No degrees – just a Mom

As we are headed into Mother’s Day I was reminiscing about my own mother.  At 88, her death was sudden, but not unexpected.  She and Dad were sitting quietly together on Friday evening after a day of activities together.  They were married for 62 years.  For most of those years, Dad was the pastor of the little Mennonite church in Johnsville, Ohio. Mom never had a job title outside our home. VP, CFO, and CEO were not attractive to her.  Her formal education ended with the 8th grade.  But her life touched thousands.  At her funeral we displayed a few … Read More

Make people question your sanity


Make people question your sanity If everyone in your family and workplace commends you on how well you’re doing, maybe you’re not thinking big enough.  Big ideas and goals always attract criticism from small thinkers.  Don’t be afraid to step out with plans that make people think you’re crazy. Questions from this week’s Podcast: We’ve saved $200k and are debating between buying a house or quitting our unfulfilling jobs to travel for 6-12 months as an opportunity like this might not present itself again. What would be a good class or conference to attend to work on my leadership skills … Read More

I’ve got a PhD but no JoB

Cherish your visions and dreams

I’ve got a PhD but no JoB  I’ve got B.S., and MBA, a PhD, a DDS – and no job. My heart breaks every time I see these painful letters.  Typically the writer has a mountain of student loan debt, the embarrassment of no job, and few marketable skills.  In this episode I talk about redefining “education” and getting degrees for the personal experience, not for the “job.” I have a dream to help divorced moms When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and … Read More

Boomerang Kids

Yes, that’s really the term for kids that go off to college or the great job – only to return to the safety net of Mom and Dad at some point.  I recently had a May graduate describe this issue: “I live at home with my parents which isn’t exactly conducive to building a social life. The rent’s hard to beat, the food is great and we even have this great laundry service where you put your clothes on the floor and this magical fairy washes and presses them, but I’m a little restless and frustrated, especially since I haven’t found … Read More

Good for nothing education?

In this week’s 48 Days Podcast, Joanne and I reviewed the many contributions listeners sent in regarding raising creative and entrepreneurial children.  Many of the submissions expressed dismay with our current models of “education” and how the important skills seemed to be learned outside of a classroom. In my continued research into how education is changing, it became clear this is not exactly a new idea. In 1744, when George Washington was just a twelve-year-old boy, the Collected Chiefs of the Indian Nations met to discuss a letter from the College of William & Mary suggesting that they “send twelve of their young … Read More

Teacher was late 111 times but defends his good math teaching

Over the weekend I read several interesting pieces related to the issues we see at 48 Days.  I’m including a few here with questions for you to respond to: A new study from Pew Research Center found that 61% of 19-34 yr olds get their political news from Facebook, whereas only 19% look to local or national TV as their source. We no longer trust the “news” as being unbiased so we might as well get our updates from people who already align with our views.  Is news from our peers rather than from “professionals” a good thing or a … Read More

Does “education” expand or limit your options?

Of course we assume that any degree expands our possibilities.  Someone with an M.D. behind their name certainly has far more options than someone without a graduate degree or even a B.A.  A person with any college degree has more opportunity than a person who has never invested the time, energy and money to get that valuable piece of paper.  Or do they? Some of the most difficult clients I encounter have multiple advanced degrees.  But what happens in times of change is that they see their options as very limited.  The dentist sees his only option as continuing the … Read More

10 Steps to an “education,” jobs and wealth

Do you need a college degree to get ahead today?  That’s one of the hottest topics out there and a continuing question I am being asked.  ( I’m including a new chapter in the revision of 48 Days to the Work You Love titled Yes, I Have an “Education.”) I love the process of learning and have pursued that in multiple ways.  Yes, I did go to college and have both abachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.  I completed my doctoral studies but never turned in a dissertation. Instead of creating a document for four old guys to read I … Read More

Will your fancy degrees help you solve this?

Roland S. Barth, lecturer of education at the Harvard College School of Education, noted recently, “It’s been estimated that fifty years ago high school students graduated knowing perhaps 75 percent of what they needed to know in the workplace.  Today, the estimate is that graduates of our schools leave knowing perhaps 2 percent of what they will need to know.  Ninety-eight percent is yet to come.” Our educational system is failing our children and many of us as adults.  What we need is a system that rewards thinking, not memorization.  Plato encouraged long ago:  “Do not then train youths to … Read More

Are you ready?

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers. -Walter P. Chrysler