What a Dad!

Look back on the lessons your Dad taught you, even in fun. They just might give you an idea or help you achieve success today.

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……..

In reflecting back on your Dad's influence, what principles have been proven to be true and which have you had to reconsider?

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

Is our church keeping us from our God given full potential?

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Is our church keeping us from our God given full potential? Other items we explore: Although I am trying to get certified as a trainer soon, I am still lacking enough education for me to feel like I can successfully work with clients. My dream is to open an organic/natural bakery with pastries, custom decorated cakes, and also maybe some organic cafe items. I’m wearing out in my current career, but I’ve decided to make the best of it for another 18 months when I qualify for a full retirement. I believe we can both get to a point where we … Read More

Pray with your legs

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass Okay – I’ve referenced this quotation over the years and it continues to prompt a whole lot of questions from you, our readers. People want to know what that means, and furthermore, can I find scripture to support whatever it means. Yes, I see far too many people who are “praying” for solutions and answers – and simply living in that prayerful mode – hands folded and eyes closed, waiting on God to supernaturally give them the specific answers that will remove their … Read More

I’m a Pastor and just got fired

fired, Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m a Pastor and just got fired You might think there are still some jobs that are immune from firing, but I can’t think of any.  Last week I talked to a “tenured” professor who just got fired and pastors are being fired in droves.  Even the President is constantly under threat of hearing his own phrase, “You’re Fired.”  Your security is never in the job, but in knowing how your skills transfer to multiple organizations.  Other questions we discuss: How does one go through a career hunting process when they are very happy in their current career but are … Read More

Boomerang Workers

As unemployment is very low (4.4%) and companies are scrambling to find great employees, they are re-hiring old employees known as boomerang workers.

I am seeing an interesting phenomenon as unemployment is very low (4.4%) and companies are scrambling to find great employees.  Many companies are looking at tried and true employees. They are re-hiring old employees that were let go in leaner times.  Hiring experts call these people “boomerang workers.” “It’s a very smart, enlightened policy,” said Joyce Gioia, president of The Herman Group, a workforce consulting business in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It means that you have taken advantage of the knowledge capital that was built up and you’ve lost in the past.” Some companies actively encourage the process. Pittsburgh-based advertising company, … 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

Finding your path as a high school student

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Finding your path as a high school student  — Last week a listener asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? This week another listener asked – what would you tell a junior or senior in high school who has yet to decide on a major? My suggestions include: allow yourself the freedom of exploration – follow your curiosity.  Find ways to make money – even if you don’t think you want to be an entrepreneur.  Shadow professionals who are doing work you think you might enjoy.  Other questions we explore … 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

Unemployed – or ready to launch?

5 Steps To Break the Cycle of Losing

Losing a job can lead to anger, resentment, guilt and depression.  I once worked with a gentleman who lost his job and tried to reposition himself and do a job search. He quickly became discouraged after just a few days with no success.  Then he started hiding out from his wife, pretending to be doing a job search, while in reality he was going to the library to surf the Internet and read magazines.  He consoled himself in fast food and high sugar snacks and quickly added about 25 pounds.  This, in turn, made him self-conscious about his weight and … Read More