Are You a Passionately Curious Person?

curious, passion

Are you a passionately curious person? Albert Einstein said “I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious.”  What does that mean?  Can we learn to be passionately curious?  What happens if we are not?  Don’t miss out on what’s right in front of you.    Questions this week: What does it mean to be passionately curious? What music can I use on my podcast? How can I be a full-time music therapist? What’s happening in the 48DaysEagles community? And I’ve got good news –  And a whole lot more questions if we get to them. “Everyone is given … Read More

What happens when the dog catches the car?

life purpose, prosperity, advertisity, lost passion

What happens when the dog catches the car? Most of us spend our entire lives chasing the dream of having enough.  What happens when that goal is met?  Do we stop, or is there reason to keep working anyway?  One listener is facing that challenge and Dan talks about life purpose in this episode.   Do you think some sort of good news could be a meaningful, purposeful, and profitable business? I’m a 45 y/o woman & have no idea what my purpose or passion is. My wife refuses to think about long-range plans. How much should I charge my … Read More

Guess what – I just bought the farm!

homeschooling, curious, entrepreneur

Guess what – I just bought the farm! History tells us that when a military jet crashes on a farm the farmer typically gets the government to pay off the mortgage on that farm.  And thus the saying, “He bought the farm” refers to someone dying.  But then there’s the positive side of just deciding to have a small farm.  I’ve got an opportunity where you might just be able to do that – for $300. Do you think the benefits of homeschooling outweigh the costs?  And How can we nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of our children? How do you feel … Read More

Oh no – this happened. How do I move forward?

making decisions

Oh no – this happened.  How do I move forward? My wife, Joanne, and I have used a concise process for all the years of our marriage. When confronted with a decision, we allow a 2-week maximum for arriving at a decision. Whether it is where to move, what kind of car to purchase, making a career or business decision, or how to handle a difficult relationship with a relative, we approach the process as follows: 1. State the problem. 2. Get the advice and opinions of others. 3. List the alternatives. 4. Choose the best alternative. 5. Act. And … Read More

What does this make possible?

change

What does this make possible? When unexpected change comes our first reaction is often one of fear or anger.  We want to hang on to things as they were.  But a healthier response may be to ask (in the wise words of Gail Hyatt) “What does this make possible?”  In this episode we hear from listeners who have been confronted with unwelcome change, and I share about our cease and desist order regarding having live events at the Sanctuary.  The questions this week: The dealership I’m at has just changed their pay plan, and ALL of the salespeople are bummed … Read More

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts…

heartbreak

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts… 5 months after I interviewed a company has contacted me.  Should I even consider them now? What is the most professional way to tell a company that this job/organization is not a right fit after all? Can I just be a life consultant – or do I need a niche? I’d like to start my own consulting practice related to accounting and business, but I am concerned because I have no contacts in the area we’re moving to. Should I self-publish or find a traditional publisher? And … Read More

Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage (Smashing Pumpkins)

Love Not Rage

Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage (Smashing Pumpkins) Questions this week: I would love to move into a position where I can work in student ministry full-time. My wife is, rightfully, worried about us losing our insurance and the security that comes with federal employment if I try to start something on my own. What if I don’t need any more money? Interview with Aaron Walker (View from the Top). Click for more.  I want to do something outside of the software development arena. “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work … Read More

Is our church keeping us from our God given full potential?

church, ants

Is our church keeping us from our God given full potential? Other items we explore: Although I am trying to get certified as a trainer soon, I am still lacking enough education for me to feel like I can successfully work with clients. My dream is to open an organic/natural bakery with pastries, custom decorated cakes, and also maybe some organic cafe items. I’m wearing out in my current career, but I’ve decided to make the best of it for another 18 months when I qualify for a full retirement. I believe we can both get to a point where we … Read More

I’m a Pastor and just got fired

fired, Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m a Pastor and just got fired You might think there are still some jobs that are immune from firing, but I can’t think of any.  Last week I talked to a “tenured” professor who just got fired and pastors are being fired in droves.  Even the President is constantly under threat of hearing his own phrase, “You’re Fired.”  Your security is never in the job, but in knowing how your skills transfer to multiple organizations.  Other questions we discuss: How does one go through a career hunting process when they are very happy in their current career but are … Read More

Finding your path as a high school student

finding path

Finding your path as a high school student  — Last week a listener asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? This week another listener asked – what would you tell a junior or senior in high school who has yet to decide on a major? My suggestions include: allow yourself the freedom of exploration – follow your curiosity.  Find ways to make money – even if you don’t think you want to be an entrepreneur.  Shadow professionals who are doing work you think you might enjoy.  Other questions we explore … Read More