Does the 48 Days Job Search process really work?

I received this note two days ago: Hi, Dan, I have read your book, 48 days, and I wanted to know does your job search process really work? I have been told that approach, mailing through the mail is old school, takes too long, people toss letters like that in the trash, email is faster, people keep emails as oppose to paper, etc. I have been out of work for 4 months now. I am totally petrified. I have tried networking, passing out my resume to family and friends, etc., and still nothing. I am not a fan of picking … 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

Investing in yourself, Jim Rohn, Rich People, Libraries, Books

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 — investing in yourself. It will work for you whether you … Read More

Are my skills appreciated by anyone?

Are my skills and specialized job training appreciated by anyone? Many of you have job training in specific areas.  That can give you an advantage or make you feel trapped.  The key is to draw a line in the sand and take a fresh look at what unique skills you have, what kind of environments you most enjoy, and what are your recurring dreams.  It may confirm what you’re doing now, or it may alert you that a change is needed.  There are too many options to feel trapped.   If I work overtime I’m neglecting my family, if don’t … Read More

“I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference

Do small things with love.

“I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference My son-in-law beat out every other applicant for a desirable position.  When he asked why he was given the opportunity, rather than the many who had better credentials and work history, the hiring manager said he was the only one who stood up when she walked in the job interview room.  How interesting – the little things that make us stand out – good or bad.  Listen to my interview with Andy Andrews on his new book – The Little Things. Should I care that my son wears … Read More

Want a job – interview on Thursday at 9:30 AM

I have always encouraged people to choose Wednesday or Thursday interviews if possible.  Here’s some new research that adds to that advice.  People feel most agreeable on Thursday, according to a study from McGillUniversity in Montreal.  Researchers, who tracked behaviors in people working at least 30 hours a week, found that we become more accommodating as the week progresses toward the weekend.  By Friday, though, the compliant mood is over:  We’re in a rush to finish things and start the weekend.  On Monday, it’s the pressure of the upcoming week.  Productivity peaks Tuesdays – so we’re back to Wednesday and … Read More

Can I do this and make money?

Yes, I know I talk a lot about turning your passion into profits.  With the release of Wisdom meets Passion I have been inundated with inquiries about how people can turn their passion into their income generator.  And you hear me giving examples of artists, sculptors, magicians, comedians and musicians who have done just that.  Just this week I got a note from a young man who told me how he became a millionaire are age 33 after reading No More Mondays – and he’s a Christian musician.  I love hearing those stories and am thrilled at the novel passions … Read More

What opportunities are you missing?

On November 1st I posted a blog – Need an extra $14,000 – in which I shared that we had 4000 copies of 48 Days to the Work You Love that we wanted to get out of inventory.  Here’s the picture of Brian Nash, a local Franklin attorney, as we are loading the last few cases in his van late Saturday evening.  I offered them at $1.00 each and suggested some ideas for making money.  Many of you responded with possibilities but Brian was the only one who made an actual offer – $2000 for all 4000 books – and … Read More

$45,000 – are you kidding me?

Here’s an interesting question from a 48Days Podcast listener: I earn ~$55,000 a year as a CPA. When looking to change jobs I went on three interviews with a company, had a good feeling, and seemed to be going well. The job was almost the same kind of work I was doing. They knew my salary requirement (55k to 60k a year). Then we get to the salary offer, they offered me $45,000; and they were serious. To say the least I was not impressed with them, and do not work for them. How does someone keep from getting some … Read More

And YOU think change is hard…

Last Thursday morning my daughter Ashley and I had the opportunity to speak to a group of Amish kids up in Berlin, Ohio.  Their dynamic teacher, Amy Stauffer-McNutt, is working with this group of 14-18 yr-olds who are no longer in school but realize they have to prepare for work that may look different from what their parents did. Traditionally, most Amish youth drop out of school at 16 and join the family farming operation.  However, in the last decade, with consolidation of agricultural operations across the country, even those farms have disappeared and now a large percentage are moving … Read More