Ask whether you can do something and
your mind produces a list of pros and cons.
Ask how you can do something and you mind comes up with all the ways to do it.
Which is going to move you forward?
~ John Williams
|Buon Viaggio Blog|
The theme this month is
|NOTE FROM BARBARA|
About the time I'd written on my blog, "You can
either have your excuses or you can have your dreams. You can't have both", I
got this e-mail from Jami Yanowski that began, "Most of your blog, newsletter
and Winning Ways readers are now well aware that we are planning
the inaugural Joyfully Jobless Jamboree in Austin, Texas in
October. The Jamboree is going to be a huge
celebration of self-employment, with like minded people attending, fabulous
speakers and interactive workshops. Sounds great to me. It's a good thing I
already signed up! " |
Jami really wanted to share something with you
and I'm certain many of you will identify with her story.
|HOW I LEARNED TO AFFORD WHAT MATTERS|
Jami Yanoski By Jami Yanoski
I know there are many of you sitting out there
right now, that keep getting e-mails about the Joyfully
Jobless Jamboree, keep seeing information about it. I know what
you're thinking. YOU WANT to come to the Jamboree because it sounds
like a ton of fun.
You WANT to come to the Jamboree because you know you
will benefit from the speakers. You want to come to the Jamboree because you want to
be in a room full of people that think like you do. Yee-haw!
So here's the kicker: I also know exactly what's
going through your head right now and these following statements (or variations
of) might be part of it:
- I really want to go to this Jamboree, but I shouldn't be
spending the money.
- I need to save money in this tough economy.
Maybe they'll have another one next year and I can go to that one.
Let me tell you something, I feel your pain. I
get it. Two years ago, I would have been telling myself the exact same thing.
But in my long journey of leaving Corporate America and becoming Joyfully
Jobless, I had a couple of eye-opening experiences that I'd like to share with
you, and I hope it will help you in your decision making regarding the Jamboree.
- School just started, and I'm shelling out money
for new clothes, sports equipment, etc. that Junior needs, so I really can't
afford it right now.
About 1.5 years ago, Barbara Winter and Alice
Barry put together a weekend event called Follow
Through Camp held in Dodge City, Kansas. The idea around the camp was to dust off
an idea you have had but never followed through on. I hemmed and hawed about
attending the workshop (doing the self talk "I shouldn't" in my head), and
finally registered the last day of early bird registration.
It was the best thing I ever did. I met my
people, my posse, my support system- the people who get me-and I get them.
I still talk to most of the people from the camp
on a regular basis. We have formed friendships based on our Joyfully Jobless
life and our dreams and goals.
That's not my only experience, however. About
five years ago, Barbara hosted a weekend workshop with Valerie Young in
Northampton, Massachusetts called Work at What you Love. I attended that
workshop. I knew I wanted to be Joyfully Jobless, just didn't know how I'd go
about doing it or what I wanted to do.
In the effort to save some money, I ended up
sharing a hotel room with a complete stranger. We found each other on the
message boards set up for the workshop. She happened to be close to my age and
the hotel was sold out, so I agreed to share my room with her. To this day, we
still keep in touch. I know that I have her on my team no matter what and we've
been through the ups and downs of our transition from Corporate America to
joyfully jobless together.
So how about we address the resistance and approach
this "I shouldn't" self talk in a different way? Instead of telling yourself "I
can't afford it" what about changing your words around, and in turn, change
your thoughts around?
MAKING IT AFFORDABLE
In the words of Robert Kiyosaki, what happens if you ask yourself "HOW
can I afford to go?"
One way is to create a small entrepreneurial
project to fund the fun. Here are some general ideas I'll throw out to you:
- Can you clean out your garage, and sell your
old ski equipment, roller blades, snow shoes, any other miscellaneous sports
equipment you no longer use? How much
will that bring if you sell on Craigslist? $50? $100?
- How about eat out 2 times less in the next 4
weeks? How much will that save? $100?
That's $100 you can put towards the Jamboree.
- What about brand new or next to new nice
clothes, shoes and jewelry? Is there a re-sale shop close by that will take
them on consignment? That could be
another $100 right there going towards the Jamboree.
- Can you find a Jamboreeroommate, to share
hotel expenses with? We'll be posting a message board on the JamboreeWeb site soon and you can visit the Jamboree page on Facebook.
Here's a great opportunity to find a like-minded tribe member to share hotel
expenses and you will probably make a lifelong friend.
A BIT ABOUT ROI
- What about frequent flier miles? Do you have
any saved up? Can you use the mileage towards your airfare (like I did) to
If, for the past couple of months, you've been
telling yourself you'll go to the Jamboree "Someday, when I can
afford it," how about I tell you this: "Someday is Here. Someday is right now.
Someday is seeing you in Austin in October."
There are many experiences you are going to have
at the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree. I will 99.9% guarantee
you will meet people that you will stay in touch with for years. I will 99.9%
guarantee you will walk away from these two days on your own little high, full
of energy, motivation and ready to conquer the world.
And I'm going to 100% guarantee you are going to
Early Bird Registration for the Jamboree ends in less than a
week. Do yourself, your loved ones and your business a favor and INVEST in this (it's even a
tax write off). You won't regret it.
Come to Austin in October. Feed your mind, body
and soul at the Jamboree and we'll be there
welcoming you with open arms. Can I get a "Yee-Haw" from ya'll?
From the bottom of my heart,
Proud member of the Pard'ner Posse
Joyfully Jobless Jamboree
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