You’re not smart enough to make decisions about your own future….

In doing research on current job trends this week I came across this notice to job-seekers from probably the best-known outplacement firm in the country.  I looked around for one of those little bags you see in the back of the airplane seat – because I thought I was going to throw up. ”In order to enter one of our outplacement programs, we require sponsorship by an employee’s company. The reason we cannot accept people without corporate sponsorship is that we cannot overcome the awkward ethical/functional dilemma inherent in working with an ‘unsponsored’ individual. Good outplacement requires the freedom to counsel the … Read More

Serve the world AND make money

Many people with hearts of service and ministry get stuck – knowing what they love to do (passion) and what they do well (talent) but they have no plan for consistently generating money. When my good friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin is asked – “Does God want us to be rich?”  He responds by saying “God wants us to be obsessively preoccupied with the needs of others.”  And you know what he observes happening when that occurs.  In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin points out that money is a testament to your having served another human being.  “Having money is not … Read More

But are you an expert at anything?

As a creative person you may have lots of interests – lots of abilities and lots of talents.  That’s fine if you’re making Heinz 57 ketchup but it won’t serve you well if you want to be seen as an expert in something.   Michael Jordan didn’t just wake up as the best basketball player to ever live – he nurtured an interest, practiced to build his talent, and developed it into a meaningful passion.  Carrie Underwood didn’t just wake up as the superstar performer she is.  She put in thousands of hours studying, practicing and learning to get where … Read More

Iwannapreneur

I get caught in this issue of chasing our passions all the time.  I tell people to follow their passion and then see people get stuck spinning their wheels. Here’s what I think is happening.  When I say follow your passion I’m talking about that activity that brings you joy; that in the doing you are in your zone and that by working in  that activity you are fulfilling your “calling,” “purpose,” and “ministry.”  But what I see in some folks is they are totally immersed in what they want.  I hear Iwanna be my own boss Iwanna have a … Read More

Just reset and move on

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Brad McCullouch, a Special Assistant Attorney General with the State of Mississippi.  Brad is passionate about helping people achieve success in all seven areas of life, and to further that, is launching his new coaching business – CoachingBeyondPotential.  He blogs at How To Have a Positive Attitude and is thrilled to be completing the 48 Days Coaching Mastery Program.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Recently, I spoke with a gentleman who was 65 years old and wanted to start a new career! Wow. He explained that he had … Read More

I stopped dreaming long ago…

Here’s a note I just received from a Wisdom meets Passion reader: Yes, I still do 8.5 hours of time in my “human filing cabinet” each day.  Yes, I still dream of breaking out and finding my true calling. Yes, I’m still scared to death to do so. I stopped dreaming so long ago that I can’t even remember what I loved to do when I was 20, much less 5. I just remember loving baseball more than anything else. Maybe I should get a glove and a ball and find a wall and play catch with myself for a dozen … Read More

Are you overlooking your opportunity?

Antonio Pasin came to the U.S. in 1914 at the age of 16.  He had a dream of having his own business but he had no money and found it difficult to even get a job at only 16.  Finally, he was able to start a small cabinet making business.  To haul his tools to his shop every day he made a small wagon that he pulled along.  But seeing the wagon, his customers began requesting one for their children – and the Radio Flyer was born.  He used scrap metal from the booming auto industry and changed his focus … Read More

Which did you choose?

“You can choose safety, security, and order or you can choose freedom, creativity and mystery.  I will always choose the latter because I believe the risk of getting wounded along the way is less than the risk of never having lived at all.” Jared Angaza, co-author Wisdom Meets Passion

“Passion” or just another shiny object?

With interviews lining up around the release of Wisdom Meets Passion I am seeing some interesting trends. Most of the interviewers ask repeated questions about finding one’s passion.  That seems to be the exciting, intriguing question of the day.  And I think it reflects the fact that so many people don’t feel they have ever identified their “passion.” Here are some tips Jared and I have developed in Wisdom Meets Passion: Passion is not identified while sitting doing nothing. Passion is typically not found while doing our normal routine. Passion is found by being fully engaged in the game of … Read More

You Need the Paycheck and Can’t Quit: 3 Steps to Better Work

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by one of our active 48Days.net members – Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh left a 12-year career at a Fortune 100 company to start her own company, Prolific Living Inc. and follow her passions. She now teaches unhappy professionals how to manage their “mid-career crisis” with a step-by-step plan out of a bad job into work they can love and find profitable. Check out the Smart Exit Blueprint course (open for August registration) or the FREE educational videos for some immediate career tips!  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] … Read More