My Life is too Small

Recently a 36 yr old MBA in exec position in an exciting industry shared this concern in her coaching profile:  “I have a vague sense that my life is too small.” Living large does not necessarily mean a bigger salary, house, cars or retirement fund.  It has nothing to do with fancy vacations or the latest fashions.  Rather, it means having a life that is full of meaning and purpose.  And that can occur – or be absent – at any place on the continuum of the traditional parameters of “success.”  I’ve seen millionaires who are living life “small” and those … Read More

This really ticks me off

Here’s a recent 48 Days Radio Show listener question: “Dan, I’ve read some of your topics in 48 Days to the Work You Love and I have a couple of interview questions that I have no idea how to respond to.  The first one is ‘What did you accomplish in your last position?’  This question ticks me off.  The reason is I feel that this is a question that should be asked of someone who has a college degree and has worked at a top-notch company.  I’m a 45 year-old woman who has a GED.  I felt this question was … Read More

Coffee Bag Resume leads to dream position

Here’s a note I just received from Aaron Killian – and I’m sharing this with his permission – Dan, I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to follow up with you with regards to my “coffee bag resume” that I sent you in November of 2011. The coffee bag resume *did* work! Here’s my whole story, Dan: I have a degree in Broadcasting from the University of Tennessee, but straight out of college, I took a job producing educational videos. It was a great “j-o-b” for four years, but not quite the calling I wanted for my life. Then I … Read More

We are not normal people

People often ask me what kind of personal skills make someone a candidate to have their own business.  And when I start listing the things I think are helpful, I find that I touch on many things that seem to be contradictory. Is it better to be an extrovert or an introvert?  A dreamer or a realist?  A thinker or a doer?  A socializer or a loner?  Is it more valuable to have imagination or practical skills?  To be  left-brained or right-brained?  Dominant or reserved?  Analytical or expressive?  Change-loving or schedule conforming?  Super intelligent or just normal?  Gorgeous or average? … Read More

Need more money?

“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

I’m just playing it safe

Saturday night Joanne and I were strolling down Main Street in beautiful downtown Franklin, TN where we live.  In a window, on a chalkboard, someone had scribbled this quotation: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. – Cecil Beaton It seems everywhere I turn I’m hearing from people who are recognizing the risks of playing it safe and of doing what is ordinary – what is expected of others. A recent survey showed that when people close … Read More

Would you hire this person?

This addresses a pet peeve of mine.  And that’s the “Objective” on resumes. Here is a recent example on a resume submitted for my review: “To support the growth and profitability of an organization that provides challenge, encourages advancement, and rewards achievement with the opportunity to utilize my experience, skills, and proven abilities.” Sounds great – would you like to hire this person?  But what do you know about this person?  Is he/she a candidate for flipping hamburgers or for a CEO position?  Does he have skills in supervising, organizing, planning, selling, marketing, etc?  Is she proficient in any computer … Read More

Can I have that with cherries on top?

Many of you have a “product” of some kind.  It may be a gadget, a painting, a box of brownies, or an ebook.  Whatever it is, start thinking up ways to “repurpose” your product – ways to change the delivery, tweak the original, or add value. I want you to be able to have multiple streams of income.  Having a variety of products for your prospects will immediately add to your streams.  We are constantly creating new products here at 48 Days, and the list of possibilities just keeps growing.  You should be able to do the same with any … Read More

Jump Shipp – new TV show

On Oct 21, 2011, my friend Josh Shipp will debut his new TV show — JUMP SHIPP on Halogen TV. Josh says:  It’s about people leaving their dead end job and pursing their dream job. Check out this 1 minute trailer: Jump Shipp Promo I had an opportunity to ask Josh a few questions about his upcoming show. Q&A with Josh Shipp, host of Halogen’s JUMP SHIPP by Dan Miller DAN: It seems we all have unusual experiences in our growing up years.  And those typically help shape the direction of our lives.  I grew up a farm and quickly decided I … Read More

Is this really “hard work?”

Don’t you hear people talking about “working hard” all the time?  We hear that from a highly paid CEO, from wealthy athletes, from a guy on a construction crew, and from a stay-at-home mom.   What gives us the feeling of working too hard? Saturday morning I grabbed a wheelbarrow, a shovel and a rake and headed for the back section of a nature trail through the woods on our property.  The temperature was officially at 99 degrees, the wood chip pile I intended to spread was dirty and dry and the trail wound up and down over rocks.  It took … Read More