Boomerang Workers

Dan MillerJob Search, Just a Job8 Comments

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?

Dan MillerEntrepreneur, Just a Job, Personal Development3 Comments

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 path

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!

Dan MillerPersonal Development7 Comments

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?

Dan MillerJob Search, Just a Job, No More Mondays3 Comments

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

What university graduates need to know

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What university graduates need to know A listener just asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? Would I tell it in such a way that would cause me to get booed off stage? How would I present the truth to these young people?  Knowing my concerns about current academic degrees, how would I present a positive message for moving forward?  Questions on today’s Podcast: New voiceover business generates $104,000 last year Dan, if invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would you tell the graduates? Where do wealthy people … Read More

I’m a box of parts and nothing fits together

Dan MillerFinding Passion2 Comments

This is actually a quotation from one of my workshop attendees.  The young man went on to describe how he had the ability to do a lot of things but had never found a clear focus for his career.  This time of year we always see a great number of college graduates who present the same feeling.  “Now that I have this degree, what am I supposed to do?”  Having a degree does not necessarily lead a person in a clear direction.  That’s why we know that 10 years after graduation, 80% of college graduates are working in something totally … Read More

You keep your F – I’m keeping my dream

Dan MillerCoaching22 Comments

When Monty Roberts was in high school, his teacher gave the class the assignment of writing about what they wanted to do when they grew up.  Monty wrote that he wanted to own a ranch and raise thoroughbred racehorses.  His teacher gave him an “F” and explained that the dream was unrealistic for a boy living in a camper in the back of a pickup truck.  He would never be able to make this a reality.  When he offered Monty the chance to rewrite his paper for a higher grade, Monty told him, “You keep your F; I’m keeping my … Read More

Don’t aim to be comfortable

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Get out of your comfort zone

Don’t aim to be comfortable You’ll never be your best if you just want to be comfortable.   Being comfortable can lead to complacency, laziness and mediocrity.  If you’re successful on 80% of the things you try, you’re not stretching enough to find where you are best.  You aren’t growing if you’re always successful.   Questions from this week’s Podcast: Are you in your Sweet Spot or your Comfort Zone? Should you leave a good paying job for one that serves a better cause? As Christians, we tithe on our personal incomes, but what about our business? I’m working 60-70 … 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