Finding Passion

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 »
In the first few moments of the movie Collateral, the taxi driver, played by Jamie Foxx, tells Tom Cruise’s character: “I’m not in this for the long haul.  This is just filling in—I’m putting some things together—I’m going to open my own limo service.” Cruise asks him, “How long you been doing this?” To which the taxi driver replies, “Twelve years.” This is a classic example Read more »
Here's a recent 48 Days On-Demand Radio question: Dan, I am 32 years old and I have just started an MBA program at Auburn University because I have spent the past 5 years in a very technical/engineering position at the bottom of the corporate ladder. I picked the MBA route because with each company I have evaluated a lot of the upper management had their MBAs. Since my desire has always been to Read more »
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 »