I work only for the money

By | Financial Freedom, Finding Passion | 2 Comments

“Law school sucked all the life and creativity out of me.”  “I’ve never been happy practicing law.”  “I have never had a sense of purpose.”  “I feel destined to do something great, but have no idea why or what.”  “I work only for the money.” These are statements from a young attorney – who in his last position had been sick for 6 months, “triggered initially by stress.”  But a new “career opportunity” presented itself and he is now working…

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Is it okay to make money from a Christian website?

By | Financial Freedom, Food for thought | 4 Comments

A member of 48Days.net recently asked this question: “Is it really okay to make money from a ministry or Christian based website?  For some reason I feel I need confirmation that it’s okay to profit from the things of God.” Shawn – you raise a question that has been an elephant in the room for Christians all through history.  I think the issue is not whether or not you can make money from a Christian website as much as it…

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If you don’t have a job that offers health insurance

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This is a guest post by Dr Carol Peters-Tanksley, an author, speaker, OB-Gyn physician, and ordained Christian minister. You can get Dr Carol’s new book Dr Carol’s Guide to Women’s Health, and find out more and connect with her on her website. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.   Perhaps you work for a small business that doesn’t offer traditional benefits such as health insurance. Perhaps you’re an independent contractor or entrepreneur and…

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Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

By | Finding Passion, Loving Relationships | 9 Comments

This is a guest post from Troy Stoneking. In his own words, “I’m a very happily married man who writes, speaks, coaches and consults for individuals and organizations. By combining decades of experience in both the corporate world and entrepreneurship I help others find what they love to do in life whether at a job or in their own business. In addition I show companies how to find and keep the best people. I’d love to connect with you at TroyStoneking.com or…

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Watch your evenings and know your future

By | No More Mondays, Wisdom meets Passion | 10 Comments

Yesterday a listener of my podcast sent me a quotation he thought I’d enjoy.  The quotation comes from Bertie Charles Forbes (May 14, 1880 – May 6, 1954), a Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine. “Tell me how a young man spends his evenings and I will tell you how far he is likely to go in the world.  The popular notion is that a youth’s progress depends upon how he acts during his working hours.  It…

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Just a broken window but then…

By | Personal Development, Wisdom meets Passion | 26 Comments

There’s a concept in criminal thinking known as the broken window theory.  Introduced in 1982 by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in an article titled “Broken Windows” it included the following example: “Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside….

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My passion is gone for the work I thought I loved

By | Wisdom meets Passion | 5 Comments

I love this question from a listener – What do you do when the passion is gone? Hi Dan, I’m 33 years old, and I’ve been drawing cartoons and comics for as long as I can remember. It just recently became a career after I completed two full length graphic novels in the past few years. My mission statement for my work has always been “To tell stories that are as fun to read as they are to make”, but it’s…

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What would happen if everyone did work they love?

By | Finding Passion | 6 Comments

Here’s a common question from a 48 Days Radio listener: Hi Dan!  There’s something that subconsciously troubles me about the notion that we should all do work we love.  Part of me feels guilty trying to focus on my passions knowing that at the end of the day, we NEED people to work in slaughter houses and be janitors etc.  Obviously, janitorial work is very important, but are there really people with a passion for feces?  If everybody applied your…

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When hope is gone

By | Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 14 Comments

This is a time of year when many people are confronted with the fact that their dreams did not come true, their job still stinks, and life is no better than last year.  What do you do when hope seems to be fading?  But is it realistic to lose hope if the car breaks down or you lose your job? A couple of years ago, Joanne and I had the pleasure of doing a 2-hour presentation at the Tennessee Prison…

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Not ready to make nice

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Remember the song by the Dixie Chicks back in 2006 titled “Not Ready to Make Nice.”  Well, without going into the politics of that song I actually like the message that sometimes it’s just not necessary to try to make everyone else happy. In fact, the negative labels that people have used to describe you – often provide the clues to your unique genius.  Common examples of negative labels may include “loud,” “flighty,” “unfocused,” “sloppy,” “shy,” “quick-tempered,” “opinionated,” “intense,” “unsociable,” “nerdy,”…

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