I’m not afraid of storms – I’m learning how to sail!

Episode #591 December 22, 2017 –

We have a variety of questions, success stories and helpful resources that will help you find or develop passion in your work and your life — from the 17-year-old looking to take college classes outside her primary interests to the 49-year-old still searching to define his talents, skills and interest and the millennials in between who are looking for ways to pay student loans.

Hi, this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that allows you to show up every day, excited to be able to do something that is meaningful, fulfilling – and profitable.  This is where normal, indecision and ambiguity come to die.  Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show.


  • I took your advice and was able to leave my job in 12 months.
  • Should our 17-yr-old daughter take college classes outside her primary interests?
  • With a salary of around $40,000 a year I feel completely stuck, and like the only way out is homelessness.  (Tom Peters – the most important business advice you’ll ever hear.)
  • Emily shares free college and career guides
  • I have no clearly identifiable talents or skills.  No clear purpose or strong interest in any one area.

Plus good news and more.

Cliff Feightner poem:

When you finally get your degree
Do you post it for all to see
Does what you possess
Only serve to impress
And get from most a “whoopie”


[spp-tweet tweet=”“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott”]

Timestamped Notes:

3:12 – Dan shares some of the exciting things happening in the 48 Days Eagles Community, including this week’s Monday Mentor training featuring David Ballentine’s business. Most recently, he has created courses for tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, contractors) who need CEU credits for their licenses.

You can still join 48 Days Eagles and be locked in at the $30/month rate for a few more days. The price will go up Jan. 1, 2018. Act now.

[spp-timestamp time=”5:44 “]- Our business partner this week is Freshbooks. Get your business or side business off to a great start in the new year. Click here to get a free month — just list 48 Days in the how did you hear about us section.

Good News

7:30 – Good News this week:

  • A man who buys every toy in Goodwill for the children who shop there to get one free.
  • Someone who helped develop a way to ship gifts and packages to homeless people.
  • Folks who are leaving snacks for delivery drivers to ease this crazy time of year for them.
  • A child who bought blankets for the homeless instead of getting a new XBox.
[spp-timestamp time=”13:24″] – A success story of a fourth grade teacher who moved into financial coaching full time and is now giving back by offering the first 30 days of his membership site to help you get out of debt for just 48 cents. Click here and use code 48DAYS.

Broadening Your Horizons

15:50 – The father of a 17-year-old who is being homeschooled asked Dan if he should encourage his daughter to take entrepreneurial classes and those not necessarily connected to her interests. Dan’s advice:  Broaden your horizons before you narrow too quickly. Most noteworthy remember that you shouldn’t go to college just  to have a piece of paper so someone will give you a job.

College and Debt

19:30 – Dan has gotten a lot of response from the man who had a master’s degree and lives in a homeless shelter. The most recent from a man making $40,000/year and working side jobs but can’t pay off his college debt and is sleeping on his parent’s couch. He says: “going to college set me up for failure. I should have self-taught myself.”

26:45 – Dan recommendation: find a creative way to generate income. He shares some success stories of folks in the 48 Days Community who have created a side business, including a retired pastor and his wife who are selling shoes on Amazon and generated $200,000 in profit.

[spp-tweet tweet=”If you’re only looking at a ‘regular job,’ you’re only looking at 5% of the opportunities to make money.”]


[spp-timestamp time=”30:22″] – Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence, shares in Tim Farris’ book, Tribe of Mentors his advice for the smart, driven college student.

  1. “Good manners pay off big time. Being civil and decent and kind is the bed rock of career success as well as personal fulfillment.”
  2. Be a superstar, all-pro listener.
  3. Read.
Love Your Job
[spp-timestamp time=”32:13″] – Dan shares the story of a doorman in Chicago who has served well for 22 years because he loves interacting with people. He has developed personal skills to make him distinct. Click here to check out the video of him talking about why he loves his job.


36:17 – Emily Sorenson with the Center for School, College and Career Resources, shares a myriad of resources and guides. See the resource section below for a full list of link.

Selling Online

38:04 – A follow-up question from a pastor Dan featured a few months ago who was looking for ways to pay for his PhD. He now has two e-books and is looking for the best way to sell them online. His question: should he sell on Amazon or on his own website. Dan’s answer: Both!

Developing Passion

42:03 – Dan shares a heartbreaking story from a man who has been looking for work he loves since 2003, having had 11 jobs and 3 professional licenses. As a result, he feels like a misfit in the marketplace. He says he has no clearly identifiable talents or skills and no clear purpose or strong interest in any one area. Dan’s recommendations:

[spp-tweet tweet=”Hoping and praying are not enough. You have to have a clear plan of action.”] [spp-tweet tweet=”Passion is not something that just shows up. It’s something that can be developed. Decide to do something. Learn how to do it well, and passion will develop as you do that with excellence. “]

Calls to Action:

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Recommended Resources:  

Homeless College Students will be homeless slaves with massive debt – my old blog that continues to attract comments

FundingFreedomU – use code 48DAYS to get first 30 days for $.48 (listener Craig Dacy resource)

Resources and Tools for Entrepreneurship in School – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-entrepreneurship/

Career Guide for Students with Disabilities – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/students-with-disabilities-careers/

Guide to Finding a Job Online – https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/online-job-search-guide/

Perfecting Your LinkedIn Profile – https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ultimate-linkedin-guide/

Tips on the Perfect Resume – https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/resume-guide/


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