Does the world really need my contribution?

Mother Teresa, stand out

Does the world really need my contribution?

If you have a talent for technology, art, music or brain surgery, does the world really care?  Is your contribution meaningful if twenty other people can do the same thing?  Let’s look at how to make yourself stand out in a world of sameness.  

  1. Should I move to a job that pays less and requires more hours but is a better fit?
  2. Does the world need my contribution?
  3. Should I give two weeks notice or just quit on payday?
  4. Am I being cold-hearted and unloving thinking that the homeless and/or poor should take some responsibility for their situation?
  5. With stretched finances, having 4 children under 12, should I follow the money or my passion?

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”  — Mother Teresa  Tweet This

Episode – 04-07-17

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Summary:

In this episode, Dan talks about our contribution to the world and whether or not it really matters. He also shares his thoughts about adding your unique value to the world—a world that is already filled with people that share the same gifts, talents, abilities, etc. Dan discusses the topics of responsibility and charity and how sometimes our actions can do a disservice to the homeless and the poor. Tune in as Dan also discloses many resources that will help you work from home and addresses the questions of many listeners, today.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:35 – Dan asks, does the world really need my contribution? If you have a talent for technology, art, music or brain surgery – does the world really care? Is your contribution meaningful if twenty other people can do the same thing? Let’s look at how to make yourself stand out in a world of sameness.
  • 01:01 – FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to https://www.freshbooks.com/48days
  • 01:23Preview of today’s show
  • Should I move to a job that pays less and requires more hours – but is a better fit?
  • Does the world need my contribution?
  • Should I give two weeks’ notice or just quit on payday?
  • Am I being cold-hearted and unloving thinking that the homeless and/or poor should take some responsibility for their situation?
  • With stretched finances, having 4 children under 12, should I follow the money or my passion?
  • 02:06“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” – Mother Teresa
  • 02:31 – Success story from Alexandra who launched her first e-book
  • 02:41 – Alexandra was on a flight when she heard the episode about Uberpreneur and had the idea that she could do the same for AirBnB
  • 03:06 – Her e-book AirBnB Profit Machine: 25 Ways to Make Money On Every Booking is free through April 8
  • 04:15 – Share your success story or question with Dan on AskDan or email him at askdan@48Days.com
  • 05:01 – FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to https://www.freshbooks.com/48days
  • 06:13 – Dan interviewed Andy Andrews, author of The Little Things
  • 06:40 – While at Social Media Marketing World, Dan was reminded of the little things
  • 06:47 – A guy named David introduced himself and asked him if he had a $100 bill in his pocket
  • 07:23 – In his podcast, Dan shared that he always carries a $100 bill
  • 08:02 – When David asked him about it, he was reminded that people are listening to what you say, even if it’s just the little things
  • 08:41Kent asks, what one book would you recommend about working from home?
  • 09:05 – The $100 Startup
  • 09:21 – Money-Making Mom
  • 10:03 – Business Boutique
  • 10:35 – Dan knows people who took action, moved to Tennessee, and started to work on their business
  • 11:10 – Dan says knowledge is never enough, you have to take action and that is what will make the difference
  • 12:03Matt asks, would a voice aimed at young professionals be a necessary addition to the productivity space?
  • 13:10 – There are a lot of people who have done or are doing what you want to do
  • 14:05 – The important question to ask yourself is, “what are you going to do to make a unique selling proposition?”
  • 15:02 – When Michael Hyatt wrote Living Forward, the concept was not new, but it was easy to understand for people
  • 15:32 – Lots of people have been writing about dieting, but then Skinny Bitch comes along and it gets you interested
  • 16:07 – Dan came up with the title of his book and found that adding 48 Days was effective
  • 17:01 – Yes, the world needs your voice, you just have to figure out what unique value you have to offer
  • 17:19Christopher asks, should I give two weeks’ notice or just quit on payday?
    • 17:43 – Dan says the notice depends on your responsibility to the company
    • 18:10 – No matter what the circumstance is, it’s professional courtesy to give two weeks’ notice
    • 18:51 – Time your notice to your advantage and do what you need to so that you don’t leave in bad form with your company
  • 19:15Wendy asks, am I being cold-hearted and unloving thinking that the homeless and/or poor should take some responsibility for their situation?
    • 20:31 – Wendy grew up from a middle class home and had her share of being poor and managed to rise up from that
    • 21:23 – Dan thinks there should be responsibility from the homeless
    • 21:34 – We can provide a band-aid solution, but it will not help them in the long term
    • 22:12 – Dan shares a study done in Rwanda where people who lived on $2 a day were asked to define what poverty is
    • 22:55 – People answered poverty is (1) an empty heart, (2) not knowing your abilities and strengths, (3) not having real progress, (4) isolation, (5) no hope or belief in yourself, (6) broken relationships, (7) not knowing God, (8) not having enough money, (9) consequence of not sharing, (10) lack of good thoughts
    • 23:46 – Out of 10 answers, only ONE talked about money
    • 24:22 – Dan shares the book Toxic Charity where the authors write out, in detail, the negative cycle of charity:
  1. Give once and you elicit appreciation;
  2. Give twice and you create anticipation;
  3. Give three times and you create expectation;
  4. Give four times and it becomes entitlement;
  5. Give five times and you establish dependency.
  • 25:39 – Mike of Toms shoes has written about what he intends to do
  • 25:56 – It is more important to show people how to be productive themselves, rather than give them things
  • 26:11 – Dan’s son, Jared, went to Rwanda and wanted to help women who had no choice but to get involved in prostitution
  • 26:26 – Jared offered another opportunity—earning income through micro-enterprises
  • 26:57 – A lot of what we are doing in America is more harmful to the homeless and the poor
  • 27:05 – Yes, people need to take more responsibility to get out of their situation
  • 28:17 – Kimberly says, my passion is to teach and want to become an educational consultant and write education books when I retire. I joined the 48 Days Eagles community but am unsure where to begin.
    • 29:26 – Look for ways to leverage your teaching experience
    • 30:03 – Check out Dan’s blog where he talks about how to make money coaching
  • 30:38Alex says, our goal is to maximize our influence by making our stories as free and accessible as possible while accepting donations. I have a full-time job and don’t want to limit the influence of the studio to my stories.
    • 31:51 – What is the title or caption of what you are doing that can catch people’s attention?
    • 32:22 – People do not value things that are free
    • 32:57 – The three things that converge that make a good business – passion, talent and money
    • 33:19 – If there isn’t money there, it’s just a hobby and people will not respond to that
    • 34:09 – Patreon can be a platform for what you want to do
    • 35:16 – Historically, having a patron was a way for artists to create their art, but it may be tough in today’s environment
    • 36:15 – Dan had a friend who wanted to do a full-time charity work and asked him if he would help him financially—Dan said “no”
    • 36:31 – The way to do humanitarian work is to have income that will allow you to do that
    • 37:17 – Dan attended a cake auction where he paid big money for a cake, because it was for a worthy cause
    • 37:58 – Turn your idea into something significant that can also earn you income
  • 38:19Lee says, I have an opportunity to change careers where I will earn less, have more hours to work and a longer commute; but, I will enjoy [the job] and the company has committed to pay for my sons’ college education. How much importance should I give to the free college down the road?
    • 39:25 – When you do the math, working for less with more hours is sacrificing more
    • 40:45 – If you are going to get a new job, there may be something that will give you more income
    • 41:25 – Putting your life on hold for a college education, 10 years from now, has its risks
  • 41:50Justin asks, with stretched finances having 4 children under 12—should I follow the money or my passion?
    • 43:22 – Take a fresh look at your skills, abilities, and at yourself to find work that fits you
    • 44:43 – Look for the opportunities that line up with what you want to be doing
  • 45:30 – Dan’s daughter and granddaughter made a video about Innovate
  • 47:02 – Coaching with Excellence – May 25-26, August 31-Sept 1, 2017
  • 47:45 – Check out 48 Days Eagles
  • 48:05 – Dan closes today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. In today’s world where there are many voices, be the voice that adds unique value.
  2. We all have to take responsibility for our own lives, including the homeless and the poor.
  3. As you focus and explore your own skills and goals, watch for the opportunities that open up.

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  • FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to https://www.freshbooks.com/48days
  • To ask Dan a question for the podcast – AskDan or email him at askdan@48Days.com
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  • Archie

    Give someone a fish and they eat for one day. Teach (or so we say coach) them to fish, and they eat the rest of their lives.