What a Dad!

Look back on the lessons your Dad taught you, even in fun. They just might give you an idea or help you achieve success today.

When Jorg Sprave was 9, his dad took him into the woods for the occasion that should be part of every boy’s growing up experience – making a slingshot.  “We searched and found a perfectly forked hazelwook stick,” Sprave says.  “Then we cut the rubber from a car’s inner tube and made the pouch from an old shoe.”  He was hooked. Today Jorg is 52 – and still making slingshots.  He doesn’t even build them to sell as his designs are one-of-a-kind and pretty exotic.  He uses simple wood triggers and basic mechanics.  Some shoot 6 projectiles at once.  One uses … Read More

I’m your Dad and we don’t do that here……..

In reflecting back on your Dad's influence, what principles have been proven to be true and which have you had to reconsider?

Recently I spoke to a group of church leaders who are going through a tough transition time in the life of their church.  Change is a challenging issue for many of us – in our work, our technology, our cars, our children and our churches. The worst thing I see is churches trying to defend things simply because that’s the way they were done in the past.  Change is painful – but not changing is certain death. Tweet This With Father’s Day right around the corner I was reminded of my own strict upbringing and the principles Dad attempted to pass on … Read More

Is your house a safe place?

Dan shares a look at what makes a home a safe place where animals, kids and adults can feel safe.

I went to lunch with my neighbor Bill yesterday and we started talking about the gentleman who used to live in the house next door. I told Bill about talking with my previous neighbor (Bob) on a bright Sunday morning and how he had spent the day planting watermelons – although the doctors had just told him he had 3-6 weeks to live.  Well, that turned out to be pretty accurate.  Bob died on another Sunday, just 41 days after that conversation and just one day short of six weeks. The picture here is of the beautiful floral display at his memorial service.  Notice the … Read More

Work harder to kill your marriage

Should you work so hard that you give up the time needed for feeding your soul and having a meaningful life? Dan Miller says no!

Here’s a frightening statement.  I read this week where a sales manager was berating his staff for missing their sales quotas.  He screamed at them, “If your marriage is not in trouble, it’s probably because you are not spending enough time on the road doing your job!”  Okay, now we’ve identified the idiot in the room.  How would you respond to that comment from your boss?  Is that the price to pay for “success” at work?  I hope not!  If you’re not making deposits for success in your personal relationships, physical health, and spiritual well-being, no amount of work success … Read More

I need to make money and find a wife

If you’re selling cars, preaching the gospel, or finding a spouse – the process is the same.  That is, if you want effective results. Here is the sequence for successful selling – of anything.  Developing rapport and trust – 40% of the process. Identifying Needs – 30% of the process. Product Presentation – 20% of the process. Gaining Commitment – 10% of the process. I see people coming in to 48Days.net and immediately blasting multiple blog posts with their greatest MLM company that you just must join.  I see people wanting jobs who simply walk in and tell the manager they … Read More

Should I give thanks for this?

I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and a very uncertain political landscape it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  In a recent seminar, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.”  Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Last week I shared about a guy that got an unexpected FedEx package with his “exit papers.”  Whoa! – great sounding terms for unwelcome change. This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year.  In 1937, Napoleon Hill … Read More

My Life is too Small

Recently a 36 yr old MBA in exec position in an exciting industry shared this concern in her coaching profile:  “I have a vague sense that my life is too small.” Living large does not necessarily mean a bigger salary, house, cars or retirement fund.  It has nothing to do with fancy vacations or the latest fashions.  Rather, it means having a life that is full of meaning and purpose.  And that can occur – or be absent – at any place on the continuum of the traditional parameters of “success.”  I’ve seen millionaires who are living life “small” and those … Read More

Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

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 TroyStoneking.com or on Facebook at Troy Stoneking!”  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.  The road from … Read More

Use the personal touch to WOW your customers

[note color=”#FDD017″] This is a guest post by Heidi Bender. She shares thank-you note writing tips and examples on her site Tons of Thanks. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] You must create an experience to stand out with your customers. Thankfully, there are many great ways to do this. One of the best ways is to use thank you notes. Instead of a generic “thank you” in email form, why not take a few minutes to do something memorable? Earlier this year, I participated in Jaime Tardy’s Millionaire Hustlers program. Much to my surprise and … Read More

Yeah I confess I’m experiencing burnout

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 the last time your boss told you to quit working and do more dreaming?  Unfortunately, our culture glamorizes being under time pressure.  Having too much to do with … Read More