Category Archives: Finding Passion

I was trapped in fear until I stepped off the edge

By | Finding Passion, No More Mondays, Personal Development | 9 Comments

If you are a regular reader of my blogs and newsletter, you realize I love to study the characteristics of the eagle.  We have carved wooden eagles and bronze eagles around our property to remind us of the traits that make eagles great. In both the Hebrew and Christian faiths the eagle represents the flight of the soul to heaven.  It is the symbol of faith – the connection with the seen and the unseen  — the substance of things…

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Human Filing Cabinets

By | Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 9 Comments

I live in Franklin, TN just south of Nashville.  We have open fields and sprawling pastures with miles and miles of horse fences.  And yet the new office buildings going up don’t seem to recognize the beauty of nature all around us.  The newest development started with a parking garage, then a high rise office building, and now an apartment complex.  Everything seems to be designed to remove the inhabitants from any contact with grass, water or trees.  I don’t…

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How to get the exact position you desire

By | Finding Passion, Job Search | 5 Comments

I just joined an 8-week study group on Living the Principles of Think & Grow Rich.  So I’m re-reading that classic book written back in 1937.  In reading through Step Six I was struck by the process Hill describes for getting the job you want – and how similar it is to what I recommend today, 78 years later.  In fact, I had to wonder how much my thinking was influenced by my first readings of this book many years…

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Breaking the Rules for Forward Momentum

By | Finding Passion, Food for thought | 5 Comments

I like breaking the rules. I always have. My biggest difficulty was that I kept trying to break the rules in established areas. This made life problematic in so many ways, but it also created many more opportunities for me. If businesses and institutions just wouldn’t make so many rules, I wouldn’t have to break them. It’s their fault, really. I remember once in a military land navigation course, the instructors released us on a timed exercise. Everyone walked away…

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Maybe your opportunity looks different than what you expected

By | Finding Passion, Food for thought | 3 Comments

The first Avon lady was a man.  David H. McConnell was a big city bookseller.  In 1892, when the perfume he used to reward loyal customers proved more popular than his paperbacks, he dumped the books and began promoting only the perfumes.  McConnell’s next smart move was assembling a workforce composed entirely of housewives.  In contrast to the then prevalent door-to-door salesmen, Avon ladies made friends with their customers and were not the creepy blue-suede-shoe guys that most people expected…

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Can You Introduce Me to Pat Flynn?

By | Business Start-Up, Financial Freedom, Finding Passion, Food for thought | 67 Comments

Can You Introduce Me to Pat Flynn? The last eight months have been amazing. Wait, that’s an understatement, they’ve been incredible. I have done things I thought were impossible. You’ve probably seen my story somewhere, so I won’t bore you with it. I’ve written about it here on Dan’s blog. In 2012 and 2013, I built an audience through guest posting. In those two years, I guest posted over 70 times. In mid 2014, I realized my go-to strategy wasn’t…

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Jobs come and go – but beauty and grace continue

By | Finding Passion, Personal Development, Wisdom meets Passion | 6 Comments

There are two bluebird families making nests outside my window this morning.  A group of robins are getting their morning drink from our feeder.  The chickadees are moving into a newly hung birdhouse as well.  A brave groundhog just ambled from our barn to the wooded area along the fence. Yes, work needs to be done, plans need to be made, but I don’t want to miss the beauty around me today?  In 1988, I experienced a major business failure. …

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Sanctified Ignorance

By | Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 12 Comments

This is an excerpt from the new 48 Days to the Work You Love.  The story here still breaks my heart when I recall it: Pastor Jones sat in my office, slouched down in the big chair, struggling to relay the events of the last few days. After 19 years of faithful service as a pastor, he had been informed that his contract would not be renewed. No matter how gentle the delivery, the message screamed out at him –…

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Make no small plans – they have no magic

By | Failure, Finding Passion | 6 Comments

Joanne and I just returned from several days in Chicago – our annual pre-Christmas jaunt to relax, enjoy the lights, and celebrate Joanne’s birthday.  We ate at our favorite restaurants, strolled through the decorated stores, browsed in art galleries, enjoyed a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, were guests at a wonderful storytelling event, and talked with friendly people everywhere.  Having done this for many years now, we are quite familiar with the Magnificent Mile, the Water Tower and other notable landmarks. We’ve always been…

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Start 2015 with a clear slate – but then create a clear plan

By | Finding Passion, No More Mondays, Personal Development | One Comment

Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean on January 1st, and look at your life in this way, what would you change?  The real hallmark of truly successful people is not that they do more…

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