Finding Passion

Recently I watched the 2007 movie Lions for Lambs.  In this movie a brilliant but apathetic student asks his professor (Robert Redford), “Is there any difference in trying but failing, and simply failing to try – if you end up in the same place anyway?”  He was attempting to justify taking the safe route; never really taking a stand or trying anything big. What do you think?  Do you cringe Read more »

Have you left the herd?

Dan Miller —  April 30, 2014 — 13 Comments
As I’m working on revisions to 48 Days to the Work You Love for the 10th Anniversary Edition, I’m reminded of the things that really open the door to our success.  I see so many people who are chasing yet one more degree or one more lucky connection to give them the break they need. And then I got a message from Robin Sharma describing the 4 Big Secrets of the Top 5% Achievers.  These are Read more »

Let it Go – really

Dan Miller —  April 22, 2014 — 9 Comments
Okay, if you have children, are a child, know a child, have heard of a child, or are anyone alive on the face of the earth, you recognize Let it Go as a song from the new Disney movie Frozen.  Queen Elsa sings this when she realizes she no longer needs to hang on to what she thought was necessary. Yesterday this wasp landed on my mirror at a red light.  I decided to see if he could hang on at Read more »
I recently listened to Pat Flynn interview Adam Braun (Pencils of Promise) on his Smart Passive Income podcast.  I immediately bought Adam’s new book – The Promise of a Pencil: How an ordinary person can create extraordinary change -   and added it to my reading stack.  Since Joanne and I are in Florida for a few days following Michael Hyatt’s Launch Conference I picked the book up – and Read more »
Joanne and I are at the Launch Conference in Orlando, Florida this week.  One of the main content presenters is Danny de Armas.  Danny is the Senior Associate Pastor at First Baptist of Orlando where he oversees the business functions of that very large church.  He is also an avid runner and marathoner - now qualified to run the Boston Marathon in just one week from Monday.  While talking to Read more »
Stanley Mason died in December of 2006 at the age of 84.  In his last 50 years he invented over 100 inventions and 55 patents include the squeezable ketchup bottle, granola bars, heated pizza boxes, heatproof plastic microwave cookware, dental floss dispensers, the underwire bra and "instant" splints and casts for broken limbs. Mason created his first invention at the age of 7: a clothespin fishing Read more »
This last Thursday we unveiled our new 48 Days Eagle.  We had a packed house for Innovate who got to share in the unveiling. When sculptor Scott Stearman and I first started talking about this piece we discussed the different eagle perspectives he could use.  He said he could capture the magnificence of the eagle while soaring through the air where one wing was just brushing a tree for the Read more »
The lead-in question on the information requested when I coach someone personally is this:  “Briefly describe your current work situation.”  Here is a recent response:  “Antithetical to my personal and professional expectations.  Unfulfilling on multiple levels:  Lack of meaning and purpose; a myopic pursuit of the almighty dollar; a parasitic and never ending voyage into the shallow waters Read more »
I resist using the Department of Labor’s “Dictionary of Occupational Titles” for anyone looking for new careers.  Any narrow categorization of a person’s skills may overlook unique personal characteristics or interests.  If you sell used binoculars on eBay and make $100,000 a year there may not be an occupational title description that fits that well.  But then again, I’m frequently amazed Read more »
“Dan, the merry-go-round of my professional life has left me no farther than a few steps from where I got on and now with a weak stomach.”  Thus began the description of life from a very "successful" attorney. Many times a career path starts because of circumstances, rather than priorities.  Family expectations, chance occurrences, a friendly teacher, or seeking money can lead us down an unfulfilling Read more »