Finding Passion

In the eighteenth century, being an immigrant of the United States was no easy road. Being an immigrant that was also a deaf-mute child with physical disabilities was even harder.  When Andrew Clemens was only 5 years old he contracted a “brain fever,” which we now know as encephalitis. Unfortunately, this severe fever left Andrew deaf in both ears. One day, while growing up in Iowa, Andrew Read more »
I just finished reading a new book - not yet released.  I’ll share more on September 9th.  The book is full of stories about people setting out on adventures and big ideas.  Here’s a segment titled  What People Say About An Adventure Or Quest That Involves Perceived Risk: Successful Outcome:  brave, courageous, confident Failed Outcome:  stupid, risky, naive, arrogant Ultimately, our Read more »
At 46 years old, I am doing work that I love for the first time in my life. I have discovered my purpose and passion and all the great things that go along with that. If you are unhappy in your current work situation, maybe I can help shed some light by sharing a little of the process that I went through to get to where I am today. I have worked in a high performance, team based work system for Read more »
I love the idea of “repurposing” content, used materials and products. Think about the pulverized tires that now provide a soft playground area, the plastic bottles that are now picnic tables, the discarded glass that is now an attractive countertop, or the trash paper that is converted into beautiful necklaces and bracelets. As I see more and more vacant buildings around town I keep thinking Read more »
I talk to people each week who desperately long for a new job or would like to start their own business.  But when I suggest they invest in a coaching session or a $17 book they recoil in horror.  Some state that they don’t want to spend any time or money – they just want me to tell them what to do.  A recent 48 Days to the Work You Love purchaser wrote “I don’t want to spend the time Read more »
Joanne just picked up a couple of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, for me at a yard sale.  It's a massively big book so every night I've been reading through some of the short essays. Thoreau said this:  “I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of. Better if they had Read more »
I can't afford to follow my dream.... "Dan, In a recent 48 Days Online Radio Show you said, "Choose the life you want first. Find the community where you’d like to live. As important as I think work is, I still see it as simply one tool for a successful life. Map out the ideal life, then find or create work that embraces that life."   My question is this:  At 42 years old, with a $40,000 per year Read more »
I’m reviewing the June Employment Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning. Overall, the report sounds pretty positive.  "Payroll employment increases by 288,000 in June; unemployment rate declines to 6.1%." But there’s one statistic I always look for - and then break out in a cold sweat when I see it - “Discouraged Workers.” Each quarter the Bureau compiles the current Read more »
“Dan! I’m feeling like I’m in a dead-end situation, but I’m not going to move until God tells me to do so!” I received this note recently from a reader – and it represents thousands of similar notes I continue to receive every single day. “Dan, I’m miserable, frustrated, anxious, sick, exhausted, bored, nervous, worried, concerned, restless, fearful, frightened, apprehensive, Read more »
I love the rich and picturesque questions submitted by 48 Days Podcast listeners.  Here’s one: “Dan, I believe I am at a crossroads. I am a product designer and I have finally achieved a life long dream of designing a product that will soon be released. One would think I would be at the top of my career and would be happy but I am not. To achieve this it has affected my life, health, and my Read more »