Creative Slump or Need Another Ham Sandwich?

creative

Questions this week: Dan, I want to give your listeners ”5 Things Your Wife Wants You To Know (but probably hasn’t told you)” Can I do outside sales on the side without telling my current employer? I would like to have a full time ministry serving our Lord and defending my Christian  faith. I have been struggling as an online cartoonist for nearly 8 years now. How can I narrow down my core message to the one thing I have to share with the world? Good News More questions Cliff Feightner poem: When your creative well seems dry One thing you need … Read More

Did God call you or are you just wandering?

Find your calling

Questions This Week: I’ve got a conviction on my record.  How can I possibly get an opportunity? I recently stepped out of doing ministry in the church, and I still feel some sort of guilt about it. Currently, I am approximately $260,000 in debt. I’m struggling in determining where to start and would love some advice and direction. Plus good news and great stories on how 48 Days To the Work You Love is working for you. We are all called to ministry — some as engineers, construction workers, bankers, authors, speakers or coaches. Those are equally sacred opportunities for ministry. … Read More

The Magic of Thinking Big

“Try to feel defeated and smile big at the same time. You can't”— David Schwartz, author The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big When you believe I-can-do-it, the How-to-do-it develops.  Don’t “Fake it till you make it” but rather “Tell the truth in advance.”  In this episode I review the timeless classic, The Magic of Thinking Big and share 5 simple action steps to overcome fear and amplify your success. “Try to feel defeated and smile big at the same time.  You can’t.”— David Schwartz, author The Magic of Thinking Big [Tweet This] Show Notes: Episode – 08-11-17 Title: N/A Subtitle: N/A Summary: In this episode, Dan addresses a recurring theme found in his podcast; the idea of thinking BIG. … Read More

What university graduates need to know

What university graduates need to know A listener just asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? Would I tell it in such a way that would cause me to get booed off stage? How would I present the truth to these young people?  Knowing my concerns about current academic degrees, how would I present a positive message for moving forward?  Questions on today’s Podcast: New voiceover business generates $104,000 last year Dan, if invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would you tell the graduates? Where do wealthy people … Read More

100% College Admission – how sad I am

I wrote this post 4 years ago, but was reminded once again, as at this time of year we’re seeing schools scrambling to brag about how many of their brilliant students are being admitted to fine colleges and universities.  And my feelings are stronger now than 4 years ago. ********************************************* Last Sunday on a leisure drive back from lunch, Joanne and I passed one of the most prestigious private high schools in our area.  A big 10ft banner was proudly posted at the front entrance stating: “100% College Admission for our Seniors – again.” I’ll have to admit I cringed upon seeing that.  … Read More

I got on the wrong boat

I got on the wrong boat - 3 things to consider when finding your purpose

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