Are you living the American Dream?

Are you living the American Dream?

  1. Am I an entrepreneur or do I just have a hobby?
  2. What can a Christian wife do (besides nagging, which doesn’t work!) to help her husband find a new path and a new direction?
  3. Im asking for your help to work my way into a Tony Robins event.
  4. I’ve been trying to launch a family coaching business with lower income families but I am competing with not for profits who will do it for free.
  5. Can I discipline our sassy 7-yr-old by making him listen to positive motivational material?

“I’m working just enough to look busy and then I go home and knock back a few beers.  Living the American Dream” – heard by overweight warehouse worker at Taco Bell

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Show Notes:

Episode – 05-27-16

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Summary:

In this episode, Dan asks us all an important question: “Are you living the American Dream?” Well…are you? The American Dream is different things to different people, but your dream—whatever it is—should be a platform for continual growth and development. If the American Dream you’re currently living isn’t going to lead to a healthier, happier life 10 years from now, you may need a new one.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:45 – Preview of today’s topics and questions
    • Am I an entrepreneur or do I just have a hobby? Do you think it’s necessary to trademark a business name?
    • What can a Christian wife do (besides nagging, which doesn’t work!) to help her husband find a new path and a new direction?
    • I’m asking for your help to work my way into a Tony Robins event.
    • I’ve been trying to launch a family coaching business with lower income families but I am competing with not for profits who will do it for free.
    • Can I discipline our sassy 7-yr-old by making him listen to positive motivational material?
  • 02:09 – Today’s Quote
    • “I’m working just enough to look busy and then I go home and knock back a few beers. Living the American Dream”
  • 04:24 – Define the American Dream in a way that makes sense for you
  • 04:28 – Success Stories
  • 04:31 – From Andrew
    • I’m a recent college drop-out who, after years of introspection, decided to walk away from formal structured education and I couldn’t be happier!
  • 07:76 – From Melanie
  • 10:19 – From Terry – Is it a hobby, or are you an entrepreneur?
    • Many entrepreneurs do all the “right things” but they don’t have customers—if you don’t have customers it is a hobby
    • Passion, talent, and money—if any one of the legs are missing from that stool, you’re going to be disappointed
    • The 3 out of 5 test—if you made a profit in three out of your five years, you are considered to be a business by the IRS
  • 13:00 – From Michael – My wife and I would love to attend innovate, let us know if you add another event
    • Right now, we’re not sure if we’re going to add another event
  • 15:19 – From Brenda – After failing a job performance review, my 65 year old husband is out on the job hunt again…what can a good, Christian wife do besides nagging to help get her husband in gear?
    • If the student’s not ready, it doesn’t matter who or how good the teacher is—your husband has to WANT something better, he has to believe in it
    • Have successes in your own life—lead by example
    • Introduce him to people that are happy in their work
    • Seek out knowledge from the local public library
  • 18:18 – From Steve – You’ve said multiple times that you’ve worked your way into events…how do I work my way into a Tony Robbins event?
    • Don’t think that a Tony Robbins event is going to change your success…it will be a piece in a long line of events
    • It is not a magic pill
    • Go to CreativeLive.com/30daysofgenius
    • More information is not the key for any of us—understanding and application are
  • 25:22 – From Robert – I have a REAL passion for languages and I want to make a career out of them, but I don’t know how. My current job sucks the life out of me…for that reason, I wonder if I should quit my job and live off my savings in pursuit of my “life’s work”?
    • DO NOT quit your job
    • You can pursue your dream WHILE you’re working
    • You’ll put unnecessary pressure on yourself while aiming for something that isn’t specific at all
    • Look into the medical and legal fields
  • 33:00 – From Sylvia – I’m trying to launch a family coaching business for lower-income families but I’m getting beaten out by non-profits that will do it for free…any advice?
    • As with any business, you need the talent, passion, and MONEY
    • With what you describe, would it not be better to help your husband with his real estate business and then you can just volunteer a few hours a week with coaching?
  • 36:33 – From Justin – My seven-year-old has become incredibly sassy in recent months…how do I discipline my child using positive motivation?
    • You might be surprised at how powerful a disciplinary tool this can be for your kids
    • If you’re going to use audio, keep it to six or seven minutes
  • 40:20 – Zig Ziglar Clip
    • Cooked in the squat—people who spend so much time getting ready that they never get in the game

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Don’t get cooked in the squat.
  2. You do NOT need to quit your job in order to pursue a dream—only quit your job, when that dream is able to put a roof over your head and food on the table.
  3. Understand that a single event, be it a Tony Robbins event or one of Dan’s events, is enough to change your life—there is no magic pill, only a series of doses that eventually lead to the transformation you seek.

 

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Credits:

  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

 

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  • Great podcast Dan! I agree with the notion how we need to take action after reading great books like 48 Days. We can’t just go from book to book. Also I enjoy your son Kevin as the host of the Ziglar podcast. He does great work, you should be proud!

  • I can empathize with Brenda’s husband since I was let go in 2008 after working for a company for over 30 years. But there is hope. My life is now better than ever. I would be happy to share some advice and encouragement with him, if he is open to it. Stevebarkley54@gmail.com.

    • Steve – thanks so much for your offer. I’ll explore with Brenda to see how open he is.