Your Success is Guaranteed – If You Do This

“Here is a rule that will guarantee your success – and possibly make you rich: Invest 3 percent of your income back into yourself.” That’s great advice from Brian Tracy. I’m going to show you the formula that can double or triple your income. Stocks, bonds and mutual funds are for conservative people who just want to protect the money they already have.  I will describe the only investing strategy I recommend if you want to exponentially increase your income. Invest in yourself. It will work for you whether you are employed or in your own business.  It will work … Read More

Don’t be a donkey- Make a decision

In medieval logic there is the dilemma of a donkey that is placed equidistantly from two piles of food of equal size and quality. A perfectly symmetrical situation. If the behavior of the donkey is completely rational, it will have no reason to prefer one pile to the other and therefore cannot reach a decision over which pile to eat first.  So it remains in its original position and starves to death. This dilemma is called “Buridan’s ass.” I find many people immobilized by the challenge of choosing – even if both choices are apparently attractive.  Two great schools, two … Read More

Are my skills appreciated by anyone?

Are my skills and specialized job training appreciated by anyone? Many of you have job training in specific areas.  That can give you an advantage or make you feel trapped.  The key is to draw a line in the sand and take a fresh look at what unique skills you have, what kind of environments you most enjoy, and what are your recurring dreams.  It may confirm what you’re doing now, or it may alert you that a change is needed.  There are too many options to feel trapped.   If I work overtime I’m neglecting my family, if don’t … Read More

“I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference

Do small things with love.

“I almost got the job” – why little things make a difference My son-in-law beat out every other applicant for a desirable position.  When he asked why he was given the opportunity, rather than the many who had better credentials and work history, the hiring manager said he was the only one who stood up when she walked in the job interview room.  How interesting – the little things that make us stand out – good or bad.  Listen to my interview with Andy Andrews on his new book – The Little Things. Should I care that my son wears … Read More

How I make money coaching

Coaching is one of the fastest growing areas of career opportunity today – and yet I see competent coaches making income comparable to that of a hamburger flipper.  We are told that 95% of coaches never make more than $40,000/yr.  So let’s assume that’s a reasonable average – BUT you’re smart enough to recognize some other ways to share your core message. Here’s a brief overview of some of the ways I was making money right from the start – with no books, courses or unique content of my own – and coming from a place of ministry and service.  … Read More

I can do anything you want me to……

A young man, armed with letters of introduction from prominent men, one day presented himself before Chief Engineer Parsons, of the Rapid Transit Commission of New York, as a candidate for a position.  “What can you do?”  Have you any specialty?” asked Mr. Parsons.  “I can do almost anything,” answered the young man.  “Well,” remarked the chief engineer, rising to end the interview, “I have no use for anyone who can ‘almost’ do anything.  I prefer someone who can actually do one thing thoroughly.” * One thing I see repeatedly is people who are “generalists.”  They attempt to do a … Read More

I need to make money and find a wife

If you’re selling cars, preaching the gospel, or finding a spouse – the process is the same.  That is, if you want effective results. Here is the sequence for successful selling – of anything.  Developing rapport and trust – 40% of the process. Identifying Needs – 30% of the process. Product Presentation – 20% of the process. Gaining Commitment – 10% of the process. I see people coming in to 48Days.net and immediately blasting multiple blog posts with their greatest MLM company that you just must join.  I see people wanting jobs who simply walk in and tell the manager they … Read More

I’m tired of this crappy lunch

In one of my all-time favorite Peanuts cartoons, Charlie Brown complains to Linus that every day his lunch is the same. When Linus asks Charlie Brown who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown looks down at the floor and says, “I do.” When it comes to the activities of our lives, most of us make our own lunches. So while there may be some comfort in sameness, if you want different results, you must do something differently.  If you’ve become a creature of habit, break some of your habits. Drive a different route to work, go to a new restaurant, visit a different … Read More

Unusually Unusual

This is the title of a popular 2002 country song by Lonestar. And every time I hear it I think of about 20 of my favorite people. My son Jared fits this category. His clothes, music, and habits have never been “usual.” But what he adds to our family interactions is priceless. My grandson, Caleb, who at 21 is exploring his true interests, will not likely be “usual.” While his basketball team members are driving down the court, Caleb may notice a pretty bird sitting in the window. One of my favorite counselors has been known to ask a client to … Read More

Tell me “What do you do?” and win my favorite CD

We recently had members of the 48 Days Coaching Mastery program here for a two-day event.  One of the critical parts of that process was for each participant to clearly define their expertise.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, being able to clearly communicate your unique value can explode your success.  Read on for a chance at a free gift. Here’s how most people introduce themselves: “Hi, I’m Dan Miller, and I’m an author and career coach. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and did my doctoral work at Oxford.  I’m really looking for new clients.  … Read More