Finding Passion

I Know the Secret

Dan Miller —  September 24, 2014 — 6 Comments
Remember a few years back with all the talk regarding the book and movie The Secret?  The basic premise involves a centuries old principle called The Law of Attraction.  The Secret author Rhonda Byrne and her co-presenters maintained that everything that happens in our lives is a result of our thinking.  So if you want a new Mercedes in your driveway, all you have to do is Ask, Believe and Receive.  Read more »
A couple of years ago I recommended looking at Seth Godin’s book, Purple Cow.  I ordered it immediately when it was released and was one of the fortunate ones who received the book in an actual milk carton.  Seth is a radical marketing guy who makes the case that black, white, and brown cows don’t get our attention – but a Purple Cow; now that would make us look.  He uses this same thinking Read more »
Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time.  He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive.  He wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up and dream some fresh dreams.  His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought. Wow!  When’s Read more »
In Friday’s news the Bureau of Labor Statistics says U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. “But the rate dropped because more people without jobs stopped looking for one and were no longer counted Read more »
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 »