I make over $100,000 a year and I’m not happy…

How Do You Measure Success?

A listener feels stuck. He’s making a lot of money but feels no sense of fulfillment in the work he’s doing. Guess what? With that success he’s not stuck. With the life experience he has at 45 years old, he can do a little introspection and move right into a better opportunity. Oh, and by the way, don’t assume your income will drop. Doing something that’s a better fit will set the stage for dramatic increase – even without a college degree. 

Episode #665 May 22, 2019 – 

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.


What do you do when you are ridiculously passionate about so many different things?

How do you narrow down to one specific niche?

Put together 20 ideas for things you can do. Then filter those based upon your skills and abilities, personality traits and values, dreams and passions. Then choose the best one and focus on it for the next year.

Recommended Book: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

Dan goes through this process in more detail in 48 Days To the Work You Love

The Venn Diagram Dan uses in his business – how he has one focus but still does many things.

A 48 Days Certified Coach can take you through the process Dan describes to narrow your focus and find your niche. Find out more.

How do I put a value on that 20 years of experience and college degree? It seems like all the avenues I find for “moving up” are with specific degrees, so I seem to be stuck on low-level, low-pay jobs. 

How do you know what you worth – use online calculators like salary.com

I am a new graduate and applied for a position posted with a salary range of $24.08 – $37.61 hourly. As I move forward in the process of potentially getting hired by this company, how do I handle this part of the conversation?

In Chapter 10 of 48 Days to the Work You Love, I go through the sequence of negotiating salary:

• Wait to talk about salary once the company decides they have to have you. Many people discuss salary way too soon.

• Focus on the position being a fit for you first.

• The longer you wait, the more you are in the driver’s seat for those negotiations.

• Salaries are just ranges and they’re negotiated all the time.

I am 45 years old, and I make over $100,000 year, I’m not happy, even with that income it doesn’t take away the pain of not finding my fulfillment. I’m frustrated and depressed and don’t know where to start.

This is such a common question to be making such extraordinary income and not feeling fulfilled.

Do not assume that you’re going to have to compromise that income if you change what you’re doing now. In fact, it’s often the opposite.

You do have some kind of skill or you wouldn’t want to be compensated the way you are now. But you don’t want to just arbitrarily pick something else to do. Look inward. What is your unique ability? What puts you in your Zone of Genius?

Three things we all want: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose (from the book Drive by Daniel Pink)

Remember, how much money you make is not the only way to measure success.  It’s about living the life you want.

Can you share the name of the online course one of your listener’s bought for $19 and built an online store that doubled his income?

That course is a couple thousand bucks at this point.

Courses Dan recommends: Jim Cockrum’s Proven Amazon Course as a starting point for an online business

Dan, what are your thoughts on starting an ice-cream truck business? We found a truck for sale costing $8,000.

Instead, sit down with your brother and come up with 20 other things you can do —  expand your idea.

Volunteer to help someone who has an ice cream truck already. Go on a Vocation Vacation to get some experience and see if it’s something you really want to pursue.


“The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.” —Author UnknownClick To Tweet


Dan’s formula for Investing in Yourself, no matter what your income is – 48days.com/invest

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