Did today matter?

Did today matter?

  1. My own company wants to get rid of me.  How should I deal with this problem?
  2. Every day I spend here feels like my soul is being sucked dryer and dryer of my creative life-juices.
  3. Do I need to trademark in addition to getting the domain name for my business?

“Many people trade their dream for a car payment.”  Chris Guillebeau


Show Notes

Episode – 05-06-16

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In this episode, Dan tackles the theme: “Did today matter?” He shares an interview with John Eldredge, author of bestseller Wild At Heart, on getting out of your comfort zone and finding a story worth living. Getting away from your fear, accepting risk, and making each day matter – those are the themes that Dan’s keeping in mind as he answers this week’s questions from the 48 Days community.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:10 – Preview of today’s topics and questions
    • My own company wants to get rid of me. How should I deal with this problem?
    • Every day I spend here feels like my soul is being sucked dryer and dryer of my creative life-juices.
    • Do I need to trademark in addition to getting the domain name for my business?
  • 01:50 – Today’s Quote
    • “Many people trade their dream for a car payment” – Chris Guillebeau
  • 5:26 – Today’s success stories
    • Gwen – In the past four years I’ve been sharing your ideas in a program with women who need to reconstruct their lives. I thought you’d like to know your book is still being used to encourage others!
    • Mckay – I ended up in a very tough situation after I left the army and divorced. Your book literally saved my life. I’m still in a hard place but not for much longer.
  • 08:33 – Interview with John Eldridge, author of Wild At Heart
    • John’s new movie, A Story Worth Living, is about to be released
    • Do you think everyone has a story worth living?
    • “We have to step outside our comfort zone”
    • Adventure is crucial – but adventure looks different for everybody
    • John’s undergraduate degree was in theatre – he always dreamed of getting into film
    • A lot of people get stuck in their lives – why?
    • Two things pin us down: fear, and unattended wounds
    • What are some guidelines for approaching adventure?
    • “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. What the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    • The film is being screened nationwide for one night only – May 19th
  • 21:56 – What are the ten characteristics of people who have become rich?
  1. Expects success
  2. Creates a clear plan
  3. Works hard
  4. Avoids debt
  5. Is teachable and a lifelong learner
  6. Exercises self-control, persistence, and delayed gratification.
  7. Accepts personal responsibility
  8. Keeps good company
  9. Is opportunity conscious
  10. Enjoys the present but plans for the future
  • 23:30 – Gift from Aaron: I recently published a book written by BC Forbes, the founder of Forbes Magazine and I’d like to share a free copy with the 48 Days community
  • 26:50 – When is a problem an opportunity for a solution?
    • My sidewalk is buckled up by tree roots
    • Do I ignore it?
    • Do I tear up the whole sidewalk and start again?
    • Do I take out the problem sections and try to match it with something else?
    • Or do I try something totally new?
    • Realise that you have options in a difficult situation. Don’t assume that a change is always going to give you less. Change can be incredibly positive.
  • 32:30 – Question from Tommy: I’m a professional. Every day I spend here feels like my soul is being sucked dryer and dryer of my creative life-juices. I’m also a professional musician as a side job, and it’s what I want to focus on. My wife is concerned that working on two jobs will mean that I don’t have enough time for her and my family. What can I do?
    • If you’re going to keep it as a side business, don’t spend more than 10-12 hours a week on music
    • If you want to make a transition from your main job, spend 20 hours a week on the music business for 90 days. If after 90 days, you’re making half of your current income then you can start transitioning entirely.
  • 37:20 – Question from Christopher: Do I need to trademark the name of my business?
    • You have a domain name – that’s the most important thing
    • I had ‘48 Days to the Work you Love’ for 12 years before I trademarked it
    • A trademark protects a particular look – it’s not necessarily a high priority until you’re very prominent
  • 41:45 – Question from Andy: What’s the most common struggle you see among entrepreneurs – and how to you help them overcome it?
    • Time and money
    • Parkinson’s law: tasks expand to fill the time available
    • I like to carve out 10-12 hours a week to test if a business is going to be viable
    • You have the same amount of time that Mother Teresa or Benjamin Franklin did
    • You don’t need to invest a lot of money in a business. Most ideas that I start don’t require more than $1,000
  • 45:40 – “What has being realistic cost you?” Be careful about being too risk-averse.
    • If you’ve done the dreaming, planning, and imagining then you’ve already reduced your risk
    • Seek out areas for change and opportunity
  • Upcoming conferences and appearances
    • Coaching With Excellence – Sanctuary, Franklin, TN May 12-13th
    • Innovate – Sanctuary, Franklin, TN May 26-27th
    • New Media Europe, London – London, England June 18-19th
    • Podcast Movement – Chicago, IL July 6-8th
    • The Ultimate Advantage Cruise – leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Feb 12-19th 2017


3 Key Points:

  1. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. The world needs people who are alive and doing what they love.
  2. Reach for new things. Find new adventures. Be ready to fail.
  3. If you want to start something new, try spending 10-12 hours a week on it for 90 days. You’ll probably be surprised by how much progress it makes.

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  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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