I got on the wrong boat

Recently I received the pre-coaching information profile from a 40-yr-old teacher.  He wrote, “I feel like I got on the wrong boat, and now my life is half over.”   Wow – what a painful statement about moving along in this journey called life.  Are you clear on where you are going?  Or on what your purpose here is?  If not, why not?  How can we find fulfillment, peace and meaning without being clear on our “mission” in life? In sharing this with my wife, Joanne, she paused and then related her absolute confidence in knowing what she was sent here … Read More

Artist or employee – maybe not an either or

In preparation for Innovate, we are hearing from lots of “starving artists.”  You know the routine – you do a demo for your next album and hope to get a $100 gig at a local restaurant to buy groceries tomorrow.  Sell one painting for $300 then wonder how you’ll pay the rent this month.  Get your book published but then wonder how the $1.50 royalty is just compensation for all the work involved.  Not everyone tries to make a living from their “art.” The Story of T.S. Eliot T S Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social … Read More

“My passion doesn’t pay” – how to leverage what you love

I love ____________, but it doesn’t pay enough.  No, the issue is not that it doesn’t pay enough.  The issue is you need to be more creative in your thinking.  With an abundance mentality you can always find ways to generate extraordinary income – far beyond “industry standards.”   You inspired me to do my own thing after reading 48 days. I started buying wrecked BMW’s and Land Rovers and selling the parts on Ebay for extra money. In 2015, we sold 3.5 million dollars in parts on our website and on Ebay. I have a stable job but dread … Read More

So What do YOU do?

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and is affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  Her newest book is titled Be Your Finest Art and that’s also the name of her group here in this community. She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] I had a “friend” once ask me how on earth could I be content … 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

I really am doing work I love

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Jenny Hester, a wife, mom of 3, blogger, beach lover, and now author of “21 Ways to Invite Excellence into your Life“. She says she was as lost as an Easter egg when she attended Coaching with Excellence in May of 2013. Now her new book launches August 19th – 21st and anyone purchasing the book during this time will receive 10 other downloadable books absolutely free. Simply send a copy of your receipt [email protected] get the code for the free books. If you would like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here. [/note] At 46 … Read More

Just an ordinary person with a passion – Pencils of Promise

I recently listened to Pat Flynn interview Adam Braun (Pencils of Promise) on his Smart Passive Income podcast.  I immediately bought Adam’s new book – The Promise of a Pencil: How an ordinary person can create extraordinary change –   and added it to my reading stack.  Since Joanne and I are in Florida for a few days following Michael Hyatt’s Launch Conference I picked the book up – and couldn’t put it down till I finished the last page. The Promise of a Pencil is the story of how Adam’s life was changed when he asked a little boy, … Read More

What are you gonna be when you grow up?

I resist using the Department of Labor’s “Dictionary of Occupational Titles” for anyone looking for new careers.  Any narrow categorization of a person’s skills may overlook unique personal characteristics or interests.  If you sell used binoculars on eBay and make $100,000 a year there may not be an occupational title description that fits that well.  But then again, I’m frequently amazed at some of the titles that are actually listed there.  Here are just a few – I am not making any of these up.  They are listed in the 660 pages of DOL job titles.  You can check them … Read More

The Price of Passion

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by my good friend Rory Vaden.  Rory was a speaker on our Wisdom Meets Passion cruise and is the Cofounder of Southwestern Consulting, Self-Discipline Strategist and Speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. Free daily insights at: Rory Vaden Blog.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note]   If you left your corporate job, started your own business, or chased your dream thinking that “pursuing your passion”would somehow instantly make your life easier, then you are severely mistaken. That is a fantasy-land my friend because … Read More

Don’t Lose Sight of Dreams

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Tim Bishop. Tim consults for small businesses and is a volunteer hope coach for TheHopeLine. He and his wife, Debbie, co-authored Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast. You can read their blog at http://www.openroadpress.com. If you’d like to guest post for this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] After forty-odd years of life, I had begun to wonder whether my dream of getting married would ever happen. Years of searching for companionship proved unfruitful. And past heartaches had paved a narrower road to finding the love of my life. Other … Read More