Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment

activity

Questions: I am so ready to go, and every day I want so badly to be making a difference in the world, I just don’t know what the next step is. My wife and I are looking for some coaching help. My wife and I were burned some 20 years ago and are still trying to regain the confidence needed to get back in the game. I want to find a career that I will be happy that makes a specific salary.  I know that I would like to NOT be in sales. Good News More questions Cliff Feightner poem: … Read More

Can I still choose a new career – at 30?

career change

Questions: I have been driving a truck for 3 years, but really dislike my job. There are a lot of high school students meandering their way into college without any sort of direction. I have been an electro-mechanical technician for the last 30 years but now at my age, I am getting to where I can’t do the things I used to. I would try sales, but I don’t know how to show transferrable skills on my resume and show past employment that doesn’t look like a technician resume. HELP! Amazon Merch Good News More questions Cliff Feightner poem: When the unexpected … Read More

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts…

heartbreak

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts… 5 months after I interviewed a company has contacted me.  Should I even consider them now? What is the most professional way to tell a company that this job/organization is not a right fit after all? Can I just be a life consultant – or do I need a niche? I’d like to start my own consulting practice related to accounting and business, but I am concerned because I have no contacts in the area we’re moving to. Should I self-publish or find a traditional publisher? And … Read More

I got on the wrong boat

I got on the wrong boat - 3 things to consider when finding your purpose

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

What are you doing to brig beauty into your life

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