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

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3,271 thoughts on “Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

  1. Dream: At 78, I pull together and publish/republish a variety of writings about 1) how to make our elder years our best years; 2) the natural genius that comes loaded in our DNA, gets trained out of us and how to retrieve it; 3) finding more integrity, purpose, joy and creativity in any job or business; 4) conscious, socially responsible small business; 5) inspired planning and stress release; 6) how any challenge can be a catalyst to new inspiration, growth and joy.The writing pays well and leads to paid talks (I have a track record here!), mentoring and other opportunities.

    Obstacles: Though I am a brilliant editor/writing coach for others, I can’t see my own back or distortions. The past 12 years my husband and I have both had cancer. Mine was minimal, but the brain fog from radiation was not. John’s is in remission and slow growing; treatment makes for less bone strength.

    Just as I healed from cancer, we discovered that he had mild cognitive impairment, which led last year to his diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s.
    All along, he has had serious immune deficiencies, which means both of us have to be extra-careful with COVID.

    Special gifts: We have a solid marriage that has become richer every year, and we are supported by many people in many ways. John has no shame about memory issues — he’s one of a growing no. of people who are changing the conversation about dementia the way others changed how we saw cancer, AIDS, and other illnesses. He’s blossoming from several kinds of art and eagerly exploring personal and emotional growth.

    What I need to fulfill my dream: 1) grants or other support to engage the perfect professional editor/mentor for my work; and/or 2) a partner who can exchange professional-level editing/writing support for several hours a week; 3) grants to increase respite time and space for me; 4) grants to increase creative ways to support my husband’s memory issues and overflowing creativiti; 5) help to write marketing content; and 6) lots of best wishes and good will.

    Offer to all lovers of Barbara Sher’s work: I’m loaded with inspiring, practical writing, and I’m a resource/research expert. Let me know what you want to know, and I just may have something for you! I’m still like a 5-year-old who just can’t wait to share something I’ve discovered with others!


    • Pat Sullivan awesome genius. What a great description of you, your husband and your qualities. I love you.
      Is it an idea to open a Patreon account so people can sponsor by subscription or incedently.
      I am 57 . I wish I have my 5year old self alive and bubbling for a long time.

      You have great gifts to share. Are you online with your recordings. Can I hear some of your work?
      Are you in a succes team group. That might help with finding the fundings or other creative collaboration.

  2. Marlene,

    It sounds wonderful. I believe this is very similar in heart to the strong dream that I’ve had for owner-operating a country inn — potentially a “farm inn” — in the USA.

    One bit of difference is that I became convinced that the best way for me to keep it going is to have a portion of this operate as an ordinary business. I would LOVE to have a donation of the physical property and buildings. I would also very strongly consider about forming a non-profit organization that would deliver some of the services to some of the recipients.

    Yet I would also picture to have an ordinary business also in place, delivering some of the services and that is capable of paying many expenses and having ordinary earnings and helping to sustain the operation over a long term.

    • Hi Tom,
      thanks for your suggestions! Will jot it all down. Right now, I am only putting the idea out there and these technicalities still seem way of (besides me not having a clue about them). This where I need people who know the legalities (is there such a word?!)
      How’s your own dream coming along? Where in the US are you based?
      All the best!

  3. Hi – I would love to be in a success team but I am unemployed and don’t have a lot of money to pay to be in one. Is there anything for someone like me other than reading the books? Maybe a Zoom meeting that’s not over $50? I’m on a really limited budget but want to start a new business, but I have no support out here. My bf is against the idea (and anything else I want to do) so would love to find a new tribe. Any ideas welcome. Thanks Patty.

    • Kathleen, Barbara’s 8-Week Workshop for Success Teams is a 16-hour workshop for 4 to 6 new team members, run by folks just like you, who need to earn some money to fund their own dreams or pay their electric bill. They’ve invested many hours and a good bit of their own money in becoming qualified to run the workshop. They are self-employed and would net much less than minimum wage if they offered the workshop for $50.

      But this does not mean you can’t be part of a Success Team. You can recruit a few friends or unemployed neighbors and use the free, online copy of Wishcraft at to guide you as you help each other. Or you can find a non-profit organization that helps unemployed people in your community and ask them to sponsor you. If they provide the publicity, the workbook copying, an mp3 player with speakers, and space for 4 to 6 people at at time to meet for two hours a week, you may qualify for a free leader’s kit. Check out to see what’s involved in leading teams and to contact us.

      • Hi Patty and Kathleen
        I am re-inspired by your conversation. My long year dream is help people find and do their dreams. Especcially people no one regards. The unseen people. I am one of them. Was…
        Since reading Barbara and consumed all her YouTube videos (which are far too few) I have been daring more. Little by little.
        I had no team but throuhg reading and minimal posting in the facebookgroup for scanners and here I gained the courage and support to some steps.
        I have proposed the idea to start a social cooperation. Here a group of max 15 people on welfare will come together to find and start doing a small parttime business.
        These will be people who have a hard time finding work, or have disabilities to get where they want to be in live.
        My own obstacles are belief in self (haha), very bad planning habits, chronic illness, no money (I am in a debt helpprogram after failing on my franchise business). The coming 3 years I live on the minimum of the minumum. After that I am free of debt.
        Still I try to hold on to the genius in me, Barbara gave me that love and belief.

        Patty I would love to get a chance to become a succes team leader.
        I have much in place, like a room to gather, material support for copying and mp3player, computers
        But not the amount for the kit…not yet.

        Some women on welfare who would pay some but can’t afford yet the price the trainings value and worth.
        I would also like to start with a system like if what you learn brings you forward… then pay later, when you start earning. An offer for succes hungry people.

        This has become much longer story. I love this platform. It is honey to my scanner soul.

        Love to all of you.

        • What a wonderful thing to do for people, Shirley. Happy to help with a free kit if you find a non-profit sponsor.

          And please cross off “belief in self” from your list of obstacles. You don’t need to believe in yourself. When we accomplish big things, we do it because we must (like keeping your expenses way down for 3 years, as you’re already doing) and because others won’t let us stop. There is no need to believe in yourself. Leave that to your team members.

          • Hi Patty, I have found a organization to sponsor me. Actually I have choice of several. Never thougth it would be so easy and fun to get support for facilitating this idea. Thank you for the nudge. And getting belief in self from the obstacle list.
            I also have 4 women. Not all are good in English so that will be an extra challenge. What is my next step:)
            With love, Shirley

        • Hi Shirley, I would be very interested in joining your group when you get it going. On assistance right now until it runs out, am relying on odd jobs until things open up and I can go back to regular work again hopefully soon. It’s really tough and would love to find a group of positive people. Just broke up with my bf which sucks because though he was not nice to me he did help out financially and now that help is gone. I look forward to hearing from you. Peace and thanks for stepping in to help people. Kathleen

          • I hope you find whatever jobs could support your life. Don’t worry about lost a bf, it’s better you live without other treat you badly just for getting some money support. I am sure you can do it

  4. Hi people, this is Marleen. Feel like it’s time to put a dream out there, looking forward to reactions: 😀
    I am dreaming of a small farm in Israel (or at least a sizable house with a larger garden) to make and run a home, a place of color and beauty, laughter, family and LIFE that I can share with others:
    I want to create spaces for all sorts of creative endeavors (arts & crafts, music, dance, writing, photography, …), so people can just come, find the material and the headspace to express themselves.
    I am dreaming of a large open kitchen with a café corner so we can prepare and enjoy all kinds of good food and drinks, of a garden full of flowers, shading trees and homegrown herbs and vegetables with beautiful corners to enjoy and rest, of celebrations and BBQs and game nights and sleepovers. People can come for a day or book themselves in for longer to just be, talk, dream, recover, think, be in community, talk recharge, share joys and sorrows, learn, debate, enjoy, dance, LIVE fully.
    What I would need:
    – people who share the vision and want to live it along with me, and who have the necessary expertise such a venture would require – my favorite option would be the right man, and eventually also a few kids running around the yard 😉
    – a suitable place & location (out there surrounded by a measure of nature, but accessible for people to pop in)
    – a visa to stay in the country (I am currently volunteering for another good year)
    – finances (though I think those could be raised if there is a good concept), as I would prefer a hospitality/donation based concept to a business

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