Don’t make little plans

In a recent post I mentioned that I would be promoting a new book today.  That book is Chris Guillebeau’s newest creation – The Happiness of Pursuit.  (You can meet with Chris at any of his 40 stops around the country.  Nashville this next Monday, Sept. 15th.) I quoted a passage that says:   “Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”  Security is not our friend.  It is more likely to bury our adventurous spirit and our passion for being fully alive.  In the latest EntreLeadership podcast Seth Godin told Dave Ramsey … Read More

How 48 Days took me from helpless to high-achiever

[note color=”#FDD017″] This is a guest post from 48Days.net member John Henderson.  Recently John sent me a copy of his book along with a handwritten note from his kids that said: “Dear Dan Miller, Thank you for helping my dad find the work he likes. Thanks to you we can live any were we want.  Sincerely Malachi, Porter and Barry.”  John says:  I started my adult life in a less than perfect situation.  Broke, homeless, addicted and on the verge of multiple felonies, I began to change my life.  After years of trying, a few wins and a number of losses, I have re-bounded my life … Read More

Do something that doesn’t work

I just finished reading a new book – not yet released.  I’ll share more on September 9th.  The book is full of stories about people setting out on adventures and big ideas.  Here’s a segment titled  What People Say About An Adventure Or Quest That Involves Perceived Risk: Successful Outcome:  brave, courageous, confident Failed Outcome:  stupid, risky, naive, arrogant Ultimately, our assessment of whether a venture we set out on is brave or stupid depends on the outcome.  So are you going to play it safe and never attempt your big dreams or are you going to “risk” and maybe … Read More

You’re still wearing a necktie – oh no!

I grew up in a Mennonite household.  My Dad was the pastor of the little tiny church in our community and we didn’t do a lot of things other people did.  We didn’t go to dances, movies, ballgames – and we sure didn’t wear neckties.  All those things were signs of being in the “world.”  In my rebelliousness I used to hide a necktie in the barn and grab it on my way out so I could look “cool” like all my friends.  As I grew up and on my own I wore the wide, the hand painted, the narrow, … Read More

No one will mentor me

A recent podcast listener says my advice doesn’t work in Atlanta. “Good Evening Dan Miller, I listen to your Podcast show every Friday. I have taken your advice but it does not seem to work in Atlanta, Georgia. I have tried time after time to acquire successful Mentors but most of the time I’m told No or they don’t have the time. Most people will not share any wisdom or knowledge on how to become more successful in life. Most of the time people judge people based on the news channel here.  I know there’s more to life than getting paid … Read More

Just turn me loose

I heard a story recently about a dog, straining at his leash, barking ferociously at a cat about 15 feet away.  All of his actions just screamed, “Turn me loose, and I’m gonna make things happen.”  All of a sudden, in the midst of a powerful lunge, the leash snapped and the dog was free to go attack the cat.  But he looked astonished, frightened, actually terrified.  He quickly grabbed the leash, ran back to the torn section and lashed it together in a triple knot.  Then he could again safely scream, “If only you turned me loose you’d see … Read More

“Let’s write a swimming pool”

Paul McCartney once said to John Lennon before writing a new song: “Let’s write a swimming pool!”   What he meant is that as talented song artists they could decide in advance to easily generate enough money to build a swimming pool, buy a car, take a dream vacation, or pretty much anything else they wanted. Does your talent translate into tangible things you’d like to have or give, or is there little connection between working, getting a paycheck and simply making a living? Do you see that new car, a family cruise or a swimming pool when you begin a … Read More

What would Dave and Dan do?

Many of you know that Dave Ramsey and I both started our businesses out of the nurturing environment of a supportive church here in Nashville.  In the spring of 1990, the members of Christ Church in Nashville experienced an outpouring of creativity that has impacted millions of people over the last 20 years. Using notes from my Sunday school class “Career Compass 101,” Joanne and I began coaching church members and others in the community who were questioning their calling and the work they were doing.  That volunteer work eventually launched 48 Days to the Work You Love. Here’s my comment for the … Read More

The Great Recovery – start yours today!

Last Thursday evening Dave Ramsey kicked off a national movement called The Great Recovery.  Yes, lots of us are more than a little concerned about: The Economy The Unemployment Numbers Our Own Financial Challenges Our Own Opportunities for Earning and Giving Have you been guilty of thinking you have to wait until “things get better” or until the next election?  Are you angry that the “government” hasn’t created more jobs?  Maybe you’re even upset that God has not provided for your needs. In his presentation Dave masterfully Removed all of these issues from the political area.  It doesn’t matter if … Read More

America – are we still “free”?

Today is July 4th – and we are celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  This morning I was reading in SUCCESS magazine about the founder of that magazine, Orison Swett Marden.  In his personal letter sent to potential subscribers in 1922 he said, ******************************** Dear Dreamer: Hitch your wagon to a STAR! Grant your imagination full sway. For never before in the history of the world has the Door of Opportunity been flung so wide. The reconstruction – the rebuilding – the regeneration of the nations will bring NEW tasks with NEW problems and BIG prizes for those … Read More