Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

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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

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3,170 thoughts on “Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

  1. (Sorry, I replied instead of making a comment :/ Can things be moved?)

    Now, what I like and sort of know: computers (at a basic level, not the “Senior Developer in X for 15 years”, but some people say I’m good at it. I even have the piece of paper to say that a university has trained me for it and the general belief that I can pick things up well enough, I just don’t feel any employers want anybody short of “Best in show”), Open Source software (the Linux part of computers) and nature (once again, a piece of paper saying I can do permaculture and a tonne of random knowledge about interconnections in biology, ecology and life). I can also draw a picture (rough, but pleasing to the eye, usually), use a hammer (but not power tools), play 3 tunes on 5 instruments, write an essay and translate stuff between 2 languages (given enough time, because thinking in a language is easier than putting those thoughts into words of another frame of reference) – the usual Scanner of “I love so many things, but have near-no depth in ’em”.

    What I want to do, in descending order of complexity:
    1) Restore the planet’s forests, or, more small, make a sanctuary/permacultural farm for local bats (“local” being Naracoorte, Australia – it’s not where I live, but it’s where the bats live). The farm produces nice place to live/camp, pesticide-free food for people and bats, grows the soil, restores aquifers, returns rains, captures CO2, etc, etc… Obstacle being, I need a lot of money, a business model to keep it up and a chatty person to handle the sales.
    2) Make computers less frustrating for normal folk and less slow for picky folk – make at least one program/app that would be a joy to use for its users. Obstacle being, it seems like all apps have been made (and patented, too). And any game I can think of making needs to be as complicated as the world itself (it’s a downside of learning too much of how things work, I guess).
    3) Make enough money to be able to visit any darn workshop/convention I fancy visiting!
    4) Find a small company that can both appreciate a smart-but-lazy Jill-of-all-trades (rather than a spiffy Specialist) and train her up. I don’t care if it’s computing, gardening or cat petting, but everything I find is too big and high-demand high-responsibility – not a good fit for person with lots of theory, but little practical experience. The only people who both train newcomers _and_ pay them seem to be the Army – and I’m not a fan of their discipline or the need to wake up by means of an alarm. I know I’ve read too many books about perfect little companies (where every worker is a perfect fit, despite being the oddest creature on Earth, and all they do is help people, not fight over the hierarchy), but surely at least one exists and sadly sifts through piles of Specialists’ CVs just like I sift through piles of Speacialists’ job descriptions.

    Any ideas on any of the above?

  2. Im 48. I want to he a songwriter! I dont have any musical training but i love to write poems. And i was retrenched from my job 3 months ago. So i dont have an income right now.

  3. My dream is to have a tiny house schoolie for myself & my 3 children & to travel the States & sell my soaps & do hair wherever we may be.
    My obstacle is my cosmetology license has expired & I need money for a school bus & money to convert it into a tiny house.

  4. DREAM: immediately use my skills to earn cash to pay my overdue bills this month!, and then once bills covered allow me to invest in projects that are of significance to me. I have skills in developing software for tech industry, for commercial and professional use, things like single-page web applications, using angular or blazor, and desktop application software, many different languages, and so on. These skills are supposedly valuable.
    Also in the past I suffered ridiculous amounts of social, relational, spiritual, emotional and financial abusiveness from various extended family members so as of today I’m in great need to get financial traction “yesterday” (and also recover a stable livelihood and move toward long-term ‘dreams’)

    OBSTACLE: I once had relationships which brought solid freelance income (always got hired by word-of-mouth) BUT all the relationships are faded away by time and I can’t seem to sell myself for anything.
    I rewrite and rewrite resumes and they all go NOWHERE.
    So I tried to get hired to manage teams remotely (I used to do that too) and that goes nowhere.
    I tried freelance web sites and those have gone nowhere and they seem of questionable value. I believe I saw statistic that it is only about 3% of people on Upwork who actually make more than very small amounts of money for example. I’ve tried popular job sites and got nothing. I’ve tried flexjobs and exhausted myself sending applications, with no inquiries.
    I am in US and can’t compete with people from all around the world who make frenzied pitches at projects while offering to do them for far below US poverty-level pay.
    I have almost NO idea what is keeping me from connecting with any opportunity at all.
    I wonder if I need someone else to market my freelance services on pure commission basis? and don’t know how to find someone like that with the needed integrity, but mostly I am at a complete loss to why the blockage to opportunities is so severe.

  5. I am in Ohio. My son was separated with me by local family court based on racial discrimination two years ago. I wonder is there human right lawyer or someone could help me?

  6. Great idea and definitely needed.

    I know a business that does it and a business coach whom provides this service. Even if the website was created by a web developer it may still need your services.

    Many web developers can build a beautiful website but there may not be any conversions. I worked with two web developers and had no customers once they were done.

    I have done a better solo job without their help. Wishing you much success because this service would help lots of people.

  7. Hello Idea Party! My idea is to audit websites to show website owners why their visitors aren’t staying for long or aren’t purchasing anything. I primarily focus on websites that weren’t created by a web developer. I am finding it difficult to advertise this service. When people hear about it they are usually interested in an audit so I know the demand is there. Please help!

    • Here’s a revolutionary idea…..reach out and CALL the business owners personally and talk to them. That alone will get their attention and make you stand out in a world of virtual billboards plastered everywhere. I’m a web content/copywriter who also does brand story. The writing on most websites is not properly crafted to engage visitors in the first place, let alone convert them. In my opinion, without a clear and compelling message, there’s nothing to sell to anyone. If people have to work too hard to figure out what you do, how you do it, or how you’re going to solve their problems, they’ll just leave and go find someone who doesn’t make it so hard to do business with them. So much more to say; hope you find a nugget here.

    • Now, what I like and sort of know: computers (at a basic level, not the “Senior Developer in X for 15 years”, but some people say I’m good at it. I even have the piece of paper to say that a university has trained me for it and the general belief that I can pick things up well enough, I just don’t feel any employers want anybody short of “Best in show”), Open Source software (the Linux part of computers) and nature (once again, a piece of paper saying I can do permaculture and a tonne of random knowledge about interconnections in biology, ecology and life). I can also draw a picture (rough, but pleasing to the eye, usually), use a hammer (but not power tools), play 3 tunes on 5 instruments, write an essay and translate stuff between 2 languages (given enough time, because thinking in a language is easier than putting those thoughts into words of another frame of reference) – the usual Scanner of “I love so many things, but have near-no depth in ’em”.

      What I want to do, in descending order of complexity:
      1) Restore the planet’s forests, or, more small, make a sanctuary/permacultural farm for local bats (“local” being Naracoorte, Australia – it’s not where I live, but it’s where the bats live). The farm produces nice place to live/camp, pesticide-free food for people and bats, grows the soil, restores aquifers, returns rains, captures CO2, etc, etc… Obstacle being, I need a lot of money, a business model to keep it up and a chatty person to handle the sales.
      2) Make computers less frustrating for normal folk and less slow for picky folk – make at least one program/app that would be a joy to use for its users. Obstacle being, it seems like all apps have been made (and patented, too). And any game I can think of making needs to be as complicated as the world itself (it’s a downside of learning too much of how things work, I guess).
      3) Make enough money to be able to visit any darn workshop/convention I fancy visiting!
      4) Find a small company that can both appreciate a smart-but-lazy Jill-of-all-trades (rather than a spiffy Specialist) and train her up. I don’t care if it’s computing, gardening or cat petting, but everything I find is too big and high-demand high-responsibility – not a good fit for person with lots of theory, but little practical experience. The only people who both train newcomers _and_ pay them seem to be the Army – and I’m not a fan of their discipline or the need to wake up by means of an alarm. I know I’ve read too many books about perfect little companies (where every worker is a perfect fit, despite being the oddest creature on Earth, and all they do is help people, not fight over the hierarchy), but surely at least one exists and sadly sifts through piles of Specialists’ CVs just like I sift through piles of Speacialists’ job descriptions.

      Any ideas on any of the above?

    • One thing I’ve noticed about websites that sell services (like plumbing, house building, etc – anything except books, workshops and online courses) is that they don’t give any pricing information. As someone who dislikes phone calls (and searches for stuff at 2 o’clock in the morning), I am definitely more likely to “convert” if I know what it costs… I wonder if Tom https://barbarasclub.com/ideaparty/comment-page-92/#comment-309224 can make automatic quote calculation sections for websites that turn out to be too secretive for their own good?

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