Barbara Sher’s Idea Party


How Does the Online Idea Party Work?

You have a dream or a wish, and an obstacle to getting there. (If you don’t think you know your wish, work through my kick-starter and read this post. To learn why you must put logic aside to find your dream, read the following.)

The online Idea Party is here to help you – and the other fellow party goers – with your wishes and obstacles.

Voices from Success Teams and Idea Parties:

Having a team to report to and hearing what everybody did each week is very exciting. It’s kept me moving all year. In the past I made some good starts on my own, but found, every time, when the energy ran out, I ran out. Now it doesn’t run out.
Jade G.
Children’s Playroom Therapist, New York Hospital

I would do a painting a year, a sketch a year. If it was only me I know I would never do it. Having to tell you makes all the difference. It’s crazy why I didn’t do this years ago, it’s so easy all of a sudden.
Caroline R. Personnel Executive, Macy’s Dept Store

Post Your Wish and Your Obstacle Here!

And help your team mates out when you can. Use the Reply link to help, the form below the comments to add your own Wish and Obstacle.

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3,462 thoughts on “Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

  1. Hi I have a new 1 bedroom condo in Hollywood Florida that I staged beautifully for sale
    It’s a great condo but it doesn’t fit my needs…
    I need a condo with a heated pool and a balcony
    I’m on beautifully landscaped property with all stores close by
    Great area

    My Wish: To Swap Condos for agreed amount of time
    I’ll take great care of yours as you will mine
    Obstacle: I don’t know anyone who wants to do this
    Please dont say put Ad out…done that
    I need to swap in sunny location
    Florida,California, Las Vegas, Arizona

    Thank you for your suggestions in advance

    • I hope you find someone, and I’m afraid I don’t know where to look. If you don’t find someone to swap, consider checking with nearby hotels for the price of using their heated pool and maybe even a balcony. I once inquired at the Marriott across from my office, and they gave me a fantastic monthly price, much, much lower than I would have imagined, including not just the heated indoor/outdoor pool but the locker rooms, showers, sauna, Jacuzzi, etc. I even got guess passes, so I could bring my son from home on the weekend!

  2. I would love to be part of the next idea party after watching Barbara’s video I think this group is such a good idea. I have a background and social work and can appreciate the difference having support and other people to brainstorm with how valuable it can be.

  3. I just watched a Barbara Sher Ted Talk and would love to be a part of this group! I have a dream of living in a cozy cottage with a fireplace and a big enough space for a garden to grow my own food and sell the excess. My obstacle is money, and feeling responsible for others by caretaking when they are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. And I would love to be a part of helping others to get their dreams if I have a suggestion.

    • Welcome, Laurel! That sounds like a very reachable goal. Money is never a real obstacle; if you list what the money would buy, you will get better help from the group. That urge to caretaking sounds like a bigger obstacle. Take a closer look to find out what benefits it’s giving you, so we can help you get them a different, less constricting way.

      Are there any limitations on where your cottage sits, or are you free to go where they are inexpensive, the land is fertile, the natural disasters are few, and the growing season is long?

      Do you picture living in that cottage only alone, or might you volunteer to take care of someone elderly and living alone in such a cottage already, willing to let you buy the cottage from them over time with your caretaking and the food you grow?

      The fireplace suggests some non-growing time each year. Do you have a talent you could use in the winter months to pay your property taxes, repair your roof every 20 years, and replace your furnace every 10 or 15?

      Will you need to buy meat or pet food, or can you live off what you grow?

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