Are you winning the right game?

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Just a Job7 Comments

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit – and you’re keeping all these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your … Read More

If Brad can do it I can too

Dan MillerNo More Mondays, Personal Development14 Comments

This is the time of year when we all set big goals.  And rightfully so.  I encourage you to think big.  But don’t get stuck hoping to be the next Garth Brooks when you’re not willing to play tonight’s gig down at the local pizza shop.  Most famous people started with not-so-famous work experiences. Check these out: Donald Trump, now a filthy-rich real estate investor, got his start collecting soda bottles for the deposit money. Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers washed dishes at a Chinese restaurant before hitting it big with his computers. Johnny Depp donned makeup for his … Read More

A Business or a Hobby?

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Finding Passion, No More Mondays12 Comments

Dan, I am an entrepreneur at heart but I need some sort of job in order to finance a business. I am in 2 different schools – one for fashion and one to get my MBA. I am also studying for a license to work with imports and I write a fashion blog in my spare time. Any advice?? ********************************************************** Wow – you present a Catch 22 here.  You want to start a business but need a job to fund it?  That implies youdon’t believe it will make enough money to make sense.  Getting a “job” will certainly slow down … Read More

Holiday Job Searching

Dan MillerJob Search, No More Mondays1 Comment

Hi Dan, I’m finishing up a website and resume (I’m a graphic designer) and am hoping to begin the official job search soon. However, should I be concerned that the holidays are approaching? In 48 Days To The Work You Love you suggest that it’s better to NOT contact managers at busy times (Mondays, Fridays, etc…). Would the holiday season/end of the year qualify as an altogether tough time to request interview time?  Thanks for your help,  Chad **************************************************** Chad, Great question!  This is a time of year when a lot of job seekers think they might as well wait until … Read More

“A man with a toothache”

Dan MillerUncategorized12 Comments

Sigmund Freud once stated, “A man with a toothache cannot be in love,” meaning simply that the attention demanded by the toothache doesn’t allow that person to notice anything other than his pain.  In working with people going through job change, I often find Freud’s principle to be confirmed.  I see grown men who have lost their jobs ignoring their wives, hiding out to avoid seeing their friends, watching too much TV and eating foods that blunt their minds.  I see women embarrassed about yet another layoff who then stop going to church, spend money they do not have, read … Read More

Gimme that job!

Dan MillerInterviewing, Just a Job, Marketing, No More Mondays3 Comments

Ever wonder why some people get the cool jobs – even if you have better experience and credentials?  Here’s an example of a guy using creativity to snag a great opportunities.  HeadBlade President Todd Greene was looking for someone that could handle social media for the company.  He said he was looking for someone like himself, someone who was passionate about the product.  He posted the job on Craigslist and got tons of resumes. But one stood out above them all, by far. Eric Romer was himself a “headblader,” and had been using the product and even blogging about it on … Read More

Remember the Sabbath?

Dan MillerUncategorized8 Comments

A day of Sabbath is more than just a spiritual suggestion – it’s a necessity for balance and restoration. A reader writes: Hi, Dan. I feel like I am on the verge of a breakdown. I want to take a short leave of absence from my job to try to get things under control. How do I handle this without my employer thinking I am cuckoo? I just need a break. I am a wife, mother, work full-time, take care of an elderly parent, you name it. ~Signed, Very Overwhelmed in Georgia Is it “cuckoo” to want a break from … Read More

Just Doing My Job!

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays21 Comments

Henry David Thoreau once said: “A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread.” Just doing a job cannot justify doing something unethical, immoral, or dishonest. The guards in the German concentration camps, after becoming friends with the prisoners, would often justify walking them to the gas chambers with, “I’m just doing my job.” I know we have all been inundated with the messy details of the unraveling of Wall Street so I won’t bore you with more of the same. However, hopefully we will learn the lessons from this blatant … Read More