This job makes me feel dirty

hate my job

This week I had a rash of people writing about jobs they hate: This company treats employees like disposable objects A faceless member of management sent a memo to improve the numbers How can I find a job that doesn’t make me feel dirty? I can’t handle the envy, gossip, fights and no respect for the employees in my work place These are common perceptions as some time ago I got a note that said, “My company is going in a strictly money-motivated direction, and my manager may very well be Satan’s offspring.” In their book Decisive, Dan and Chip Heath describe … Read More

Stop trying to climb trees if you’re a duck…….

Discover your strengths

When I was in the sixth grade, a teacher told my friend Phil that the “secret to life is to focus on your weaknesses.” So for the next thirty years he worked on those areas where he was weakest. He struggled with accounting, with organization, and with ordering and inventory control. He ultimately developed some pretty strong . . . weaknesses. Then he discovered the power of focusing on your strengths. He surrounded himself with people who were more competent in all the areas where he was weak. He allowed them to do what they did well while he did the … Read More

Need a bigger financial shovel? Here’s how

financial shovel

A listener asked: Dan, I recall a 48 Days Radio Show episode during which you spoke of real estate as an example of a large financial shovel.  Would you please share other examples of a large shovel you can think of?  Paul Sure – I love even thinking about this.  Many people get a paycheck each week – it’s predictable and not going to change quickly.  But if you’re looking for ways to get a big shovel, here are some possibilities: 7 Ideas For a Big Financial Shovel 1. Create a real estate transaction.  You’ve seen the TV shows, just … Read More

I believe other people are out to help me!

Positive attitude tip: Reach for the opportunity clock in the morning - erase the memory of an alarm clock.

My academic background is in clinical psychology.  But I always wondered, why do we focus exclusively on human pathology and dysfunction?  What about the positive side, the moments when human beings are at their absolute best?  It seems we can give everyone a label, categorizing every action as a dysfunction of some kind.  My wife is an “enabler” because she enjoys helping people, I’ve been accused of being in “denial” because I choose to focus on the good in my past rather than the bad.  My son was “ADHD” because he found it hard to sit in a traditional classroom.  … Read More

15 Hours a Week + 10% Entrepreneur = A Sigh of Relief

Rachel Eubanks shares her sigh of relief after Dan Miller's 15 Hours a Week Entrepreneur Building Formula and Patrick McGinnis' 10% Entrepreneur ideas.

This is a guest post by Rachel Eubanks. She is a beginner, a struggler, a wannabe, a hard worker, but most of all a truth teller. She writes about the beauty and the ugliness of starting your own business as she experiences it each week. With a teaching background, she has no formal training in business so she surrounds herself with wise people and listens to podcasts such as ours. You can read her journal and posts at and also follow her on Instagram. Have you ever been holding your breath and didn’t know it until you exhaled loudly? … Read More

Why profits are better than wages

Dan explores some fundamental questions: what is the difference between residual income and linear income in both providing security and motivation?

This is a tough issue.  We are in a culture that has taught us to expect wages for our time.  The person who makes $10/hr wants $12 and so on.  The attorney who makes $100/hr wants to work his/her way up to $200.  Whatever the level, we’re talking about wages, or linear income.  Is your income linear or residual?  Here’s how you can tell.  Just ask yourself this question:  “How many times do you get paid for every hour you work?”  If you answered, “Only once,” then your income is linear – you are making wages.  Salaries offer linear income. Doctors … Read More

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

Pray with your legs

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass Okay – I’ve referenced this quotation over the years and it continues to prompt a whole lot of questions from you, our readers. People want to know what that means, and furthermore, can I find scripture to support whatever it means. Yes, I see far too many people who are “praying” for solutions and answers – and simply living in that prayerful mode – hands folded and eyes closed, waiting on God to supernaturally give them the specific answers that will remove their … Read More

Unemployed – or ready to launch?

5 Steps To Break the Cycle of Losing

Losing a job can lead to anger, resentment, guilt and depression.  I once worked with a gentleman who lost his job and tried to reposition himself and do a job search. He quickly became discouraged after just a few days with no success.  Then he started hiding out from his wife, pretending to be doing a job search, while in reality he was going to the library to surf the Internet and read magazines.  He consoled himself in fast food and high sugar snacks and quickly added about 25 pounds.  This, in turn, made him self-conscious about his weight and … Read More

100% College Admission – how sad I am

I wrote this post 4 years ago, but was reminded once again, as at this time of year we’re seeing schools scrambling to brag about how many of their brilliant students are being admitted to fine colleges and universities.  And my feelings are stronger now than 4 years ago. ********************************************* Last Sunday on a leisure drive back from lunch, Joanne and I passed one of the most prestigious private high schools in our area.  A big 10ft banner was proudly posted at the front entrance stating: “100% College Admission for our Seniors – again.” I’ll have to admit I cringed upon seeing that.  … Read More