September 28, 2011
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News

  The will to prepare to win is more important than the will to win. Preparing usually means doing those kinds of things that failures don't like to do. It means studying and learning. It means reading books, going to seminars. It means not being afraid to corner experts and ask foolish questions.~ Robert G. Allen   



In This Issue
Preparing to Win
Like a True Story?
My Birthday's Coming and I've Got a Gift for You
Make Colorado Even More Colorful
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
The Perpetual Learner

Barbara in front of Abby


My mentor Bob Conklin, who was an author and speaker as well as the founder of several businesses, told me that he and his wife once sat down and made a list of everything they'd spent money on over the years. The list included real estate, furnishings, investments of all kinds. Then they calculated the returns on those investments.

"Clearly, the biggest dividends came from the time and money we had spent on personal development," Bob said. "Beyond anything else, those things not only gave us the greatest satisfaction, but enabled us to earn more money. No other investment even came close."

As a person who has traveled halfway across the country to attend a seminar, and even further to conduct one, I can't imagine why everyone hasn't discovered the joy of participating in events that have the power to change our lives for the better.

I once consulted an expert on the subject, a man who headed a human resource department in a large company before becoming self-employed. He was also a committed student of his own growth and frequently attended seminars to expand himself. My question to him was, "What keeps people from participating in seminars?"

"Self-doubt keeps us from doing many things," he wisely explained. "At some point, we might be fortunate enough to realize that the only person interfering with our performance is ourselves. Our job, then, is to learn to quiet the self-doubter inside of us so the performer can take over and go forward. That's the point at which people begin to open themselves up to the idea of enrolling in a class or seminar that might benefit them."

Consider what happened to Donnie Nair, a successful real estate salesperson who came to her success after being a housewife, mother and civil servant. Of those earlier years she say, "I was absolutely happy and had no ambition whatsoever."

So what unleashed this super saleswoman who continuously broke sales records? Nair says it sneaked up on her when she was sitting in a sales seminar one day. "It was like a light went off in my head. I just knew he was talking about me. Success really was available to anyone who wanted it." Once she made the inner connection with high performance, her business took off like a rocket. "It didn't matter what goals I set for myself," she recalls. "I always surpassed them."

Ironically, getting yourself to a seminar may, in fact, be more important than what happens in the seminar. When you are willing to spend your time and money to expose yourself to new ideas, new techniques for doing things, you are also sending a strong message to your subconscious mind about your own worth.

Conversely, not investing in this way also sends a strong message.

What would you like to be better at? Speaking German? Creative marketing?
Managing your time? Boosting your emotional intelligence?

You can accelerate your progress at anything by learning more about it. Best of all, an investment in yourself is the one thing that no one can ever take from you. No matter what is happening in the economy or where interest rates are headed or if real estate is up or down, the investment you make in your personal growth-and continue to make- never stops paying dividends.

Keep in mind that learning isn't just about acquiring information. In this age of the Internet, information overload is becoming a common phenomenon. As wonderful as it is to have access to all that information, there is also important learning that goes on in a classroom or hotel meeting room that is the result of interacting with others.

Socrates said, "Let him who would move the world, first move himself." So study and learn all you can. Take advantage of every resource you can find. You never know what might happen if you do. Like Donnie Nair, you could be sitting in a roomful of strangers and suddenly meet yourself.




Several years ago, Time magazine ran a regular feature called Turning Points. They invited people from different walks of life to talk about times that made a difference for them.

One of the most memorable was written by comedian Martin Short who found himself in a new city with no sense of direction for his life. Although his moment didn't happen in a seminar, it was not unlike Donnie Nair's experience. I urge you to read his story for yourself.  



Winning WaysAlmost everyone who sets out on the Joyfully Jobless Journey feels a little lonely at first. That's one of the reasons I began publishing Winning Ways newsletter 25 years ago. Personal experience had shown me that new undertakings are frequently accompanied by backsliding, doubts and sabotage.

My subscribers tell me that just finding Winning Ways in their mailbox reminds them to stay the course. Besides the on-going encouragement, it's packed with ideas, resources and stories of others who are building the business of their dreams.

The next issue is about to arrive from the printer. The theme is Creating a Unique Enterprise and it includes one of my favorite pieces called Money for Fun.

If you aren't a subscriber yet, I'd love to have you along. Join me before my birthday on October 10, I'll send you my birthday gift, a copy of Seminar in a Sentence, a collection of my favorite quotes on creativity, success and entrepreneurship.

New Subscriber Special


There's plenty of entrepreneurial spirit making things better in Colorado, but there's room for even more. Join me this weekend at Colorado Free University and learn how to Establish Yourself as an Expert, Make a Living Without a Job, or put creative marketing ideas to work for you.

If you missed it, check out The Rockies Aren't the Only Inspiring Thing About Colorado at Buon Viaggio blog and meet some of my previous CFU students. 


Buon Viaggio Blog


Or just head over to CFU's site and sign up now.  


Buon fortuna,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


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