Finding Your Sweet Spot

Finding Your Sweet Spot
  1. Do I have a business or just a hobby?
  2. Does everyone have a “Zone of Genius?”
  3. How can I find that blend of Passion, Talent and Money you talk about?
  4. What is the Upper Limit Challenge and how can I break through mine?

Show Notes

Episode – 06-24-16

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In this episode, Dan answers a TON of questions from the 48 Days community, while focusing on today’s topic: “Thank God you’re different, and then find the benefits”. Dan helps listeners find the benefits in their own unique approach and personality, whether they want to get into sales or quit their job behind a computer. Listen in to learn when it’s appropriate to ask for a raise, how to find the right sales job for your personality type, and to hear about upcoming events and opportunities.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:40 – Preview of today’s topics and questions
  • Do I have a business or just a hobby?
  • Does everyone have a “Zone of Genius?”
  • How can I find that blend of Passion, Talent and Money you talk about?
  • What is the Upper Limit Challenge and how can I break through mine?
  • 00:58 – Passion, talent, and money—Dan’s 3-legged stool
    1. Bringing those three things together is a thing of beauty
  • 01:45 – Passion and talent without money is just a hobby
  • 03:48 – A story about a Rabbi
    1. Who are you and why are you here?
    2. It’s a pair of questions you should start every day with
    3. Find your sweet spot to answer those questions
    4. Genius is the voice in our head that says we can do something incredible
    5. Have a plan to improve your chances of doing something significant
    6. Do not flee your destiny, do not forget who you are
    7. Becoming more is much different than having more
  • 11:25 – The three questions we’re all juggling
    1. Should I just focus on earning a living?
    2. Should I pursue my passion?
    3. Should I dedicate myself to a cause that inspires me?
    5. Following your passion involves RISK
    6. The #1 risk of people on death’s door?—I wish I had the courage to live a life that was true to me and not true to everyone else.
  • 15:12 – “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
    1. What is it you do that helps you feel God’s pleasure?
    2. Don’t live out of the expectations of others
  • 16:02 – The dentist story
    1. SUCCESS in a field that is beyond your passion is not success it is failure—failure in life
    2. Talent and money = death
  • 19:12 – The importance of talent
    1. Talent is something we develop it’s not something we’re born with
    2. There is no correlation between GPA and monetary wealth
    3. Find your authentic fit
    4. Don’t follow a path based on ability alone—it’s a formula for being unhappy
    5. The Bill Bradly story
    6. Not knowing your ONE talent is OK—some of us are generalists
  • 24:32 – Moses and the Burning Bush
    1. What do you have in your hand?
    2. What is it that you do with excellence?
  • 26:26 – It’s time to talk MONEY
    1. Money isn’t empty—we need it to live
    2. It’s not, “do what you love and the money will follow” anymore, it’s “do what you love, and follow the money
    3. A lot of artists don’t realize that they need a money model
    4. Frederick Douglass: “I prayed for 20 years and received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”
  • 29:50 – The California Gold Rush story
  • 33:03 – The Upper Limit Challenge
    1. Each of us has an inner-thermostat that limits how much joy, happiness, and success we can achieve
    2. If your sense of deserving isn’t high, you will self-sabotage
    3. Be cognizant of your upper limit
    4. When you’re a freelancer, you need to set the income per hour bar HIGH
  • 38:35 – Dan and his father
    1. Dan’s father became a pastor because the congregation chose him—it had nothing to do with his calling or passion
    2. Dan’s father became a farmer by default
    3. Default and obligation robbed Dan’s father of passion
    4. Inside your comfort you can rarely unlock your potential
  • 43:33 – If you have passion and talent without money you have a HOBBY, if you have passion and a market but no talent you have a FAILURE, If you have talent and a market without passion you have BOREDOM
  • 45:14 – “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.”


3 Key Points:

  1. If you’re living your life properly you’ll never know if you’re working or playing.
  2. Ask yourself the following questions every morning: who are you and why are you here?
  3. The #1 risk of people on death’s door?—I wish I had the courage to live a life that was true to me and not true to everyone else.


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  • I know you have covered this topic many times, but is is always inspiring to hear you talk about it. Great message.

  • Thanks Dan for sharing stories about your father, always appreciate that.

  • Jordan Peterson

    Very inspiring podcast! I really appreciated how much you talked about finding your perfect thing as being something in development. I don’t think I ever saw it that way because so many times we hear it as finding. Finding a lot of times means searching and looking for me. But developing feels more like building your dream rather then finding it. Loved that!

    • Jordan – ah thanks. I do see it as an ongoing process. Always exciting!