How to avoid criticism

Aristotle once said – “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”  Yes, you can make sure you never get any criticism by following that formula.  But I’m sure the “be nothing” part of that quotation bothers you as it does me.  So jump in the game – add your opinion, share your advice, be open about your struggles and in the process you will become something.

What’s that extra weight you’re carrying?

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Michael Ford II.  Mike simply calls himself an ordinary man with an extraordinary vision; to see other men fulfill their dreams and please God with their pursuit.  He is the CEO of two companies, give God glory. Apparel Inc., and Orange Mouth Shouts! Inc.  You can check out Mike’s blog or get a copy of his newest book – So, You Have a Dream…Now What?  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] My wife and I have a chair that sits in one of the corners of our room. The … Read More

Ministry Coaching

I have always been overwhelmed with requests for ministry (or pro bono) coaching.  Just today I received a lengthy letter from a 60-yr-old pastor, whose board in his description is replacing him with “a new and younger man.”  He has no health insurance, is living “paycheck to paycheck” and has no idea where to go from here. After a “ministry” lunch meeting today, I made a quick stop at the bank. I needed to make a  transfer of some funds into my son Jared’s account so he can book his return flight to Mombasa, Kenya.  The teller dissolved into tears … Read More

I’m too well to go!

The old John Belushi movie, Animal House, really has no positive qualities that I can remember.  It glorified the worst of college life, complete with all the abuses immature students can dream up.  But there is one line in that movie that has always jumped out at me. One of the fraternity boys is inviting his girlfriend to the upcoming toga party.  She’s trying to convince him he’s more mature than that.  But he says, “It’s a fraternity party.  I’m in the fraternity.  How can I miss?”  And in a line of movie genius she quickly replies, “I’ll write you … Read More

Which did you choose?

“You can choose safety, security, and order or you can choose freedom, creativity and mystery.  I will always choose the latter because I believe the risk of getting wounded along the way is less than the risk of never having lived at all.” Jared Angaza, co-author Wisdom Meets Passion

Five ways to know if your job is making you ugly….

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Ferina Santos, part of the team behind Open Colleges, Australia’s provider of beauty courses. A feisty nerd at heart with an obsession for media and vanity, she captures all her random musings with daily photographs in her blog, APinkBanana. She spends her free time reading, tweeting, and with riding her horses into the sunset.  And yes, that’s really her in the photo here.  Ferina is a reader of my blog and asked about creating a post that drew on her area of expertise but would appeal to my readers.  I love how she developed this theme. … Read More

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