What’s your name?

With a new book coming out (Wisdom Meets Passion) written in collaboration with my son, a lot of people are curious about the different last names.  Yes, we are full biological father and son, but the names you see on the cover of the book are Dan Miller and Jared Anganza.  How is that possible?  Isn’t a name given at birth irretractable, written in stone and impossible to change?  Well, as you probably already suspect, it isn’t. It’s funny how we make assumptions based on names.  Just think about the immediate images conjured up if someone has the last name … Read More

Applied Passion

This morning Jared and I were on CH 4 here in Nashville on a noon program called More at Midday – promoting the release of Wisdom Meets Passion.  The interviewer asked us questions about finding our own passion and wisdom.  In listening to Jared talk, I was reminded again of how his passion is never expressed for his benefit only, but always to help elevate someone else to a higher level. I never made the connection while writing the manuscript but this morning – perhaps as a deposit in my wisdom – I realized how closely connected “passion” and “compassion” … Read More

The Red Velvet Rope

Have you ever been at one of those big opening night events – where all the important people walk the red carpet on the other side of that red velvet rope?  Well let’s imagine that you have a red velvet rope for your life?  Who are you going to let inside?  What “friends” do you really want to spend your time with?  What relatives do you want to allow inside your red velvet rope?  If you have a business, what customers will you select? Don’t just think this is being self-centered or egotistical.  If you have no red velvet rope … Read More

Still Not Working

Steve lost his job with a major auto manufacturing corporation four years ago.  After a brief job search he settled into eking out a meager subsistence by living on his wife’s paycheck and drawing a little out of the equity of his house each month.  He surfs the net, meets his friends for lunch, and reads his favorite novels. It appears that millions of men like Steve – although in the prime of their lives, between 30 and 55 – have dropped out of traditional work.  Many of them know they could get jobs, but they turn down jobs that … Read More

Know what you want

“The people who complain the loudest about never having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who have no idea what they really want.  They aren’t happy where they are but can’t tell you where they want to be.” Dan Miller, from Wisdom meets Passion

Going to your well of inspiration

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Follow him on Twitter or subscribe to his blog.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Everyday we’re bombarded by so much information. It seems like everything is vying for our attention. The TV blares commercials to entice you to purchase the next best thing. Magazine ads try to sell you on the way you should look. Or it could be your friends … Read More

God’s Will – or just my passion?

There is a current discussion on 48Days.net where J Sean Allen asks if his passion for old cars could really be part of his “God-ordained purpose” or if it’s just his self-centered materialistic desire.  Cars – Passion vs Distraction. Wow – there’s a question that only comes up about 6000 times a day.  Have you ever asked yourself that?  Have you ever thought that doing God’s will must involve suffering and misery?  That doing something you enjoy is likely just your own selfish desire? Imagine yourself as a parent.  You have a little 5-yr-old boy – and that little boy … Read More

The “overqualified” myth

I’ve never turned down an applicant because I felt he or she was overqualified, and frankly, I don’t think anyone does.  We hear this phrase a lot but it likely just falls in one of these categories:  The hiring manager is afraid the applicant has been around long enough to have some really solid bad habits and doesn’t want to invest the energy to change those.  The hiring manager is intimidated by the applicant’s qualifications and feels unable to manage him/her.  The hiring manager doesn’t like the applicant and doesn’t feel she would fit in will as part of the … Read More

Hearing is NOT Understanding

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Paul McGuire.  Paul McGuire is the creator and curator of the Affluent Student where he provides parents with inspirational, informative, and educational content to enrich their children’s lives through proactive parenting. In addition to the website, you can connect with Paul on Twitter or at his Facebook Fan Page.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] I manage a technical staff of fifteen at a large insurance company. As a matter of routine information sharing I have a staff meeting with my team every other week. You can … Read More

Your “Acres of Diamonds” – book

Years ago there was a story told about a Persian merchant named Ali Hafed.  After hearing about diamonds being found in the high mountains, he sold his little farm and went off in search of the riches that diamonds would bring him.  The story takes an unusual twist as the location of the diamonds unfolds. This is a timeless classic with some life-changing principles for discovering your own “diamonds.”  It has been extremely important to me in my own search for real wealth.    Sometimes the grass is not “greener on the other side of the fence.” I have recaptured this … Read More