Finding Passion

The Shallow Waters of Avarice

By | Financial Freedom, Finding Passion, Just a Job | 8 Comments

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…

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Okay where is my money?

By | Business Start-Up, Coaching, Failure, Finding Passion | 4 Comments

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…

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I work only for the money

By | Financial Freedom, Finding Passion | 9 Comments

“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…

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Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

By | Finding Passion, Loving Relationships | 9 Comments

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 or…

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What would happen if everyone did work they love?

By | Finding Passion | 6 Comments

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…

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When hope is gone

By | Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 14 Comments

This is a time of year when many people are confronted with the fact that their dreams did not come true, their job still stinks, and life is no better than last year.  What do you do when hope seems to be fading?  But is it realistic to lose hope if the car breaks down or you lose your job? A couple of years ago, Joanne and I had the pleasure of doing a 2-hour presentation at the Tennessee Prison…

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Why Eagles fly and Turkeys get eaten

By | Finding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion | 8 Comments

(I’ve never been able to identify an author for this story, and have taken the liberty to modify it over the years.)      Once upon a time in the long, long ago the Eagle and the Turkey were very good friends. Everywhere they went these friends went together.  It was not uncommon for people to look up and see the Eagle and the Turkey flying side by side through the air.      One day while flying, the Turkey…

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Good for nothing education?

By | Entrepreneur, Finding Passion, Personal Development, Wisdom meets Passion | 12 Comments

In this week’s 48 Days Podcast, Joanne and I reviewed the many contributions listeners sent in regarding raising creative and entrepreneurial children.  Many of the submissions expressed dismay with our current models of “education” and how the important skills seemed to be learned outside of a classroom. In my continued research into how education is changing, it became clear this is not exactly a new idea. In 1744, when George Washington was just a twelve-year-old boy, the Collected Chiefs of the Indian Nations…

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The All New 48 Days to the Work You Love Seminar

By | Finding Passion, Job Search, Negotiating Salary, Personal Development | 5 Comments

For more than a decade, 48 Days to the Work You Love has been instrumental in helping people from all walks of life discover or create work they love. Almost daily I hear from people who followed the process and changed their lives. Earlier this year, my publisher released the tenth anniversary edition of the trade book. It isn’t just a reprinting of the original book; it has approximately 60% brand new content. Since the release of the book, the…

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No car but no mortgage either

By | Finding Passion, No More Mondays | 10 Comments

As many of you know, my grandparents on both sides were Amish.  So I have deep family roots in that culture.  Every time we visit family and friends in Holmes County Ohio,  I find myself fascinated by the quantity of businesses operating in that strong Amish area. We watch 18-wheelers turn down tiny gravel roads to get to the various businesses tucked among the back roads. The diminishing number of people directly involved in agriculture has affected even this agrarian…

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