I want that job….

There is a story told about a farmer who grew discontent with his farm.  He complained about the lake on his property that always needed to have the fish thinned out.  The rolling hills made it more difficult for him to run the fence rows.  Sometimes he couldn’t even see his cows because they had so much territory to cover.  At night it was so dark it was hard to walk from the barn back to his house. He decided to sell the place and move somewhere really nice.  He called a realtor and made plans to sell his property.  … Read More

Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Harold Ramis is the actor and director probably best known for his role as Egon in the movie Ghostbusters.  He once laid out his rule for success:  “Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him.  Hang out with him. Try to be helpful.” Brian Tracy said one of the hallmark traits of high achievers is that they spend time with people who are already performing at the level at which they want to perform.  Tony Robbins has created an impressive career based on the simple idea of finding someone whose … Read More

How can I thrive if I really want to help the needy?

Here’s a note I received this week from someone who wants to be a coach. ”Dan –With the poverty of the USA my spirit doesn’t feel right charging the poor that need help for coaching them in the right direction. Out of the love in my heart for others and their burdens I cannot see putting a boundary up (money) for what I know can help them.” Coaching is a helping service – and I sincerely hope whatever you are doing in work is a helping service.  Coaching is not unique in being the only way to help others.  So … Read More

Can I do this and make money?

Yes, I know I talk a lot about turning your passion into profits.  A lot of people still question whether passion should be part of the equation when looking for work.  Shouldn’t we just be responsible and find something with a paycheck?  When we released  Wisdom meets Passion I was 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.  I have a neighbor who told me how he became a millionaire at age 33 after reading No More … Read More

I just want more money and less work

I just got a FedEx delivery.  This was a new driver, and as I always do, I talked to him about his work – did he love it, did he have any dreams for something else, etc.  I asked if he was an employee or an independent contractor as I know FedEx has both. Just the normal conversation I have with everyone I meet!! He said his boss has 15 trucks and is an independent contractor.  The young driver said that keeps them from unionizing – a fact that he dislikes.  He’d like to be in a union so they could … Read More

But I had no choice

You’ve heard the 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 you really want to go. I’m currently working with a very prominent lady – … Read More

Boomerang Kids

Yes, that’s really the term for kids that go off to college or the great job – only to return to the safety net of Mom and Dad at some point.  I recently had a May graduate describe this issue: “I live at home with my parents which isn’t exactly conducive to building a social life. The rent’s hard to beat, the food is great and we even have this great laundry service where you put your clothes on the floor and this magical fairy washes and presses them, but I’m a little restless and frustrated, especially since I haven’t found … Read More

Congratulations – you’re fired

“The company where I’ve worked for 30 years will be closing in March 2017. If I stay until the end I will receive a 6-month severance. How can I effectively use the next six months to position myself for a new career, and collect the severance – or is this the right approach? Thanks!”  Jeff Congratulations on getting a 6-month advance notice and then a 6-month severance.  For a company that’s closing, you are being given a very generous exit plan.  Yes, I absolutely recommend you stay where you are and collect the severance.  Think about it – for the next six months … Read More

Please beat me

I once had the opportunity to meet (Apple) Dan Miller, an Amish neighbor of my Dad.  He told me that years ago Dad had complained to him that his apple trees looked beautiful but weren’t producing any apples.  Known far and wide for his apples, (Apple) Dan told my Dad to go home, grab a hammer and give his trees a severe beating around the trunk.  He said they needed to have something wake them up – that life had been too easy and they needed a challenge to come alive.  While this seemed counter to the careful fertilizing, watering and … Read More

Not till God tells me………

“Dan! I’m feeling like I’m in a dead-end situation, but I’m not going to move until God tells me to do so!” I received this note recently from a reader – and it represents thousands of similar notes I’ve received over the last 20 years. The writer continues, “Dan, I’m miserable, frustrated, anxious, sick, exhausted, bored, nervous, worried, concerned, restless, fearful, frightened, apprehensive, troubled, upset, angry, exasperated, incensed, infuriated, discouraged, aggravated, maddened, offended, disappointed, distressed, anguished, tormented, suffering, afflicted, suffering, persecuted” – well, you get the idea.  But he’s not going to move until God himself “tells” him to. Just … Read More