Real Simple Magazine – Wise Woman
The Back Story
A representative of Real Simple Magazine contacted Jo at her home in Redondo Beach, California, to discuss the possibility of an article. The editor was interested in her work in the Pentagon where she was Deputy to the Chief of the Logistics Plans and Operations Divisions at Department of the Army Headquarters, though she was a civilian. The editor was also interested in the fact that Jo was a published author and had formed a company. The mission of the company in Jo’s eyes is “Touching Lives – Making a Positive Difference.” The company, GoalMinds, Inc. was formed in 1997 in Alexandria, Virginia. Over the years the company has done training in leadership development, customer service, and personal development topics. She presents weekend retreats, webinars, and teleseminars also.
Asked: If there’s one thing I could tell women, it would be:
“Anticipate change. There have always been major changes in the world, and we need to get on with our lives. Don’t worry about what’s going to happen.”
Today I would add: Think. Think. Think for yourself. Visualize your future then make plans. Sometimes plans change. That’s not a bad thing. Do “what if” drills. What if Donald Trump wins the US presidential election? Will I lose my mind? No, I will adjust and support him, no matter what other people say because I can think for myself.
What if Hillary Clinton wins the election? Same thing. I will adjust and support her. That’s why we have elections – people raise their voices, bureaucrats follow procedures, and one person wins. No matter what you were taught in school, having a winner declared is a good think. Look at the sports teams we adore – the winners.
Books by Jo
Although only one book is mentioned in the article, A Millennium Primer: Take Charge of Your Life, Jo is also author of The Mastermind Alliance: Relationships That Can Make You Money and Memories…My Role in the Burial of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Conflict. She coauthored books on Amazon.com: 101 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills Instantly, Quick and Easy Communication Tips, and From Book Signing to Best Seller: An Insider’s Guide to Conducting a Successful Low-Cost Book Signing Tour. Jo’s longest book-signing tour included 11 locations in the southwest. Her most exciting book-signing was in the Barnes and Noble store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She calls the signing of Take Charge of Your Life at the Barnes and Noble store in El Paso, Texas, the most successful. Every chair in the large store was taken to the location of the mini-seminar Jo held and still people were left standing alongside the walls. The line for autographs was very long. When Jo looked out at the chairs between signing books, she saw a young woman sitting there. “My family is waiting in the car for me,” she said, “but I don’t want to leave.”