I got on the wrong boat

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

Don’t hide what feeds your soul

As I was listening to my friend Chris McCluskey’s podcast on Worship, Work and Play, I heard him reference this old adage: “If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one of them and buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul.” – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) Why does that capture us so?  And why does it even make any sense?  Surely if you were down to only two loaves of bread the responsible thing to do would be to guard them carefully and ration them out as food for your family. And yet a life without beauty is not … 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

My Life is too Small

Recently a 36 yr old MBA in exec position in an exciting industry shared this concern in her coaching profile:  “I have a vague sense that my life is too small.” Living large does not necessarily mean a bigger salary, house, cars or retirement fund.  It has nothing to do with fancy vacations or the latest fashions.  Rather, it means having a life that is full of meaning and purpose.  And that can occur – or be absent – at any place on the continuum of the traditional parameters of “success.”  I’ve seen millionaires who are living life “small” and those … Read More

This really ticks me off

Here’s a recent 48 Days Radio Show listener question: “Dan, I’ve read some of your topics in 48 Days to the Work You Love and I have a couple of interview questions that I have no idea how to respond to.  The first one is ‘What did you accomplish in your last position?’  This question ticks me off.  The reason is I feel that this is a question that should be asked of someone who has a college degree and has worked at a top-notch company.  I’m a 45 year-old woman who has a GED.  I felt this question was … 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

What would happen if everyone did work they love?

Here’s a common question from a 48 Days Radio listener: Hi Dan!  There’s something that subconsciously troubles me about the notion that we should all do work we love.  Part of me feels guilty trying to focus on my passions knowing that at the end of the day, we NEED people to work in slaughter houses and be janitors etc.  Obviously, janitorial work is very important, but are there really people with a passion for feces?  If everybody applied your philosophy how would the “dirty jobs” get done? Thanks,  Dail  Great question!  Reason would tell us that no one would … Read More

I only do business with people who love their work

I hope it’s clear that I’m doing work I love.  Obviously, I would never settle for less.  But you know what else I won’t settle for?  Doing business with someone who doesn’t like their work.  Do you think I want a mechanic working on my prized cars who hates what he’s doing?  Do you think I’d go to a dentist who despised her profession? (And yes, there are too many in this category.) No, I’ll go to extra lengths to make sure I’m doing business with people who have found their passion.  We’ve had the same guys doing our yard … Read More

But I don’t have the degree for the Work I Love

Here’s a recent question from a reader: QUESTION:  Hello, After hearing about your program on the Dave Ramsey show, I decided to check out your web site.  Your course looks good, but what happens once you find the “work you love” and you aren’t “qualified”?  I went to college for over 4 years, but never actually got a degree.  That little piece of paper is holding me back from a lot of things.  Does your course cover how to get jobs that you don’t have experience or qualifications for, but is the work you love?  I really don’t want to … Read More

How to get the exact position you desire

I just joined an 8-week study group on Living the Principles of Think & Grow Rich.  So I’m re-reading that classic book written back in 1937.  In reading through Step Six I was struck by the process Hill describes for getting the job you want – and how similar it is to what I recommend today, 78 years later.  In fact, I had to wonder how much my thinking was influenced by my first readings of this book many years ago.  ( See below for how you can win a copy of Think & Grow Rich.) Here’s his 7 step … Read More