The Elements

We love rags-to-riches and triumph-of-the-underdog stories because it reminds us of our own basic human capacity.

For several years, I had the honor of working with and learning from Barbara J. Winter, best selling author and guru for inspired entrepreneurs. Barbara is a great muse for many who choose to leave corporate life to be “joyfully jobless” and make a living with self-employment, multiple income streams, and creative small business.

She helped me clarify the difference between the experience of the classic employee and the inspired entrepreneur.  Below you will find my version of the chart we developed, followed by descriptions of each aspect of natural entrepreneurial thinking. Continue reading

10 things learned in the past year

Like most lessons, many of these are repeats, and now I get it even deeper. I hope this inspires you in your self-made lesson plan.

1 ~ When life happens, roll with it: Around this time last year a chain of unforeseeable events started in my personal life. By the time I got to the end of that chain, 5 months later, it felt like I’d been hit by a tidal wave. When the first challenge came, I pressed on, determined to be unshaken. By the time the rest of the challenges stacked up, I felt as if I had died and wasn’t sure what mattered anymore. I was shaken, stirred and on an odyssey to rediscover everything. When I let go and rolled with it, I found deep gratitude for all the lessons that came my way.

2 ~ Perspective is paramount: I know by now you’re guessing it was the economy. Actually, the news of Wall Street was mostly background noise to the challenges I faced, which included hospitals, the death of loved ones, accepting that I would not be having children of my own, and wondering if anyone really wanted to learn what I wanted to share (self-doubt is so syrupy isn’t it?). My “tidal wave” was a mere ripple in comparison to what some people have experienced in the past 12 months. I am so grateful for the way these events got me to step back and take a long slow look at it all. I softened my focus, widened my view, and tried on other people’s ideas. This practice helped me let go even more, saved me from getting stuck in grief, and opened me up to new possibilities. Continue reading