Category Archives: Finding Passion

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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Go ahead – do what you love

By | Business Start-Up, Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 5 Comments

A couple of years ago, when Joanne and I had a weekly radio show, we went to the company Christmas luncheon.  As a show host we were treated to lunch and lots of other goodies.  One of the other goodies was the privilege of having a caricature drawn by Tracy Latham.  Tracy shared that he had read 48 Days to the Work You Love four years earlier and it inspired him to go into his business full-time.  And that business is drawing these incredible…

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Are you a “people whisperer?”

By | Finding Passion | 5 Comments

We are now familiar with “horse whisperers” as people who are unusually gifted at calming wild horses.  In the 1998 movie, Robert Redford played the man who knew that violence is never the answer.  Well, that same principle is growing in popularity outside of horse training circles.  Today it is being applied successfully by corporations, governmental agencies, school administrators, at-risk-youth, violent offenders and many others. Founded on a consistent set of principles, communication and trust, people whisperers can diffuse tension…

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Just drifting through life

By | Coaching, Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 13 Comments

I recently worked with a 60 year-old gentleman who was living in a week-to-week motel room.  Four years ago he was in a banking position with a six-figure income, first class flights and lots of perks.  As a result of a merger, he quickly ended up with no job, no money and no prospects of either.  He stated, “I have essentially drifted through life.”  It’s funny how not having a plan can periodically lead to success anyway with failure lurking…

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You’re a donkey if you think like this……

By | Entrepreneur, Finding Passion | 5 Comments

I trust you are ready for Thanksgiving – for being thankful for everything we enjoy. Lots of things happening in the 48 Days community – but first: I heard about a donkey that was tied to a 6’ rope.  Unfortunately, there was a tasty bale of hay just 8’ away.  How could this poor donkey ever get to eat that hay? Before we suggest a solution – let’s look at some of the exciting things 48 Days community members are…

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Yes you do know your “calling”

By | Finding Passion, Theology | 9 Comments

Is it true that most people know their “calling?” Peter Drucker spent most of the last 10 years of his life working with non-profits, much of that with mega church leaders. In the new book Drucker & Me, here’s what he told his friend Bob Bufford about “calling.” “I am convinced that many, if not most, serious believers at some level understand what their calling is, but that understanding may be buried under years of busyness and distraction.  Yet, that…

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“Human Filing Cabinets?

By | Finding Passion, Just a Job | 7 Comments

I ran across this term a couple of years ago in reference to office buildings — and it made my skin crawl.  Much has been said about the depersonalization of the modern technology worker’s work space.  How can one be creative, innovative and contributing when in a work environment that has all the ambience given to a caged chicken?  When I drive by the high-rise buildings, (I consider anything where you can’t have your feet in the grass in thirty…

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The View From Here

By | Entrepreneur, Failure, Finding Passion, Loving Relationships | 18 Comments

Early in our marriage Dan had a serious discussion with me about my tendency to put him on a pedestal from which he would eventually topple.  I had spent the first seventeen years of my life with my mother on that pedestal. It was all I knew.  With no father in my life and a very domineering mother who was not only to be revered but also feared, it was not surprising that when I met Dan I replaced Mom…

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So What do YOU do?

By | Entrepreneur, Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 40 Comments

I had a “friend” once ask me how on earth could I be content with being just a housewife? She and her husband ran a successful business together and they had raised one “perfect” son who didn’t interfere much with their daily schedules.  I have to admit I was a bit put off by her question and probably stammered a bit as I tried to answer nicely (our husbands were friends) without punching her lights out.  The truth is, I…

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