At 46 years old, I am doing work that I love for the first time in my life. I have discovered my purpose and passion and all the great things that go along with that. If you are unhappy in your current work situation, maybe I can help shed some light by sharing a little of the process that I went through to get to where I am today. I have worked in a high performance, team based work system for Read more »
I love the idea of “repurposing” content, used materials and products. Think about the pulverized tires that now provide a soft playground area, the plastic bottles that are now picnic tables, the discarded glass that is now an attractive countertop, or the trash paper that is converted into beautiful necklaces and bracelets. As I see more and more vacant buildings around town I keep thinking Read more »
Recently I attended an art show and reception at our local library in which my wife Joanne was one of the featured artists.  During the course of the afternoon I also wandered over into the library and naturally found myself in the business section.  Not seeing any copies of my books there I then did a quick search on the library computer and found that the 5 copies of 48 Days to the Work You Love Read more »
1. My wife’s response to my plans was outrage, picturing me in PJ’s on the couch all day. 2. I’d like to follow my passion of being a teacher but I’d lose 20% from my current salary. 3. Can I replace me 200K income with speaking, writing and coaching? 4. Can your job search methods work for people with criminal backgrounds as well as the long term unemployed? Other Notes: for Read more »
Employers keep reporting that they are appalled by the ill-prepared young job candidates they are seeing.  Here are some tips to improve the process: ---  Dress nicely.  One employer said she’d likely hire a young man on the spot if one ever came to the interview wearing a regular shirt and a tie.  Forgetthe shorts, bandanas, sweat suits, bare midriffs, skater pants – and please, don’t have Read more »
I talk to people each week who desperately long for a new job or would like to start their own business.  But when I suggest they invest in a coaching session or a $17 book they recoil in horror.  Some state that they don’t want to spend any time or money – they just want me to tell them what to do.  A recent 48 Days to the Work You Love purchaser wrote “I don’t want to spend the time Read more »
Joanne and I were in Ohio over the weekend, reminiscing with family, and I was told them this story about our Dad - and about life. About 4 years ago I had the opportunity to meet (Apple) Dan Miller, an old Amish neighbor of my Dad.  He told me that years ago Dad had complained to him that his apple trees looked beautiful but weren’t producing any apples.  Known far and wide for his apples, Read more »
1. I got fired from my job in August 2013 and know it was the best thing that happened to me. 2. How do you go about handling your speaking fees and taxes? 3. I’ve been working for a company for over 20 years & need a change. 4. I've just come to terms that I don't like sales. 5. I've always wanted to have start my own business, but the risk to my family scares my wife and me. Quotation - Read more »
I’ve seen every shape, color and creative package of resumes and job applications possible – but never one that actually scared me. But recently, emergency crews at Eastern Illinois University evacuated a building after a campus postal carrier discovered a suspicious looking package addressed to the college admissions office.   "There was no return address, it was poorly written, poorly addressed Read more »
Joanne just picked up a couple of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, for me at a yard sale.  It's a massively big book so every night I've been reading through some of the short essays. Thoreau said this:  “I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of. Better if they had Read more »