I leaned into my future and saw this……..

Last week we had our annual sold-out INNOVATE event here at the Sanctuary.  These were people who were willing to fire up their imagination and dream about what is possible.  The diversity in the room was awesome.  As I read through their registration responses I saw those who were a deputy sheriff, car salesman, concert promoter, carpenter, seamstress, dance teacher, video producer, blogger, artist, writer, restaurant owner, banker, stay-at-home mom, photographer, ex-nun, glass sculptor, teacher, e-Bay entrepreneur, speaker, lifestyle evangelist, software developer, tree eater, podcaster, doggy daycare provider, internet salesperson and more. We heard from presenters Deby Dearman, Ken Davis, Bob Baker, … Read More

Don’t forget how to fish

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”  How do you best help someone who is struggling?  If third-world natives are living in poverty, should we send them money?  Or could we teach them how to plant crops or provide a goat that will nourish their family and allow them to sell the excess milk?  If an unmarried woman has a child, should we reward her for having additional children in the way of living quarters and medical care, or … Read More

I have a problem

A few weeks ago I acknowledged a growing challenge with the sidewalk leading to our front door. A full 10ft section had buckled up about 6 inches because of tree roots underneath.  That had ruined the gentle flow of our sidewalk and had created a dangerous lip for people to walk over.  So yes, I had a “problem.” Or was it something else?  When our children were small we never allowed them to come to us with a “problem.”  Rather, it was “an opportunity for a solution.”  And I’ve approached every situation in my business and life in the same way. … Read More

Homeless but Classy

Boston artist Kenji Kayayama has started creating high-quality, hand painted signs to replace makeshift cardboard posters typically used by homeless people.  Their original art is used and they are given an opportunity to tell their story.   It seems many of the homeless are trying to find their voice as much as they are trying to solicit for money. Can you imagine the frustration in being homeless?  Not only is there the need to find food and a place to sleep but it often is the ultimate in feeling like a failure. What do you think is the most helpful … Read More

Desirable Difficulties

Does this seem like an impossible combination to you?  Is it an oxymoron – words that combine contradictory terms?  We recognize oxymorons in terms like: living dead, organized mess, alone in a crowd, jumbo shrimp, hot ice, cruel kindness, plastic glasses, pretty ugly, just war, or a real phony.  You get the idea. But what about Desirable Difficulties? This week in my podcast I had multiple questions about unexpected challenges:  a dad who has a child with signs of autism, a mom who wants to start her own business but now finds herself living in Thailand because of her husband’s … Read More

The Shallow Waters of Avarice

The lead-in question on the information requested when I coach someone personally is this:  “Briefly describe your current work situation.”  Here is a response I received:  “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 of avarice.” Wow – what a powerful and eloquent statement of being off track.  And of the understanding that money is never enough compensation for investing one’s time and energy.  The dictionary defines “avarice” as extreme greed for wealth or material … Read More

Okay where is my money?

I saw a gentleman one time who brought in several of his many business ideas.  He showed me a letter he received from “retired attorney, Phillip A. Brown.”  Mr. Brown carefully explained how he had been shown this wonderful system for success.  All he did was mail out 200 copies of this same coffee-stained crooked page and he had precise records of earnings that totaled $968,494.00!!  And the letter says clearly “YOU WILL RECEIVE OVER $800,000 GUARANTEED!!!  Yes, in all caps and with the exclamation marks. And “This is 100% legal service.” This was one of those where you have … Read More

I work only for the money

“Law school sucked all the life and creativity out of me.”  “I’ve never been happy practicing law.”  “I have never had a sense of purpose.”  “I feel destined to do something great, but have no idea why or what.”  “I work only for the money.” These are statements from a young attorney – who in his last position had been sick for 6 months, “triggered initially by stress.”  But a new “career opportunity” presented itself and he is now working in a prestigious position with a Fortune 500 company.  Unfortunately, the sickness is returning, starting with the symptoms of a … Read More

Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

This is a guest post from Troy Stoneking. In his own words, “I’m a very happily married man who writes, speaks, coaches and consults for individuals and organizations. By combining decades of experience in both the corporate world and entrepreneurship I help others find what they love to do in life whether at a job or in their own business. In addition I show companies how to find and keep the best people. I’d love to connect with you at TroyStoneking.com or on Facebook at Troy Stoneking!”  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.  The road from … Read More

What would happen if everyone did work they love?

Here’s a common question from a 48 Days Radio listener: Hi Dan!  There’s something that subconsciously troubles me about the notion that we should all do work we love.  Part of me feels guilty trying to focus on my passions knowing that at the end of the day, we NEED people to work in slaughter houses and be janitors etc.  Obviously, janitorial work is very important, but are there really people with a passion for feces?  If everybody applied your philosophy how would the “dirty jobs” get done? Thanks,  Dail  Great question!  Reason would tell us that no one would … Read More