Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Harold Ramis is the actor and director probably best known for his role as Egon in the movie Ghostbusters.  He once laid out his rule for success:  “Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him.  Hang out with him. Try to be helpful.” Brian Tracy said one of the hallmark … Read More

How can I thrive if I really want to help the needy?

Here’s a note I received this week from someone who wants to be a coach. ”Dan –With the poverty of the USA my spirit doesn’t feel right charging the poor that need help for coaching them in the right direction. Out of the love in my heart for others and their burdens I cannot see putting a boundary up (money) … Read More

Can I do this and make money?

Yes, I know I talk a lot about turning your passion into profits.  A lot of people still question whether passion should be part of the equation when looking for work.  Shouldn’t we just be responsible and find something with a paycheck?  When we released  Wisdom meets Passion I was inundated with inquiries about how people can turn their passion into … Read More

There’s always another solution

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender.  The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgive the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his … Read More

I just want more money and less work

I just got a FedEx delivery.  This was a new driver, and as I always do, I talked to him about his work – did he love it, did he have any dreams for something else, etc.  I asked if he was an employee or an independent contractor as I know FedEx has both. Just the normal conversation I have … Read More

But I had no choice

You’ve heard the story about a man riding a horse at breakneck speed.  It appears he’s going someplace very important.  A man standing along the roadside shouts, “Where are you going?”  To which the rider yells back, “I don’t know.   Ask the horse.” This seems to be essentially the story I’m hearing from lots of people today.  They’re riding the … Read More

Boomerang Kids

Yes, that’s really the term for kids that go off to college or the great job – only to return to the safety net of Mom and Dad at some point.  I recently had a May graduate describe this issue: “I live at home with my parents which isn’t exactly conducive to building a social life. The rent’s hard to beat, … Read More

Congratulations – you’re fired

“The company where I’ve worked for 30 years will be closing in March 2017. If I stay until the end I will receive a 6-month severance. How can I effectively use the next six months to position myself for a new career, and collect the severance – or is this the right approach? Thanks!”  Jeff Congratulations on getting a 6-month advance notice and … Read More

Please beat me

I once had the opportunity to meet (Apple) Dan Miller, an 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, (Apple) Dan told my Dad to go home, grab a hammer and give his trees a … Read More

Want to be David or Goliath – you get to choose!

As you recall from your Bible history, Goliath was an experienced soldier.  He had all the latest equipment – shield, body armor, sword, and helmet.  Not only was he a big, big guy, but he thought all his fancy equipment would protect him.  David, on the other hand, had none of the fancy stuff.  He had a strong faith in … Read More