I believe other people are out to help me!

Positive attitude tip: Reach for the opportunity clock in the morning - erase the memory of an alarm clock.

My academic background is in clinical psychology.  But I always wondered, why do we focus exclusively on human pathology and dysfunction?  What about the positive side, the moments when human beings are at their absolute best?  It seems we can give everyone a label, categorizing every action as a dysfunction of some kind.  My wife is an “enabler” because she enjoys helping people, I’ve been accused of being in “denial” because I choose to focus on the good in my past rather than the bad.  My son was “ADHD” because he found it hard to sit in a traditional classroom.  … Read More

15 Hours a Week + 10% Entrepreneur = A Sigh of Relief

Rachel Eubanks shares her sigh of relief after Dan Miller's 15 Hours a Week Entrepreneur Building Formula and Patrick McGinnis' 10% Entrepreneur ideas.

This is a guest post by Rachel Eubanks. She is a beginner, a struggler, a wannabe, a hard worker, but most of all a truth teller. She writes about the beauty and the ugliness of starting your own business as she experiences it each week. With a teaching background, she has no formal training in business so she surrounds herself with wise people and listens to podcasts such as ours. You can read her journal and posts at inspiretoengage.com and also follow her on Instagram. Have you ever been holding your breath and didn’t know it until you exhaled loudly? … Read More

I’m a box of parts and nothing fits together

I'm a box of parts and nothing fits together

This is actually a quotation from one of my workshop attendees.  The young man went on to describe how he had the ability to do a lot of things but had never found a clear focus for his career.  This time of year we always see a great number of college graduates who present the same feeling.  “Now that I have this degree, what am I supposed to do?”  Having a degree does not necessarily lead a person in a clear direction.  That’s why we know that 10 years after graduation, 80% of college graduates are working in something totally … Read More

100% College Admission – how sad I am

I wrote this post 4 years ago, but was reminded once again, as at this time of year we’re seeing schools scrambling to brag about how many of their brilliant students are being admitted to fine colleges and universities.  And my feelings are stronger now than 4 years ago. ********************************************* Last Sunday on a leisure drive back from lunch, Joanne and I passed one of the most prestigious private high schools in our area.  A big 10ft banner was proudly posted at the front entrance stating: “100% College Admission for our Seniors – again.” I’ll have to admit I cringed upon seeing that.  … Read More

Don’t chase the snake

Don't Chase the Snake -- A Look at Employee Revenge

When I was 10 years old, one of my best friends was Bob Queen.  One afternoon while exploring the back acreage of our farms, a snake bit Bob. Seeing the snake slither off, my immediate response was to run after the snake, track him down and repay the scoundrel for what he had done to my friend.  Bob, however, being a much wiser hunter and outdoorsman, quickly pulled out his knife, lanced the bite, sucked the blood out and spit out the poison.  The focus for him was on his own well being, not on repaying the snake.  How often … Read More

Artist or employee – maybe not an either or

In preparation for Innovate, we are hearing from lots of “starving artists.”  You know the routine – you do a demo for your next album and hope to get a $100 gig at a local restaurant to buy groceries tomorrow.  Sell one painting for $300 then wonder how you’ll pay the rent this month.  Get your book published but then wonder how the $1.50 royalty is just compensation for all the work involved.  Not everyone tries to make a living from their “art.” The Story of T.S. Eliot T S Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social … Read More

Today is the day for this……..

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life … 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 horse of circumstances, their habits or other people’s expectations.  If that describes you, it’s time to grab the reins and move your life in the direction you really want to go. I’m currently working with a very prominent lady – … 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 severe beating around the trunk.  He said they needed to have something wake them up – that life had been too easy and they needed a challenge to come alive.  While this seemed counter to the careful fertilizing, watering and … Read More

Tabula Rasa

This is actually a Latin term meaning “clean slate.”  People who end up successful usually view change differently than the average person. It was a cold December night in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas Edison’s factory was humming with activity. Work was proceeding on a variety of fronts as the great inventor was trying to turn more of his dreams into practical realities.  Edison’s plant, made of concrete and steel, was deemed “fireproof”. As you may have already guessed, it wasn’t! On that frigid night in 1914, the sky was lit up by a sensational blaze that had burst through … Read More