Growth does not have to mean more of the same. It can mean better rather than bigger. It can mean leaner or deeper. We have to know when big is big enough. 
~ Charles Handy

In This Issue
Postcard from Barbara
Enough is Better Than More
How Enough Looks for Marianne Cantwell
Cause to Celebrate
More Support

Postcard from Barbara
Barbara in front of Abby
Need a break from the media noise? I've considered becoming a recluse, but came to my senses and realized I truly want to stay focused on making the world a better place in a quieter, more peaceful way.  

If you are in need of encouragement to keep creating the life of your dreams, read on. I'm sharing a bit of philosophy that's made a huge difference in my life and the lives of others who've adopted this overlooked path to purposeful living.

Enough is Better Than More
Entrepreneurial spirit was everywhere during a trip to the Cotswolds with my siblings a few years ago. We rented a charming house from the enterprising Berrisfords, who have several guest cottages on an old farmstead.

About three miles from our temporary home was the tiny hamlet of Awre which boasted a few houses, a large church and the Red Hart Inn. We decided to have dinner there on Father's Day.

A friendly woman named Marcia sat us at our table and explained that she was one of the owners and didn't usually wait on tables. "I decided to give some of our staff the day off so they could be with their dads," she explained. Then she charmed us with a story about the pub's resident ghost.

It was obvious, after we'd participated in a great lunch, that the Red Hart had attracted a talented chef-and a pastry chef who made the best brownies we'd ever eaten. When we returned for a second visit and didn't find the brownies on the menu, Marcia was sympathetic. At the end of our meal, the shy young pastry chef appeared with a handwritten copy of his brownie recipe.

We kept encountering small business owners in all the villages and small towns that we visited. These experiences reminded me once again how much I enjoy dealing with small businesses-and how I cringe when I hear "Go Big or Go Home."

Another Englishman, author Charles Handy, clarified something important, but seldom mentioned in his book, The Hungry Spirit. He writes, "'How much money do you earn?' I used to ask my friends in my competitive days. I was brought up short by one who replied, 'Enough.'"

His friend went on to explain that he gave serious consideration to how much money he needed and made sure that's what he earned. Handy goes on to point out that most of us have never determined what enough means and think, like John D. Rockefeller, that enough is just one more.

But, Handy says, we realize in many areas of life more isn't better. It we eat more than enough or drink more than enough, we feel worse, not better. Yet when it comes to achievement, we haven't figured that out. 

"My wife and I, since we became self-employed portfolio people," Handy writes, "have regularly sat down each year and worked out what we need to live on. This process has freed up a lot of our time, because once the enough is guaranteed, there's no need or desire to spend time on making more than enough."

Creating your own definition of enough is a challenge worth taking on. As Handy learned himself, once you figure it out, "the sooner you will taste abundance and the freer you will be."

How Enough Looks for Marianne Cantwell
"Marianne Cantwell works hard for half of the year and spends the rest of it travelling. Sounds amazing, right?" Want to learn more?

 
A Cause to Celebrate
Noticing and celebrating milestones adds to our pleasure-even without throwing a big party. When those milestones are things you might not have imagined, they're even sweeter. 

That's how I've been feeling with the 30th anniversary of the publication of Winning Ways newsletter and 23rd anniversary of the publication of Making a Living Without a Job

The next issue of Winning Ways will be going out at the end of this month. As I wrote in that issue, "I like to imagine that when you open your mailbox and see it waiting for you, it's a reminder that you mean business. That your success matters. That there's nothing trivial about the enterprise you're working to build. 
 
"I'm also reminded that it takes a bit of courage to even subscribe to this newsletter since it's going to disempower some cherished excuses. Thank you for being one of the brave ones who welcomes me into your home."

If you'd like to add Winning Ways to your cheering squad, sign up now and I'll send you the May/June issue as a bonus. 
More Support
The response to the teleclass audio sale has been great with many listeners coming back for more after hearing their first audio. The sale goes on for a few more days so if you'd like to have me as a walking companion or in-house tutor, here's the place to find dozens of useful guides for your Joyfully Jobless Journey
Buon Viaggio,
 
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. 



Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.