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December 4, 2010
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News

I dream of a day when career counselors don't have lists of what you can be, but listen to the way your voice drops in holy reverence when you speak a desire that has no label and no limits.
~ Tama J Kieves

In This Issue
Do Your Dreams Know You Mean Business?
Five Ways to Be an Angel This Holiday
Personal Update
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
Let's Review.
Barbara next to Inspiring TreeAccording to Wikipedia, singer Josh Groban has sold nearly 20 million albums in his short career. One evening he told his Twitter followers that he'd just finished a two hour voice lesson and "think it's time to turn pro."

So why would a rich and famous performer keep taking lessons? More to the point, why would a would-be entrepreneur or freelancer or traveler not be investing in their dreams?

It's that second question that keeps me awake nights. Brazen Careerist Penelope Trunk had a particularly interesting piece about that called Frugality is a Career Tool.

She wrote "I have earned a lot of money in my life. But I have never had an extravagant life. I don't own a house. I've never bought a new car. I've never bought a new piece of living room furniture, and I do not own a single piece of real jewelry. What I have spent money on was always intended to help me with my career. That was so I know that I can always earn money doing something I love."

If you want good things to happen, you've got to take the first step, ask for the date, risk being turned down. Otherwise you're just practicing wishful thinking, which is neither active nor useful.

How do you notify your dreams that you mean business? Here are a few of my favorite ways.

Get equipped. In Making a Living Without a Job, I tell the story about how things changed for me when I splurged (or so it seemed at the time) on a passport. After years of failing to find a way to bring my travel dreams to life, I got serious and started getting ready for a trip. I bought guidebooks, I thought about my itinerary and wardrobe.

In less than a year, I was headed for the UK. Ever since, my passport has been called into service at least twice a year.

Get dressed. When my granddaughter showed up at breakfast wearing a fancy dress and rainboots before heading out to kindergarten, her father took one look and said "Lose the boots."

Zoe was having none of it. "Dad," she explained, "I'm an artist. I can wear what I want."

Costumes are essential to theater and they're equally essential to building a dream. At the very least, dressing for your dream helps you maintain focus.

Make space. In Eric Maisel's The Creativity Book, he advises, "By designating a room as your writing study or rearranging your garage so your band can practice in it, you are setting up a sacred space and honoring your commitment to realize your creative potential."

A successful writer observed, "I don't know where inspiration comes from, but I know that it shows up at my desk every morning when I sit down to write."

Get connected. Transplant yourself into a dreambuilding environment as often as possible. Gather with others who are motivated and proactive.

Make idea gathering your favorite hobby. Listen to inspiring speakers and read eloquent authors who have taken a higher path.

Refuse to believe that you aren't a good investment because, quite simply, if you want your dreams to show up, you've got to show up first. And when you arrive, show 'em you mean business.

Shane dreamed of being a writer, but was making no progress at getting published. Then he opened his Christmas gift from his sister and found she had invested in his dream by giving him a copy of Writer's Market.

"That vote of confidence was almost more powerful than the information in the book," he says. Not only did he go on to become a published writer, today he also runs a small publishing company and helps others realize their dreams of seeing their books in print.

Seems to me that this is a perfect time to don some angel wings and show your support for someone else's dreams. If that dreamer is an aspiring (or launched) entrepreneur, here are a few suggestions for adding angel power to business building dreams.


Give a Gift of Time

Almost every small business owner has an Undone To Do List tucked in a drawer. Offer to help with errand running, resource locating, or baby-sitting. Be clear that you are doing so with the intention of helping them build their dream. Decide together how that can best be accomplished and set a regular time to serve as support.

Help Build a Dream Library


After Sandy Jayne ordered two copies of Seminar in a Sentence, she sent for another four copies saying, "We need more of these for stocking stuffers. We're delighted with your little gem of a book!"

We're not all inspired by the same books, of course, but if you have a personal favorite, this is the time to share it. Like Shane's copy of Writer's Market, a book can show the recipient that you believe they can.

If you'd like to surprise a friend with something new, there are plenty of terrific titles to chose from this year. I just finished reading Manifesting Change, the latest (and I think the best) from Mike Dooley, author of Notes From the Universe. Another new favorite of mine is Donald Miller's personal tale, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

A friend with wanderlust would delight in Nancy Pearl's Book Lust To Go. Scott Stratten's Unmarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. would fit anyone building a business.

Support a Stranger

Since increasing entrepreneurial spirit all over the planet is a mission of mine, I've been a longtime supporter of Kiva, which makes small loans to small businesses throughout the world and Heifer, which works to build self-reliance through gifts of livestock.

You can join these causes yourself or give a gift to either organization on behalf of a friend.

Seed a Project

Encourage someone's dreambuilding by starting a fund. You could put a small amount of cash in a piggy bank or special box that's designated for building capital for a specific purpose. If a Joyfully Jobless friend wants to attend a seminar and you've got a pile of frequent flyer miles gathering dust, pass them along.

Too many people discard dreams because they don't have everything they need to make it happen. Seeds are a great reminder that step by step is the way to see more of our dreams come true.

Become an Electric Monk

Ever since I heard about this, I've loved the notion of the Electric Monk. The idea comes from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, a quirky novel by Douglas Adams.

According to the story, an Electric Monk is a household appliance whose purpose is to believe something on the owner's behalf until they're ready to believe it themselves. I'd so love to have my own Electric Monk and I bet you know someone who'd love it as well.

Hold the dream for someone else until they're ready to assume custody.


new coverMy fingers are crossed that I'll be settling into my new World Headquarters by mid-December. Of course, I anticipate being completely absorbed by that for a week or so.

Wanted to remind you that if you want to order either Making a Living Without a Job or Seminar in a Sentence to give as Christmas gifts, sooner would be better since I also happen to be the shipping department.

Also wanted to alert you to the fact that many new events will be coming up in 2011 including more teleclasses, retreats and a really exciting new seminar that I'll be launching asap. Stay tuned.
Buona fortuna,
Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

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