seth Godin began talking and writing about tribes, a word my seminar participants had begun using several years ago. Godin explains, "A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea. A group only needs two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate."
 
Food for thought - and appropriate to the event - but something was still missing. Then this showed up in my mailbox:
 
You've said it over and over again: invest in yourself. I wanted to tell you how glad I am to put your advice to work, and to thank you for your wisdom, encouragement and inspiration.
 
As a writer and editor, this past weekend I attended my first-ever conference for writers and other publishing industry professionals. Without your words in my brain - invest in yourself, invest in yourself, invest in yourself - I can honestly say that I don't know if I would have gone. Now I know better and am already planning for next year's conference. Given the people met, perspective gained, info learned, and confidence in my abilities reinforced, I can definitively say that attending this conference is one of the best things I've ever done for my career and my craft.
 
Please know how much I appreciate you and your work. As I progress on my own career path, it's with joy and from experience that I recommend you to people who ask how I do what I do, what helps me find my way, and how they can work towards their dreams and goals.
 
Thank you.
 
Cheers,
Anthony St. Clair

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN
Joyfully Jobless Jamboree We have sharpened our pencils to make this an event that even a greenhorn entrepreneur could afford. Then we added some other specials to reward the go-getters among us.
 
That's not the most important thing about the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree, of course. What matters most is that we are promising to deliver an event like no other, one that will impact the lives and businesses of our participants for years to come.
 
When it comes right down to it, Alice Barry, Sandy Dempsey, our Pard'ner Posse and I all share a deep commitment to nurturing the creative spirit of our fellow entrepreneurs. We don't want you to miss out on all the good things that are happening at the Jamboree.
 
Hop on over to http://jjjamboree.com and let us know you plan to be part of this Not-So-Quiet celebration of the Quiet Revolution. Early Bird pricing and hotel room specials expire on August 31.


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Buona fortuna,
 
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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