Are you in misery – move!

This story about the dog and nail is one of the most commented-on stories in The Rudder of the Day. I heard a story from my friend Bob about an old dog lying on the front porch.  A neighbor approached the porch and could hear the dog softly moaning.  He asked his friend why the dog was whimpering.  And the owner said:  “He’s lying on a nail.” Predictably the man said, “Well, why doesn’t he move?” To which the owner replied, “I guess it doesn’t hurt quite that much yet.”  About a year after sharing this story in my weekly newsletter … Read More

Your Success is Guaranteed – If You Do This

“Here is a rule that will guarantee your success – and possibly make you rich: Invest 3 percent of your income back into yourself.” That’s great advice from Brian Tracy. I’m going to show you the formula that can double or triple your income. Stocks, bonds and mutual funds are for conservative people who just want to protect the money they already have.  I will describe the only investing strategy I recommend if you want to exponentially increase your income. Invest in yourself. It will work for you whether you are employed or in your own business.  It will work … Read More

Don’t be a donkey- Make a decision

In medieval logic there is the dilemma of a donkey that is placed equidistantly from two piles of food of equal size and quality. A perfectly symmetrical situation. If the behavior of the donkey is completely rational, it will have no reason to prefer one pile to the other and therefore cannot reach a decision over which pile to eat first.  So it remains in its original position and starves to death. This dilemma is called “Buridan’s ass.” I find many people immobilized by the challenge of choosing – even if both choices are apparently attractive.  Two great schools, two … Read More

Don’t let this happen

If there is one consistent killer of securing a new job or starting a new business, it’s the poor self-esteem of the person doing the seeking.  Here are some telltale signs your self-esteem may be slipping: — Poor Time Management.  Missing appointments or being late for commitments. — Slacking off on Exercise program.  We take care of what we value and this is a way of saying, “I don’t care about myself.” — Dropping out of group involvement.  Don’t have time this week for school committee, church meetings, study group, etc. — Becoming a Couch Potato.   The worst time … Read More

Here’s the best resources to ramp up your business I’ve ever seen

Every once in a while, I run into some pretty cool people, and like to share their work with you. Today I want to tell you about a wonderful team I’ve been working with recently, namely Ryan and Stephanie from Ultimate Bundles. For several years now, they’ve been putting together some incredible eBook and eCourse bundles. You’ve probably seen some bundles around from time to time, but they’re not all created equally. What I love about Ultimate Bundles is the sheer quality of the resources included each bundle, the way they tie them together to make them instantly actionable, and … Read More

How I make money coaching

Coaching is one of the fastest growing areas of career opportunity today – and yet I see competent coaches making income comparable to that of a hamburger flipper.  We are told that 95% of coaches never make more than $40,000/yr.  So let’s assume that’s a reasonable average – BUT you’re smart enough to recognize some other ways to share your core message. Here’s a brief overview of some of the ways I was making money right from the start – with no books, courses or unique content of my own – and coming from a place of ministry and service.  … Read More

I can do anything you want me to……

A young man, armed with letters of introduction from prominent men, one day presented himself before Chief Engineer Parsons, of the Rapid Transit Commission of New York, as a candidate for a position.  “What can you do?”  Have you any specialty?” asked Mr. Parsons.  “I can do almost anything,” answered the young man.  “Well,” remarked the chief engineer, rising to end the interview, “I have no use for anyone who can ‘almost’ do anything.  I prefer someone who can actually do one thing thoroughly.” * One thing I see repeatedly is people who are “generalists.”  They attempt to do a … Read More

No car no mortgage and a happy life

As many of you know, my grandparents on both sides were Amish.  So I have deep family roots in that culture.  Every time we visit family and friends in Holmes County Ohio,  I find myself fascinated by the quantity of businesses operating in that strong Amish area. We watch 18-wheelers turn down tiny gravel roads to get to the various businesses tucked among the back roads. The diminishing number of people directly involved in agriculture has affected even this agrarian group. Reports indicate that in this community, more than half the Amish have left the farms to work in small … Read More

I need to make money and find a wife

If you’re selling cars, preaching the gospel, or finding a spouse – the process is the same.  That is, if you want effective results. Here is the sequence for successful selling – of anything.  Developing rapport and trust – 40% of the process. Identifying Needs – 30% of the process. Product Presentation – 20% of the process. Gaining Commitment – 10% of the process. I see people coming in to 48Days.net and immediately blasting multiple blog posts with their greatest MLM company that you just must join.  I see people wanting jobs who simply walk in and tell the manager they … Read More

I’m tired of this crappy lunch

In one of my all-time favorite Peanuts cartoons, Charlie Brown complains to Linus that every day his lunch is the same. When Linus asks Charlie Brown who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown looks down at the floor and says, “I do.” When it comes to the activities of our lives, most of us make our own lunches. So while there may be some comfort in sameness, if you want different results, you must do something differently.  If you’ve become a creature of habit, break some of your habits. Drive a different route to work, go to a new restaurant, visit a different … Read More