You have to be odd

You have to be odd

Questions for this week’s Podcast:

  1. I am a dreamer and know God has given me talents, but I’m not sure how to pursue them.
  2. I’m a 59-year-old career pastor transitioning out of church ministry due to caring for elderly parents.
  3. I would like to move to a new city because I think there might be more opportunity in my field.

Plus some good news!

Cliff Feightner poem this week:

If you find that part of your quest
Is wanting to be your best
You need to prepare
For changes out there
Be ready for every new test

This Week’s Quotation:
Dr. Seuss said, “You have to be odd to be number 1.” — Tweet This

Show Notes:
Episode – 08-18-17

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Summary:

In this episode, Dan explains why being odd is actually beneficial for you. Blending in with the crowd is a guaranteed way to get lost and become unnoticed. Being odd gives you the opportunity to stand out and Dan shares stories of entrepreneurs who decided to embrace their oddities, and take the less common path to success. Tune-in to hear the benefits of not aiming to be better, but different. You’ll also hear Dan respond to listener inquiries and share uplifting news stories around the world.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:42 – Preview of Today’s Show on “You have to be odd”
    • I am a dreamer and know God has given me talents but I’m not sure how to pursue them.
    • I’m a 59-year-old career pastor transitioning out of church ministry due to caring for elderly parents.
    • I would like to move to a new city because I think there might be more opportunity in my field.
    • Good News
    • More questions
    • Seuss said “You have to be odd to be number 1”
  • 01:38 – A poem from Cliff Feightner

If you find that part of your quest
Is wanting to be your best
You need to prepare
For changes out there
Be ready for every new test

  • 02:39 – Resource: Coaching Mastery Program – A form that will help you to figure out if coaching is for you
  • 03:36 – Read this Article about a cop that stops a young man with a stolen suit
    • 04:05 – The teenager explained that he has a job interview and he didn’t have any money for clothes
    • 04:28 – The policeman paid for the clothes and agreed to not charge him for theft
    • 04:41 – 2 days later, the policeman got a call from the teenager and gave him the news that he got the position
  • 05:44 – In Waterloo, Iowa a 16-year old realized her picture day at school was coming up
    • 06:00 – She was terribly depressed that she didn’t comb her hair properly
    • 06:12 – She asked the hairdresser to cut all her hair off
    • 06:22 – The hairdresser refused to shave her hair and spent 13 hours fixing her hair
    • 06:41 – Dan mentions that Jeremy Cowart has an annual event where he invites people who are down and out to come and have their picture taken
    • 08:25 – There are always ways to use your abilities to help others
  • 08:38 – Use whatever skills you have to help
  • 08:47 – Craig Sullivan has been struggling to find love since his wife lost her battle with cancer
    • 08:58 – He was inspired to put his dating profile in a bottle
    • 09:06 – He’s 49 years old and he puts dozens of bottles in the ocean
    • 09:30 – His message has replies from faraway places like Brazil, Turkey, US, South Africa, Portugal, China and Japan; he lives in Scotland
    • 10:16 – He says he’s been contacted by 137 people from the media to interview him
    • 10:43 – Dan shares how he and Joanne met with Jesse Cole last week

    • 11:35 – Jesse draws a crowd
    • 11:40 – When Jesse took over the stadium, it had a minor league team that drew about 200 fans per game
    • 11:55 – They told the City of Savannah they needed a $38M stadium, so they could draw a crowd
    • 12:09 – Jesse took over the old stadium and within the first year of the new stadium, they drew an audience that was above and beyond what was expected
    • 12:36 – Dan went to a game last Friday
    • 13:22 – “You don’t have to be better, you just have to be different”
  • 14:52 – You have to be odd to be number 1
  • 15:09 – The CEO of a large company has stepped down
    • 16:12 – They didn’t check the degrees of the CEO, so the universities got involved
    • 16:30 – The universities said they never had the CEO in their programs
    • 17:30 – Lying about your background is an indication of a lack of integrity
    • 18:20 – “If you lack honesty in that area, I don’t know where you draw the line”
  • 18:47 – Justine says, Is there really a lesson to be learned if they don’t have money to put them in jail rather than give them opportunity to create money? Our library does the same with book fines – you can sit in the library and read so your fine is reduced.
  • 19:58 – Eric says, I am a dreamer and know God has given me talents but I’m not sure how to pursue them
    • 20:42 – Eric’s passion is for the outdoors and helping kids
    • 21:17 – Dan plays “Imagine” by John Lennon
    • 21:53 – Put legs on your dreams
    • 22:00 – The way you move beyond being a dreamer is by making a plan
    • 22:13 – The 3 legged stool is passion, talent, and money

  • 23:33 – There are a lot of creative things you can do
  • 24:03 – Create a plan
  • 24:56 – Create a strategy and be intentional about it
  • 25:53 – Bob says, I was wondering if anyone has reported anything in the food area

    • 26:10 – Food is one of the most common areas where entrepreneurs develop their skills
    • 26:29 – Dan’s own grandkids also started in the food industry
    • 27:03 – Dan’s daughter, Ashley, was well known in high school for her apple pies
    • 27:49 – Scott, Dan’s friend, also makes salsa
    • 28:01 – Jeff David started his entry into food through writing reviews and blogs
    • 28:48 – Now, Jeff is into barbeques
    • 29:21 – Andy Marshall got into Puckett’s through buying an old restaurant
    • 31:08 – Mallard’s Grocery is another one of Dan’s examples
    • 32:02 – There are a lot of people in the 48 Days audience who are into food
  • 32:19 – Dan shares a note from Jim Hodges – he now has 60 audios available on his new website

    • 34:10 – The monthly club payments have given Jim a sense of calm that has allowed him to focus on the next steps for his business
    • 34:45 – Check his new website Jim Hodges Audio Books
  • 35:15 – Paul says, I’m a 59-year-old career pastor transitioning out of church ministry due to caring for elderly parents
    • 36:10 – There is a surprising amount of opportunities for speech writing
    • 36:52 – Median annual salary for speech writers is $125K/year
    • 37:12 – Some speech writers have 300-400 clients
    • 39:07 – Be exceptional in what it is that you do
  • 39:15 – Jonathan says, I would like to move to a new city because I think there might be more opportunity in my field
    • 40:33 – Geography has no bearing at all for being a social media and marketing consultant
    • 41:01 – Dan’s social media director’s location has no bearing for her work
    • 41:29 – “It doesn’t matter where you live, as long as you live fully there”
    • 41:37 – A lot of people think that moving geographically will increase their opportunities
    • 42:25 – “Move somewhere because of the lifestyle it will give you”
  • 42:40 – Ask questions on AskDan or at askdan@48days.com
  • 43:04 – Kevin says, I noticed you mentioned 3 books your grandchildren are reading this summer
  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  2. See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
  3. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  4. The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
  5. Acres of Diamonds – Russell Conwell

3 Key Points:

  1. Use the skills you already have to help others.
  2. Go beyond dreaming! Make a plan and take action to reach those dreams.
  3. Move to a location because of the lifestyle it offers, not because of the promise of greener pastures career-wise.

Resources Mentioned:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  2. See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
  3. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  4. The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
  5. Acres of Diamonds – Russell Conwell

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