I wanted to stop by and wish you a new year that’s filled with expanded horizons and your wildest dreams coming true.

Joy in spite of everything.

~ Tom Robbins

Postcard from Barbara

Parlez-vous Entrepreneur?

What’s in Your Toolbox?

Postcard from Barbara

Although I’m a bit surprised that January is nearly over, I’m equally surprised by all the seeds that I got planted this month. I’ve also endured a couple of idea explosions and will be sharing soon.

For the moment, I wanted to stop by and wish you a new year that’s filled with expanded horizons and your wildest dreams coming true. 

Parlez-vous Entrepreneur?

Every time I see the ad for Babbel, the popular language program, I think, “There should be a program like that for folks making the transition from employee to entrepreneur.”  Of course, such a program would be more about mindset, than vocabulary. 

For instance, when offered a suggestion, a non-entrepreneur might quickly dismiss it by saying, “I don’t know how to do that.” An entrepreneur would respond a bit differently and say something like, “Oh, I haven’t learned how to do that yet.”

See the difference?  Willingness to learn, to pay attention to ideas and opportunities, is simply part of the successful joyfully jobless journey. Making the switch requires mindfulness, of course, along with putting yourself in the company of other enthusiastic self-bossers. 

There’s a common error that causes too many of us to go off the tracks while we’re working on our DIY MBA. Unlike language learners, we underestimate the importance of repetition, of hearing information and ideas multiple times. “Ya, ya, I’ve already heard that,” is rather meaningless if we haven’t improved or adopted or expanded in some way. Real learning is so much deeper than just hearing something.

So spend time this year acquiring good tools. Be willing to apprentice yourself to your ideas. Find the adventure in your journey. If you do, you’re bound to be fluent by the end of the year. 

What’s in Your Toolbox?

Adding to my astonishment as I was taking inventory on the year ahead was the realization that I’ll be beginning my thirty-third year of publishing Winning Ways newsletter with the March/April issue. Obviously, I began before we’d encountered the Internet and the vast explosion of information that was headed our way.

In many ways, it’s that explosion that has kept me going. The other thing that has kept me going is the response from subscribers who send me notes that say things like, “Your newsletter always arrives just when I need it.” Of course, I know that there’s never a day when we don’t need encouragement, but it’s wonderful to know that Winning Ways is doing its job.

Every issue is loaded with carefully researched resources that I believe are worth your time and energy.  Invest in your own subscription and you could save hours of sorting through information that may be more confusing than it is clarifying. 

Most importantly, Winning Ways exists to help you strengthen your entrepreneurial mindset and stay focused on growing the business of your dreams.

A great deal has happened in those 33 years that I’ve been publishing. Postage has more than doubled, as have printing costs. I stubbornly resisted raising subscription prices. However, the time has come and prices will be going up on March 1. 

Order or renew your own subscription before the price increase. 

If you’re a new subscriber (or a lapsed previous one) join me before March 1st and I’ll send you a bonus issue of the November/December issue to get you started (as long as inventory lasts). 


Buon Viaggio,  

Barbara Winter

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