June 11, 2015
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News

You're born curious, and no matter how much battering your curiosity has taken, it's standing by, ready to be awakened. 

~ Brian Grazer

In This Issue
Postcard from Barbara
An Indispensable Tool
Feed Your Curiosity
Barbara Online


Although this year isn't exactly turning out the way I thought it would, it's given me the opportunity to focus on several personal matters that had been neglected. I mentioned previously the mysterious virus that zapped my energy for weeks. That was followed by a busy travel schedule which involved meeting some wonderful new people. Since I consider meeting interesting people a huge ROI, I've been feeling enormously rich.


The trip to France my siblings and I had planned was cancelled after my brother broke his ankle while walking on the beach near Santa Barbara. Once we realized (and the doctor confirmed) that he wouldn't be travel-ready by September, I found myself rethinking my schedule. I'm still working on the details for that and will be sharing my fall schedule soon.


If you've read Making a Living Without a Job, you may recall the last chapter is titled Roots and Wings. My current plan is to spend the next several weeks focused on the roots part of my life so when it's time to employ my wings, I won't be fretting about undone projects at home.  


For the past several weeks, movie producer Brian Grazer's book, A Curious Mind, has occupied a place on the bestseller list. I've been delighted to see that it's received a wide audience since far too many of us have been strangers with that idea-generating force known as curiosity.


"It's a miracle that curiosity survives formal education," observed Albert Einstein. For many of us, sadly, the destruction of curiosity began long before our school days.


When I was growing up, my incessant questions were often dismissed with a reminder that curiosity killed the cat. The message, intended or not, was that shrinking was preferable to exploring. That repeated warning has an impact that goes far beyond the deceased cat.


The death of curiosity is the beginning of a lackluster life. Without curiosity we avoid challenge, growth, and new experiences. Our world gets smaller and smaller as our fears grow bigger and bigger.


According to researchers, curiosity is more important than intelligence. In fact, there's nothing silly about it. Consider the rewards. Curiosity makes our minds active instead of passive. Curiosity recognizes new ideas. It opens up new worlds and possibilities. It brings excitement to our lives.


Staying curious is not only something that's available to anyone, it doesn't cost a dime. Where it leads depends on how willing we are to pay attention.


So pick a theme. Plan some fascinating projects. Listen and follow your callings. Use it or lose it. If you don't, there's much to be lost. 


As Brian Grazer points out, "You can be as curious as you want to be, and it doesn't matter when you start. And your curiosity can help you be smarter and more creative, it can hep you be more effective and also help you be a better person."


Be brave enough to see where your curiosity takes you.


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If your curiosity includes being successfully self-employed, you can get a steady stream of nurturing ideas, information and inspiration by subscribing to Winning Ways. This old-fashioned newsletter can be a permanent resource center as you're growing your business. 


Now in its 29th year of publication, Winning Ways is designed to be a source of reinforcement and encouragement for my readers. It serves the same purpose for me. I keep back issues in 3-ring binders and often find myself looking for a specific article and then something else catches my eye or I'm reminded of a success tip I'd forgotten or reread a postcard from someone who's excited about a new direction they've taken. 


The current issue includes a list of 7 ways to exercise your curiosity, an article called A Summer of Fun and Profit, another titled Stop Stopping Yourself and much, much more.


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Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


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