I’ve drifted away from my “Why”

Dan MillerTheology, Wisdom meets Passion42 Comments

When I started 48 Days I was teaching a Sunday School class on finding your purpose and calling.  My Why was that I knew then as now that over 80% of Americans say they do not have their dream job.  I wanted to inspire that 80% to find or create work that was meaningful, aligned with their purpose and able to generate the money necessary to fund their dream. I know:  People who love their work are more productive and more creative. They are more in touch with their God inspired calling. They are happier and have happier families. They … Read More

Quick get outta the pot

Dan MillerPersonal Development, Wisdom meets Passion2 Comments

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

What a Dad!

Dan MillerLoving Relationships, No More Mondays, Wisdom meets Passion1 Comment

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……..

Dan MillerLoving Relationships, Theology, Wisdom meets Passion2 Comments

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

100% College Admission – how sad I am

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays, Uncategorized, Wisdom meets Passion11 Comments

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

Artist or employee – maybe not an either or

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Wisdom meets Passion2 Comments

In preparation for Innovate, we are hearing from lots of “starving artists.”  You know the routine – you do a demo for your next album and hope to get a $100 gig at a local restaurant to buy groceries tomorrow.  Sell one painting for $300 then wonder how you’ll pay the rent this month.  Get your book published but then wonder how the $1.50 royalty is just compensation for all the work involved.  Not everyone tries to make a living from their “art.” The Story of T.S. Eliot T S Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social … Read More

Are you in misery – move!

Dan MillerPersonal Development, Wisdom meets Passion7 Comments

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

Dan MillerFinancial Freedom, Personal Development, Wisdom meets Passion7 Comments

“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

Don’t be a donkey- Make a decision

Dan MillerWisdom meets Passion18 Comments

In medieval logic there is the dilemma of a donkey that is placed equidistantly from two piles of food of equal size and quality. A perfectly symmetrical situation. If the behavior of the donkey is completely rational, it will have no reason to prefer one pile to the other and therefore cannot reach a decision over which pile to eat first.  So it remains in its original position and starves to death. This dilemma is called “Buridan’s ass.” I find many people immobilized by the challenge of choosing – even if both choices are apparently attractive.  Two great schools, two … Read More

No car no mortgage and a happy life

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Wisdom meets Passion5 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 group. Reports indicate that in this community, more than half the Amish have left the farms to work in small … Read More