Can I do this and make money?

Yes, I know I talk a lot about turning your passion into profits.  A lot of people still question whether passion should be part of the equation when looking for work.  Shouldn’t we just be responsible and find something with a paycheck?  When we released  Wisdom meets Passion I was inundated with inquiries about how people can turn their passion into their income generator.  And you hear me giving examples of artists, sculptors, magicians, comedians and musicians who have done just that.  I have a neighbor who told me how he became a millionaire at age 33 after reading No More … Read More

I leaned into my future and saw this……..

Last week we had our annual sold-out INNOVATE event here at the Sanctuary.  These were people who were willing to fire up their imagination and dream about what is possible.  The diversity in the room was awesome.  As I read through their registration responses I saw those who were a deputy sheriff, car salesman, concert promoter, carpenter, seamstress, dance teacher, video producer, blogger, artist, writer, restaurant owner, banker, stay-at-home mom, photographer, ex-nun, glass sculptor, teacher, e-Bay entrepreneur, speaker, lifestyle evangelist, software developer, tree eater, podcaster, doggy daycare provider, internet salesperson and more. We heard from presenters Deby Dearman, Ken Davis, Bob Baker, … Read More

My passion is gone for the work I thought I loved

I love this question from a listener – What do you do when the passion is gone? Hi Dan, I’m 33 years old, and I’ve been drawing cartoons and comics for as long as I can remember. It just recently became a career after I completed two full length graphic novels in the past few years. My mission statement for my work has always been “To tell stories that are as fun to read as they are to make”, but it’s becoming something dreadful that I don’t look forward to anymore. It breaks my heart to feel that way towards something … Read More

The 4 Critical Elements of your Work

As I talk with people who are growing in success I keep seeing essential components we can identify that will make us even more successful. It doesn’t matter if you’re a graphic designer, bookkeeper, artist, writer, speaker, computer programmer, web designer, attorney, dentist, coach, inventor or CEO, you can take a look at these elements and see how you’re doing.   Whether you have 1 customer or 10,000 you can look at your job, self-employment, or business to see how you’re engaging your skills to make money and make the world a better place. Rank yourself 1-100% on how well … 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

Are you “wisdom” or “passion?”

I’m doing lots of radio interviews this week based on the content of Wisdom Meets Passion, the new book that I wrote with my 34-yr-old son Jared.  It’s not uncommon for a radio host not to have read the book prior to our interview.  And it’s been interesting to get a glimpse of the common perceptions of the book from those who are seeing it for the first time. For example, people are asking: Does your son Jared represent “passion” while you represent “wisdom?”  Or How much of Jared’s content did you have to remove because you didn’t agree with … Read More

Does God want us to be rich?

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 – money shows up in multiple ways.  In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin points out that money is a testament to your having served another human being.  “Having money is not shameful; it is a certificate of good performance granted to by your grateful fellow citizens.” Too many people shun the idea of making money as evil … Read More

No Passion – there’s a hole in your bucket

What are you passionate about? Too frequently I hear in response to that question – “Nothing”.   Or “I really don’t know.” Certainly you’ve met people who have a clear passion.  They can’t wait to get up in the morning and get started on their work.  They are eager, enthusiastic, understand their purpose and are committed to living it out.  That kind of passion comes from knowing what you were born to do.  Come follow me around for a day or to – and then decide if I’m passionate about my work. Passion helps you get more done is less time.  … Read More

Does God want me to “swallow poison every day”?

Patrice wants to know why she has been unable to develop her passion and the only jobs available are ones that she hates. Here’s part of her lengthy letter: “After everything I’ve been through I’m afraid that somehow, God’s will for me is actually not to pursue the sole vocational passion He appears to have put in my heart, but to do this office work that feels like I’m swallowing poison every day.  Maybe I’m projecting my family’s patterns onto God – child abuse survivors do that, probably even more so than those with healthier backgrounds – but I’m afraid that, … Read More