Corbett Barr

Lifestyle Business Weekly

Month: October 2009

Product Reviews at Free Pursuits + Beta Testers Needed


When we returned from our sabbatical back in August, I new I would be really busy for the foreseeable future with various projects. Things are full speed ahead for me, and I’ve already accomplished some of the things that were on my list including writing the first eBook in a series.

I’d like to tell you a little about a few of the other projects I’ve been working on that I’m getting close to releasing to the wild.

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There’s a Long Road Ahead (So Choose a Beautiful One)


Lately I’ve noticed quite a disconnect in the goals people have for themselves and the plans they have for achieving those goals. Having goals is an important step towards living intentionally, but it’s only one step. There are many other things you’ll need to do to achieve those goals.

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Quick Question: Are You Planning to Earn a Living Online or Off?

Today I just have a quick question for you. I tend to write a lot about earning a living online here at Free Pursuits because that’s where I personally work. However, I know that some of you reading this also have lifestyle design plans that involve an “offline” job like teaching, guiding tours, etc.

I would really appreciate if you let me know your plans in the comments. Just a quick answer of online or offline with some brief details would be great. If you’re already earning a living in a way that will or does support your ideal lifestyle, you can comment about what that currently is.

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How to Get Free Market Research


Market research is important in building a business. Before you jump in and start creating a product or service, it’s good to understand what potential customers needs are. A startup business is an inherently risky undertaking, but by using market research effectively, you can remove some of that risk.

What is market research exactly? Market research is about discovering what people want, need, or believe. The term “market” can be somewhat misleading. It’s probably better to think about it as “customer” research. You essentially want to collect information about what potential customers want, need or desire, and then aggregate that information into an overall “market.”

A lot of would-be entrepreneurs think they don’t need market research. These people feel like they’re naturally “in tune” with the market. They think they have a good “gut feel” for what people need or desire. It’s kind of like programmers who write software without a functional spec. This is a simple mistake that leads to the untimely demise of many small businesses.

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Headlands, Contest Update and New Economy Superstar Status


Good Sunday afternoon everyone. I spent the day checking out the fantastic art at the Headlands Center for the Arts fall open house (I especially liked work by Zbigniew Rogalski and Robin Johnston). The center is located in the beautiful Marin Headlands national recreation area, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

The Headlands themselves cover thousands of acres that contain hiking trails, beaches, a lighthouse and amazing vistas. Artist studios occupied by some of the Bay Area’s great emerging artists are spread throughout several old military buildings. If you’re into contemporary art, nature or gorgeous scenery, the Marin Headlands are a must see on your next trip to the Bay Area.

Personal Strategy Session Contest Update

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Win a Free One-on-One Lifestyle Design Strategy Session With Me

Contest update: this contest is now closed, but I will have some availability to work with motivated people in a couple of weeks. If you’re interested in working with me, check out my services page.


How are you progressing towards your own lifestyle design? What obstacles have you run into on your path to becoming self employed or location independent or whatever other goals you have? Could you use a little help or personalized advice?

I want to help, and I’m giving away 5 free one-on-one strategy sessions to readers of Free Pursuits.

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Is “Fake It ‘Till You Make It” Mentality Keeping You Down?

holding-you-downHappy Monday everyone. I just got back to San Francisco after a fantastic weekend in L.A. My wife was in a group art show down there on Friday, and we spent the rest of the weekend catching up with friends.

In between visiting art galleries and catching a great improv comedy show, I really enjoyed reading the comments and email responses to last week’s post on radical lifestyle transparency. It’s clear that transparency for its own sake is controversial, but everyone seems to agree that we need more authenticity and honesty in the worlds of lifestyle design, personal development and online business.

There are countless thousands of bloggers and consultants out there who tell you how to live a better life, how to be productive, how to build a business or how to realize your potential. Many of those people portray themselves as experts on everything in their field, but few of them are open enough for you to really evaluate who they are.

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Radical Lifestyle Transparency

Editor’s note: this post is a little longer than I usually publish here, but it is worth the read. I lay everything on the line here, because I believe that transparency will help us all reach our goals. Total read time is less than 10 minutes. Let me know what you think.


I have to say that I’ve been “practicing what I preach” in some areas and not in others lately.

If you read New Economy Superstar, you know that I’m big on finding like-minded people and interacting with them. If you’re trying to reach any uncommon goals, it’s really important to build a support group so that “normal” society doesn’t drag you back into the fold.

That’s the part that I’ve been pretty good about practicing lately. And doing that has helped me realize that I’m not doing other things I should be.

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New Economy Superstar


I’m very proud today to present to you my new free eBook entitled New Economy Superstar.

Download the PDF version for free here

This is the first book I’ve published here at Free Pursuits, and I hope you enjoy it. My goal for the book is to help people become aware of the tremendous change and opportunity going on in the way people live and work.

Technology, outsourcing, the recent global economic meltdown and a growing desire of workers to take control of their own future is giving small businesses and individuals advantages over big businesses that hasn’t existed before.

I’m convinced that this change will be the biggest opportunity of this generation. This could be your chance to live a happier, wealthier, more independent life.

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Coming Tuesday, October 6: A New Chance to be Happy, Wealthy and Independent

the-train-is-arrivingHappy Sunday, everybody. I’ve been enjoying a little time off this weekend after working hard for the past few weeks to make my upcoming eBook really special. I’ve been talking about the book since late June, and it’s finally ready.

The book is called New Economy Superstar, and it will be released for free to the world on Tuesday, October 6th.

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