My parents are amazing?

My parents are amazing?

  1. My parents made me pay for an old camera they had.  And they are amazing!
  2. My friend and I would like to start a club dedicated to some of our hobbies.
  3. After 40 years in sales I’ve been given a severance package.  I’m not old enough to retire.
  4. How can my 84 yr-old father market his a “Sounds of Yesteryear” CD?

“If you want to be successful reduce the stress of those around you.” Mark Cuban


Show Notes:

Episode – 06-03-16

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In this episode, Dan tackles a whole lot of questions from the 48 Days community, and shares an interview with a unique guest – his 9-year-old granddaughter, on track to making her first $1000 as an entrepreneur. Listen to hear how Clara’s making 80% margins on her first sales, why age isn’t a disadvantage in business, and how to make employers sit up and notice your resume.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:51 – Preview of today’s topics and questions
    • My parents made me pay for an old camera they had. And they are amazing!
    • My friend and I would like to start a club dedicated to some of our hobbies.
    • After 40 years in sales I’ve been given a severance package.  I’m not old enough to retire.
    • How can my 84 yr-old father market his a “Sounds of Yesteryear” CD?
  • 01:47 – Today’s Quote
    • “If you want to be successful, reduce the stress of those around you” – Mark Cuban
  • 03:44 – Finding solutions: A lesson from Spanish sailors
    • Look for opportunities, not obstacles
  • 05:41 – An interview with Dan’s 9-year-old granddaughter Clara
    • Aged 5 or 6, Clara decided she wanted a camera
    • Her parents told her that if she could make $25 she could have their old camera
    • She made and sold muffins at events and at a farmer’s market
    • Clara sold cards based on her artwork at a recent event – and she made $200
    • Clara and her grandmother are publishing a book together
    • Sells books for $10, with an 80% margin
    • Clara is interested in making movies and is already editing using iMovie
    • Check out her website at
  • 21:30 – Question from Brian: I’m seeking information on someone mentioned in a previous episode who planned to make money refurbishing computers
    • You need to know what you’re doing – make sure you have the skills
    • The best way to make money is to teach other people to do what you’re doing
  • 24:07 – Recording from Ellie: I have a question about someone mentioned previously who has been successful publishing books that are in the public domain
    • The man in question is Aaron Kerr
    • He has a course teaching people how to break into public domain publishing at Timeless Reads. Use the code 48Days to get $48 off.
  • 25:34 – Question from Austin: My friend and I are planning on starting a club based around our hobbies. How can we run it like a business?
    • You need to get a business license, which will trigger an occupational tax
    • Keep it simple, and scale up the complexity as you progress
    • Partnerships are easy to start and difficult to unwind. Be careful about going into business with a friend.
    • I would recommend working together but not forming a formal partnership
    • If you start making over $1000 per year, I would recommend starting up an S-corporation
  • 32:50 – Question from Jerry: After 40 years in sales I’ve been given a severance package. I’m not old enough to retire. I’m looking for suggestions to market myself to employers as an older person.
    • Age is not a disadvantage. Sales experience is the most valuable skill you could possibly have.
    • What people are going to look at is: “What have you done in the last 5 years?”
    • Recognize that you have some unique value that people younger than you can’t possibly bring
  • 37:17 – Question from Josh: What do I do if a company I’m interested in working for has posted a similar position to the one I want online? Do I apply through the website or still follow the 3-step application process?
    • The application form you see online is the same form that 3000 other people have seen
    • You want people to come across your name 3 times. Make sure they notice you and remember you.
    • The purpose of a resume is to get you a conversation
  • 41:08 – Question from David: How can my 84 yr-old father market his “Sounds of Yesteryear” CD?
    • David’s father has a CD of sounds from old times – a steam train, an old telephone, and so on.
    • How can he monetise it? Dan would like your ideas. Sent them to
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3 Key Points:

  1. To be successful, reduce the stress of the people around you. Make yourself valuable – and know just what skills you bring into the room.
  2. Want to make your job applications more successful? Make sure that employers recognize your name. Send a letter of introduction, an application, and a follow-up. Be memorable.
  3. Get back to economic basics. If Dan’s 9-year-old granddaughter can start a business, so can you.

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  • Great interview with Clara! She is quite an inspiration to us all to create something. We don’t want to over think our idea just get it to market.

    • Tom – thanks for your comments. Yes, as adults we do tend to over think. Kids just assume it will work.

      • Amen Dan. Here’s my request for your next product: “Imagination training” 🙂

  • During my first work experience right out of college, my supervisor said, “Don’t come to me with a problem, but a solution.” Love that Mark Cuban quote Dan. Interview with Clara was the best part of the Podcast 🙂

    • Rene – thanks for your comments. I’ll be doing more interviews like the one with Clara.

  • Could you share the link for the 30 days of videos that you recommended?

    • mrodby

      Use Google to search for “30 days of genius”. It’s the first result that pops up.

  • DudeWheresmyHealthCare?

    Hi Dan, your last two podcasts have been so information dense that I had to listen to them 3-4 times each, which is great since you only post once a week or so. Keep ’em comming!

    • Ah thanks. There’s so much cool stuff to share these days. Just pick and choose what helps you most and discard the rest – Dan