Hearing is NOT Understanding

Dan MillerNo More Mondays, Personal Development2 Comments

[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

Dan MillerPersonal Development, Wisdom meets Passion3 Comments

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

Is there a market for you?

Dan MillerInventions9 Comments

Thomas Edison once said, “I only want to invent things that sell.”  While this may sound obvious, it’s an important principle to understand if you are getting a degree, looking for a job, starting a business or inventing a product.   And apparently it’s not obvious as we continue to see people wanting to be paid for services or products no one wants. Did you know that 98 percent of all patented inventions never make enough money to recover the expenses of getting a patent? The inventor was deluded into thinking that if he/she could get a patent, surely someone would … Read More

Think you’ve got a new idea?

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Inventions, Wisdom meets Passion6 Comments

“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We just take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn, and they create new and curious combinations. We keep turning making new patterns,  but they are the same old pieces of glass that have been in use throughout all the years.” –Mark Twain

You’re Hired

Dan MillerJob Search14 Comments

Some interesting stats from the July/August issue of INC magazine.  The Questions and comments are mine. New jobs in April – 119,000 Who did the hiring: Companies with fewer than 50 employees – 49% Companies with 50-499 employees – 48% Companies with 500 or more employees – 3% Question:  Why do job-seekers continue to make companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Wal-Mart, General Motors and UPS their prime targets? You increase your odds dramatically by targeting smaller companies. What 2012 college graduates say the top priorities are when looking for a job: Job Security – 33% Salary – 23% … Read More

Chris Guillebeau’s $100 Giveaway

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Finding Passion3 Comments

Chris Guillebeau (The $100 Startup) just completed his second World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon.  At the end of the event he gave everyone who attended $100 cash.  Yep, he went to his bank and withdrew $100,000 to give to the 1000 attendees.  Why would any “businessman” do such a strange thing? I love the confusion his act will cause in those who have a scarcity mentality. Those who believe that if he gives me $100 he is $100 poorer.   Remember the Biblical story of the talents?  It was the guy who made the most profit who ended being given … Read More

This will keep you safe…..

Dan MillerWisdom meets Passion18 Comments

On May 29th I wrote a piece called Planted any watermelons today?  I shared about talking with my neighbor the night before and how he had spent the day planting watermelons – although the doctors had just told him he had 3-6 weeks to live.  Well, that turned out to be pretty accurate.  Bob died on Sunday, July 8th – 41 days after that conversation and just one day short of six weeks. The picture here is of the beautiful floral display at his memorial service.  Notice the basket of produce his family included in the display.  You can see … Read More

Will my negative past limit my future?

Dan MillerPersonal Development12 Comments

A 48Days Podcast listener asks: Dear Dan, I practiced law for over ten years, but I burned out after just three. As my family’s sole breadwinner, it was hard to leave such a lucrative position.  Thankfully, I was laid off in 2011. Determined not to return to law, I became a real estate investor. I’m much happier, but I struggle daily with the negative mental habits acquired in a career I hated: self-doubt, procrastination, seeking instant gratification, and viewing work as a form of punishment. The real me is a self-starter who obtained three Ivy League degrees, persevered to become … Read More

Need more money?

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Just a Job2 Comments

“Work must provide the opportunity for spiritual and personal growth as well as financial success.  The irony is that if it does not provide all three, there will be a natural pressure to keep the financial rewards low.  The search for money alone will always be self-defeating.”    Dan Miller

Goober’s Customer Service Secrets

Dan MillerMarketing, No More Mondays9 Comments

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Johnny Duncan. He is the author of 7 Tips to Creating a Profitable Business through Proper People Management. You can read his blog and you can also follow him on Twitter.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen” — Ernest Hemmingway George Lindsey, the actor who played the character Goober Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show, died recently at the age of 83. His character took over the position of Mayberry’s gas station … Read More