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 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

What is Your What?

You’ve heard me talk about the importance of finding your passion, knowing your purpose, blending our personality and creating a plan of action for meaningful work.  Now my friend Steve Olsher has a new book titled What is Your What?  Discover the one amazing thing you were born to do.  From the front jacket cover:  “One person has the power to change the world, impact millions of lives, and leave a legacy for lifetimes to come.  That person is…. YOU!” And here’s my endorsement from the back cover: “We are told the biggest regret shared by people in the last … Read More

So what’s your idea?

I love to watch new ideas come to life.  We often think that for something to be successful we need to have the latest technology, fancy financing, and be an expert with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Sometimes, it’s just a better mousetrap.  I watch lots of ideas coming through Kickstarter – where an idea is shared with the expectation that people will get on board to “back” the idea with money and enthusiasm. On September 30th, sisters Liz and Sarah Downey posted their idea for Foodie Dice.  These are wooden dice that have different food groups printed on them.  You … Read More

Homeless but Classy

Boston artist Kenji Kayayama has started creating high-quality, hand painted signs to replace makeshift cardboard posters typically used by homeless people.  Their original art is used and they are given an opportunity to tell their story.   It seems many of the homeless are trying to find their voice as much as they are trying to solicit for money. Can you imagine the frustration in being homeless?  Not only is there the need to find food and a place to sleep but it often is the ultimate in feeling like a failure. What do you think is the most helpful … Read More

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


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