September 14, 2012 
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Lisa,

If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you. ~ Jim Rohn

In This Issue
Back to School, Back to Business
Need Ideas? Conduct a Quest
Missed an Idea Safari?
Hello, Sacramento
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
Making Peace with Money

Barbara in a red cape

Children in my part of the world returned to school a month ago. Having spent twenty years doing the same every autumn, I still think of September as the real new year so I've been spending the past two months busily doing behind-the-scenes projects in anticipation.


You'll be seeing all sorts of new things coming from Joyfully Jobless World Headquarters in the next year, along with some old favorites. After two years of serious nesting in my new hometown, I'm ready to indulge my wanderlust.


Like to bring some creative self-employment ideas and inspiration to your part of the world (and create a profit center for yourself)? I'm eager to form several collaborations to bring my lively learning weekends to new audiences. Send a message to and I'll fill you in on how we can make that happen.


During the Middle Ages, knights set out in droves in search of the Holy Grail. Many of these quests lasted for years and, as you may recall, did not end in success. Of course, other adventures awaited them  along the way so even though the goal remained elusive, it did not deter those hearty pilgrims from setting out over and over again.


As much as I loved those romantic stories when we studied them in school, I don't recall any teacher suggesting we follow in the footsteps of those explorers.


It seems to me that there'd be considerably less frustration in this world if more modern day Sir Galahads took up a quest of their own.


What about conducting a Passion Quest? Or an Inspiration Quest? Or a Joyfully Jobless Quest? Or an I Need a New Adventure Quest?


With that in mind, here are some things to include when embarking on your next quest.


  • Sharpen your focus. This isn't about aimless wandering, after all, so taking time to get clear about the purpose of your expedition is important. Don't just consider the destination, however. Before starting out get as clear as possible about the benefits and rewards you expect to receive.

    If, for instance, you're conducting a search to find ways to turn a passion into a profit center, the rewards could include more fun, more money, more satisfaction, more opportunities, more creative activity, plus new and interesting people.    
  • Prepare for the trip. My granddaughter started playing soccer again a few weeks ago. She told me that on the first night of practice, a new team member showed up wearing flip-flops. Zoe was incredulous and wondered if the girl's mother had never seen a soccer game.

    Your quest may require a bit of preliminary research as well. Or it may require regular pep talks  to get you moving. Most importantly, embark on any quest with an open mind. 
  • Refuse to be thrown off course. If you're traveling into new territory, expect that detours, dead ends and dragons will be part of your experience. These don't have to be stop signs, however. Savvy travelers use twists and turns to clarify their objectives and intensify their commitment.

    Remember, too, that just because you have not yet found what you're looking for doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Keep going. 
  • Join forces with fellow seekers. One of the pleasant surprises of a new exploration is discovering others who share your curiosity. We live in a world of parallel universes so connect with those who can share their knowledge, experience and expertise with you.  
  • Record your journey. Take good notes-and photographs, if appropriate. Gather ideas and supporting material in a file.

    We tend to think our memories are more reliable than they actually are. As Richard Bach reminded us, "'I'll never forget this,' is the Devil's whisper." 
  • Ask questions that pull you forward. Too many of us ask questions that stop us in our tracks. A question such as, "Why aren't I motivated?" doesn't produce the same outcome as asking, "What can I do to bring more inspiration into my life and the lives of those around me?"

    "At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become," says Leo Babauta.

    Listen to the questions you ask yourself and others and see if they are opening the doors to creativity and opportunity-or producing the opposite result.  
Is it worth it to embark on a quest? Ralph Waldo Emerson believed it was. As he wrote in a lovely poem, "They shall return, More than they were."


You will, too.


Idea Safari

The Idea Safari teleclasses have been enormously popular. Every one of them is jam-packed with great information and fresh ideas for building a better business. One participant called them a trek through the jungle of possibilities, which is exactly what I had in mind when I created them.


If you haven't participated, or are ready for another excursion, I'm offering a sale on audios. Normally bargain-priced at $29, you can order any audio for just $20 OR bundle 3 of your favorites for $50.


Choose from explorations on Creating and Managing Multiple Profit Centers, Building Expert Status, Turning Personal Experiences into Profit Centers-and more.


Sale ends on October 1st so jump on board soon.


Idea Safari Recordings


My one and only 2012 visit to Sacramento is coming up at the end of September. If you're in the area and are curious about making a living without a job or creating a business that supports your travel or building expert status, join me at the Learning Exchange on the 28th and 29th. Click here for the scoop.

Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


P.S. On occasion, I may receive a commission or compensation when you participate or purchase a product or service I recommend. That being said, I strive to always offer useful content and resources in each issue of Joyfully Jobless News.
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