December 28, 2011
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News

 The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.  

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Barbara Online

Cirque statue

While the media has been busily reporting on economic turmoil in Las Vegas, Zappos' founder Tony Hsieh, who intentionally set up shop there in 2004, has been building another dream known as The Downtown Project.


The purpose of this project is to reinvigorate the dilapidated area of downtown Las Vegas. Focused on key community issues like Art and Culture, Community and CoWorking, Education, Entrepreneurship, Tech, and Urban Development, the team plans to transform downtown Las Vegas into the most community--focused large city in the world.


That's a bold mission, of course, but this is the perfect place to make it happen. Las Vegas is, after all, a place of surprises.


Most of the millions of visitors who come every year are oblivious to the fact that the community is an entrepreneurial hotbed. Not all businesses in Las Vegas are hotels and casinos, after all. Small businesses thrive there as well. Between 1998 and 2003, the number of small businesses in Las Vegas increased 58.5 percent making it the biggest increase of any metropolitan area in the country.


How does a place become an entrepreneurial hotbed? The conventional wisdom says, "Location, location, location," but that's not what Las Vegas had going for it. For starters, it's in the middle of a desert. Starting a business in a difficult climate (before air conditioning) seemed downright crazy. Add to that the fact that their nearest customers lived 300 miles away (before air travel) and it seems even crazier to think that the entrepreneurial spirit could flourish here.


But flourish it has and in many ways it appears to have done so because its obstacles were so enormous that it required huge doses of entrepreneurial thinking to overcome those built-in challenges. 


Nick Williams said it best when he declared, "They dream bold in Las Vegas." That's been true from its earliest days. A documentary on the history of Las Vegas talked about Bugsy Siegel, the first person to build a big hotel there. "Where others only saw sand," said the narrator, "he saw a playground." 


That boldness continues to infect the place with astonishing results. CBS Sunday Morning did a story about how Las Vegas has become the creative epicenter of the country. As the piece pointed out, it's a city that is totally the creation of  human imagination. The piece went on to say that what happens in Las Vegas may affect creativity in the entire world. 


That creative climate has attracted entrepreneurs from throughout the world including Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil. Bringing his business to Las Vegas was another idea that seemed crazy at the start, but Laliberte was guided by his vision. He contends that Las Vegas is the best place in the world for creative experimentation. 


Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his life studying what he called self-actualization. He believed that if we had a model of the healthiest among us, we could learn from it and uncover more of our own potential. Maslow also believed that not doing so came with consequences. He wrote, "If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life. You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities. Our real guilt is the result of our failure to live up to our potential."


When we allow ourselves to dream bold, we open ourselves to our potential. Our imaginations become engaged. We begin to discover--as Maslow found--that we are capable of more then we suspected. We find confidence we never knew we had. We begin to attract people and resources and ideas that we need. Those are rewards that are not available to the timid dreamer, but they're thriving in the Nevada desert.


That makes Las Vegas the ideal spot to explore your boldest dreams. That's precisely what Terri Belford and I will be doing at our upcoming event. If you're ready for personalized, innovative problem solving, there's still time to join us in January for an intimate 2-day mastermind where we'll focus on your business your way.


If you're ready to add more doing to your dreaming, find out more HERE


Reminder: Register before December 31 and not only will you get the Early Bird discount, you'll get a nice deduction on your 2011 taxes.



Barbara on the Stairs

Although I'm no expert on Chinese astrology, I was intrigued to learn that we're entering the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese consider Dragon years to be the best times to get married and have children or start a business.  


There are lots of positive energies for growth at work in 2012 courtesy of the Water Dragon's influential progressive spirit. In a Water Dragon led year everyone should be inspired to contemplate the grasping of new opportunities and directions that may present themselves in 2012.


I'm already gearing up to take advantage of the Dragon energy and hope you are, too. This could be the start of something wonderful--if we are determined to make it an astonishing new year.



Anno nuovo felice, 


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


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