October 7, 2015
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
I believe that enjoying your work with all your heart is the only truly subversive position left to take as a creative person. Hardly anybody ever dares to speak of creative enjoyment aloud, for fear of not being taken seriously. So say it. Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy. 
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
In This Issue
Postcard From Barbara
Moving Closer to Self-Employed Success
More Time, More Fun, More Money
Barbara Online
Even though I'm no longer surrounded by colorful autumn leaves, this time of year remains my favorite. And I'm not alone in loving fall. My informal poll on Facebook revealed that it's beloved by many of us.
We love the cooler temperatures and the burst of energy that seems to accompany this time of year. I'm excited because two of my favorite events are happening in the coming weeks. I'm back in Denver on October 23 & 24 for a  Joyfully Jobless Weekend at Colorado Free University. 
A couple of weeks later I head to Phoenix for the annual  Fund Your Life Overseas Conference. The first two events were great fun and this year's may be even better. 
The speakers are great, the information is solid, the enthusiasm for becoming an expat entrepreneur is extraordinary. Check out the details below if you'd like to be part of it.
Trying to build a business without entrepreneurial thinking is like trying to build a house with a toothbrush. An employee mindset is not a useful tool for such an important project. 

Fortunately, learning to think like a successful self-bosser is something we can teach ourselves. Here are some proven ways of expanding entrepreneurial consciousness.
  • Make persistence your personal trademark. We've all heard the stories of multiple experiments conducted by Thomas Edison before he figured out how to make a light bulb. Edison's not the only one, of course, to succeed by not giving up.
    During the remarkable renaissance of Tina Turner a few years back, the entertainer remarked, "I'm just now reaping the rewards for twenty-five years of hard work." That persistence landed her on many Most Admired Lists, too.
    By the way, psychologists and others who have studied the lives of successful people rate persistence as more important than intelligence.
  • Embrace repetition. Most people operate on a limited budget of ideas. When one or two things don't work out, they quit. Like persistence, constant practice is also a trademark of the successful.
    f you need to be reminded that excellence requires repeated effort, consider this: when GQ magazine celebrated a milestone, they put Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford, two of the most photogenic creatures on Earth, on the cover. The photographer who took the cover shot used sixty-three rolls of film to get the perfect picture. 
  • Reframe the way you think about a current job, if you have one. Stop thinking that your job is a permanent condition. Instead think of it as your first profit center in your growing portfolio. It's the one that allows you to generate cash flow while you create your next one.
    hinking of yourself as a service provider, not an employee, will change your relationship. If you start thinking of your job as a profit center, chances are greater that you'll be saying good-bye to it sooner. 
  • Have a phantom mentor. If you could pick anyone, living or dead, to advise you, who would it be? Choose someone you admire greatly and have imaginary conversations with them. It's not as weird as it sounds.     
    Or start asking yourself, "What would an entrepreneur do?" and see what answers spring to mind.     
  • Find the hidden gift in goal setting.  A few years ago, I was considering buying both a desktop and a laptop computer, but was unsure about which to get first.
    On a flight to Amsterdam, my seat mate was a pleasant man who told me he worked for a company that made hinges for laptops. I had no idea that this was a thriving industry and bombarded him with questions.     
    When I told him I was planning to get a MacBook, he said, "They're coming out with something spectacular. If you can wait until August, do. I can't tell you any more about it since what I know is confidential."    
    Later I realized there's a gift given to goal setters and it's this: when you are clear about your goals, life suddenly is filled with recognizable coincidences.
  • Let love lead. A friend and I went to a sold out concert of Clannad, the Irish band, at London's Royal Albert Hall. As we were leaving, I said, "Imagine saying, 'Let's start singing Celtic folk songs. I'm sure that will be a hit.'"     
    Of course, Clannad did nothing of the sort. They simply determined that they would spend their lives sharing the music that they loved, knowing that they wouldn't be alone. 
    How many others shared that love was something that they couldn't know ahead of time. There's not always a way to do market research when love is your motive. 
    Trusting your instincts, however, can lead you to your perfect place. Like Royal Albert Hall.
Fund Your Life Overseas Conference. 

If you dream about a life where you have the freedom to "call the shots"... to pick up and head to a cottage on a sun-dappled beach and "retire" in the tropics... or rent a little getaway in a history-rich colonial town for the winter... or take an apartment for a few months a year in Paris or Buenos Aires... but you need the flexibility that would allow you to leave... and an income that could make it happen. 

Here's how to get it.

Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

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.