Mercy Me Bart, Just Get a “Real” Job!

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays8 Comments

As I was writing today a song from the incredible new Mercy Me album, All That is Within Me, was playing on the iTunes radio station.  It reminded me of Bart Millard’s explanation for the name of their group.  We were on a John Tesh cruise together last year and Bart told how he and two friends formed their little group and started signing at church camps.  They would receive a “love offering” and with those contributions of $20 and $30 would attempt to buy hotdogs for the week and put gas in their car. One evening he was describing their … Read More

Is Your Music Still in You?

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays66 Comments

Oliver Wendall Holmes once said “Many people die with their music still in them.”  I think that captures the fear of about 99% of the people I see who come in for career coaching.  Either they know exactly what gift or talent they have that they are not using or they are just afraid they have somehow missed finding their real authentic and fulfilling path. What is that area that is lying dormant for you?  I recently had a pharmacist approach me at the end of a short presentation I titled Hold Fast to Dreams.  He said he had been … Read More

I’m in “ministry.” Can I still be rich?

Dan MillerUncategorized2 Comments

Each week I create a new online radio podcast – answering a few of the many questions we receive. Here are some of this week’s questions you can hear discussed on Dan’s Online Radio Show. I begin by talking about the Venn Diagram (like this image) model of business that I use – and how that may help you see multiple streams of income in whatever you are doing.  I have seven revenue streams from different systems that are in place. Then I discuss this first question at length: Can I be in “ministry” and still expect to make significant money? … Read More

I’m Otta Here

Dan MillerNo More Mondays22 Comments

General Motors announced today that they will be offering buyout packages to their entire U.S. hourly workforce – 74,000 workers.  These “please leave” packages will offer between $45,000 and $65,000 to leave the property now.  And that’s with continuing full pension and health care coverage.  If you’ve been there 10 years and you’re willing to give that up as well, you can just grab a cool $140,000 and ride off into the sunset. Here’s where hard negotiating has gotten a GM worker today.  The current UAW member at GM has an average base of $28.12 an hour – but, with … Read More

That Was My Idea!

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, No More Mondays1 Comment

I love seeing innovative ideas come to life.  I like watching Donnie Deutsch’s The Big Idea where he interviews people like friends Julie and Mindee with their new product Boogie Wipes.  A simple idea with a clear business plan.  Then I see kids working on biomedical ideas to come up with winning products like a recent team from Johns Hopkins University.  They developed the Ratavirus Vaccination.  This dry form vaccine will eliminate problems associated with refrigerating and distributing liquid form vaccines in less-developed countries.  The 2007 second place submission, entitled enLight: Enabling Life with Light, was developed by students at … Read More

Now I’m Broke and My Wife is Not Happy

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Each week I create a new online radio podcast – answering a few of the many questions we receive. Here are some of this week’s questions you can hear discussed on Dan’s Online Radio Show. I began this podcast with a 15 minute tirade about MLM companies.  Yes, they are a hot potato issue – lots of negatives and some positives — but the real issue is whether the business model is a fit for you.  Listen for my explanations about how to evaluate any business idea. And then these questions: 1.  Yesterday, my boss pulled me into her office … Read More

The Sky is Falling — Isn’t It?

Dan MillerNo More Mondays, Personal Development2 Comments

The headlines screamed this week – Jobs Cutbacks, Jobs Lost, Job Losses.  The Labor Department has reported that total job numbers were down by 17,000 in January, the first monthly decline since August 2003.  Remember the wonderful children’s fable The Sky is Falling?  This is an old tale about a chicken who believes the sky is falling.  The phrase “the sky is falling” has become a popular cliché indicating a hysterical belief that disaster is crashing down on us.  In the original story Chicken Little is eating lunch one day when an acorn falls on her head.  She mistakenly assumes … Read More

Go Ahead — Take a Big Sip!

Dan MillerNo More Mondays2 Comments

Theologian John S. Dunne tells the story about a group of Spanish sailors who reached the continent of South America after a long and dangerous voyage. They happened to approach right at the headwaters of the Amazon River, an expanse of water so wide the sailors assumed it was a continuation of the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon River is the greatest river in the world. It contains over 20% of the earth’s fresh water. During the rainy season it expands to 24.8 miles wide at inland points. Where it opens into the Atlantic Ocean it is 202 miles wide, discharging … Read More

I’m Leaving — and feeling guilty

Dan MillerJust a Job2 Comments

Each week I create a new online radio podcast — answering a few of the many questions we receive. Here are some of this week’s questions you can hear discussed on the 48 Days Radio Show. 1. My husband started two businesses, for which I am bookkeeper by default. I detest it, it isn’t me. 2. My gift is gab. I’d like to become a professional speaker, but is talent enough? How do I turn talking about nothing into a living? 3. I am currently in a job and soon to graduate from the local community college. I am feeling … Read More