Formal education is a foundation,
but lifelong, informal education can transform our lives. 
~ Seth Godin 

In This Issue
Postcard from Barbara
Spooky Questions
The Missing Link  

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Postcard from Barbara
Barbara Winter
One of the most famous openings in literature comes from Charles Dickens'  A Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.

While we don't know which of those statements will most accurately describe the coming years, there's little doubt that we're in the midst of changing times. What I do know is that some of us are more equipped than others to deal with such times. 

Lifelong learners head up that list. As Eric Hoffer pointed out, "In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

Fortunately, those who thrive on the Joyfully Jobless Journey tend to be curious enough to keep on learning and putting it to work. 


Challenge
Spooky Questions
Note: I know Halloween is long past, but I came across this piece I'd posted on my blog five years ago and decided it was worth another visit. It's also a reminder that the learning never ends when you're building a dream.

My mailbox has been getting some truly spooky messages lately. It's not the first time, of course, but I'm still startled when I get one of these cries for help.

The scariest of these messages goes like this: "I think I want to start my own business. What should I do?"

I also shiver when someone asks, "I want to write. What should I do?"

No, these aren't zombies asking the question, but they send chills down my spine because they remind me that too many of us are lacking some basic tools - tools that could get us pointed in the right direction and keep us heading that way.

The next time someone asks, "What should I do?" I'm going to send them this list of answers.

Start an investigation. Do your homework. Head out to the library. See if your community has resources that can be of help. As Jim Rohn said, "If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you."

Make space. If you're going to start a new project, you need to make room for it. That frequently means you must first clear out some space. Frequently, that requires spending your time on things that don't serve your true goals.

"What I discovered," says architect Sarah Susanka, "is that when you make the time and space for what you long to do, everything else shifts to accommodate it. It never works the other way around. If you wait until there's time to do what you want, you'll be waiting until your eighty-fifth birthday."

Listen to informed sources. Seems so obvious to me, but I'm astonished at how often people take advice from people who don't know. The more you investigate, the wiser you'll become about who has the information that you can use.

Learn to synthesize. Adopting and adapting in order to produce something new is a time-honored tool of the creative spirit.

If you're growing a business, that means paying close attention to the things you like and don't like as a consumer and asking yourself which policies and procedures you will integrate into your own enterprise-and which you'll consciously avoid.

Break your goals into 90-Day Projects. Give your projects a theme. Immerse, don't dabble.

At the end of 90 days, evaluate and decide if you've accomplished your objectives. If not, decide if you are up for giving it another 90 days.

Remember this: "Good things as well as bad are caught by a kind of infection," writer C.S. Lewis pointed out. "If you want to get warm  you must stand near the fire; if you want to get wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.

"They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you; if you are not, you will remain dry."

Throughout our Joyfully Jobless Journeys we'll need help. New goals require new information, new ideas, new connections.

Don't hesitate to look for it, but also realize that the ultimate responsibility for making your dreams happen is in your hands.

supportThe Missing Link
On his way to be interviewed on a radio show in London, Nick Williams came up with a list of six things every self-employed person needs to be successful. It's a brilliant list. He and I began sharing this in our seminars and pointed out that any time you feel stuck, one of these pillars is probably missing. 

What are those necessary building blocks? Inspiration, Information and How-to, Heroes and Heroines, Spiritual Abundance, Community and Repetition. 

I didn't have this list when I began publishing  Winning Ways newsletter thirty years ago, but I can see that sharing tools for building these six pillars has always been the focus. After all, what good is inspiration if you're missing the information to take action? 

Finding  Winning Ways in your mailbox six times a year also reminds you that you're a part of a community that is creating a quiet revolution where work and love and prosperity and contribution are the heart and soul of business. 

The next issue is heading off to the printer soon and it's packed with ideas for handling stress, pricing your products or services, expanding your area of influence and much more. You might even find a missing link there.

Get yourself on the mailing list now and I'll send you a bonus issue. 


Buon Viaggio,
 
Barbara Winter 

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