But I had no choice….


I heard a story about a man riding a horse at breakneck speed.  It appears he’s going someplace very important.  A man standing along the roadside shouts, “Where are you going?”  To which the rider yells back, “I don’t know.   Ask the horse.” This seems to be essentially the story I’m hearing from lots of people today.  They’re riding the horse of circumstances, their habits or other people’s expectations.  If that describes you, it’s time to grab the reins and move your life in the direction of where you really want to go. A Real Life Example I’m currently … Read More

This feeds my soul

beauty in life

Joanne brought home some white hyacinths a few days ago. The aroma filling our kitchen is intoxicating.  The weather is getting warmer and outside I see daffodils peeking up through the cold dirt. It reminded me spring is coming, but it also brought to mind this old quotation: “If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one of them and buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul.” – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) Why do I love that so much?  And why does it even make any sense?   Surely if you were down to only two loaves of bread the responsible … Read More

If people like you they’ll listen to you


We are all selling.  Whether you’re a teacher, a homemaker, a CEO or a used car salesman, we’re all selling something.  And that’s okay.  In fact, it’s great news.  Because that’s how we serve each other well.  When I was a young Mennonite farm kid I thought sales people were out to take advantage of us.  But then I heard Zig Ziglar say ”You can get anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”  If people trust you, they’ll do business with you He went on to say, [spp-tweet tweet=”If people like you … Read More

Will you give this guy two dollars?


There is a story of a little boy who was admiring a shiny, brand-new sports car parked on a quiet street.  He slowly walked around the amazing vehicle, savoring every angle.  As he pushed his nose up against the window to get a better view of the inside, the voice of the owner coming up behind startled him. Bob asked, “You like my car?”  “Oh yeah, mister.  It’s awesome.” was the reply. The proud owner said, “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.” “Your brother gave it to you?  Didn’t cost you nothing?” the young boy asked. “Yep, my … Read More

Quick get outta the pot

Be careful who you allow to influence your thinking and actions! Dan explores why successful people surround themselves with others who lift them up.

Be careful who you allow to influence your thinking and actions! In the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki tells the story of the Hawaiian Black Crabs.  If you go down to the beach early in the morning you can easily find black crabs.  You just toss them in your bucket and continue walking on the beach.  Now one of those crabs starts thinking, “We’re bumping around in this little bucket making a lot of noise but going nowhere. I don’t think this is gonna end well.”  Eventually, that crab looks up and thinks, “There’s a whole new world out there.  If … Read More

Are you self-employed?

In live seminars I often ask, “How many of you are self-employed?”  Typically, about 30% of the audience will raise their hands.  Then I ask, “How many of you are working for yourselves?”  A few more hands go up.  Then I may ask, “How many of you currently have only one customer for the services you provide?”  Eventually, everyone realizes that no matter what the situation, we are all really “self-employed.” The company is not going to pay your mortgage or choose the private school you want for your children.  You must do that based on your ability to provide … Read More

Don’t lose your cow!

There’s an old Texas saying: “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.” Is losing your job the milk or the cow?

There’s an old Texas saying that goes:  “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”  In other words, what we see as “failure” may not really have diminished our ability to contribute, produce or earn an income. Is losing your job the milk or the cow?  If your business bombs, have you lost some milk, or is your cow gone?  If you have an accident and can no longer hammer nails, is your cow really gone? General Douglas MacArthur once said, “Security is your ability to produce.” Security does not come from … 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

Are you in misery – move!

This story about the dog and nail is one of the most commented-on stories in The Rudder of the Day. I heard a story from my friend Bob about an old dog lying on the front porch.  A neighbor approached the porch and could hear the dog softly moaning.  He asked his friend why the dog was whimpering.  And the owner said:  “He’s lying on a nail.” Predictably the man said, “Well, why doesn’t he move?” To which the owner replied, “I guess it doesn’t hurt quite that much yet.”  About a year after sharing this story in my weekly newsletter … Read More

Your Success is Guaranteed – If You Do This

“Here is a rule that will guarantee your success – and possibly make you rich: Invest 3 percent of your income back into yourself.” That’s great advice from Brian Tracy. I’m going to show you the formula that can double or triple your income. Stocks, bonds and mutual funds are for conservative people who just want to protect the money they already have.  I will describe the only investing strategy I recommend if you want to exponentially increase your income. Invest in yourself. It will work for you whether you are employed or in your own business.  It will work … Read More