Go ahead – astonish me

I just got an endorsement for my upcoming book – Wisdom meets Passion – from Jack Faris, President/CEO National Federation of Independent Business[ NFIB], Retired.  Jack was delighted to see my use of the word “astonish” in several places as I wrote about doing something remarkable. So here’s my question for you today.  What is it you do that is brilliant, amazing, excellent, remarkable, essential, extraordinary, outstanding, noteworthy, incredible or astonishing? What is it that displays your personal best – your personal brilliance? The story is told that one day the great artist, Picasso, was walking in the market.  A woman … Read More

Money comes in a package

“Work must provide the opportunity for spiritual and personal growth as well as financial success.  The irony is that if it does not provide all three, there will be a natural pressure to keep the financial rewards low.  The search for money alone will always be self-defeating.”    Dan Miller Check out all our resources for finding – or creating – work you love!

Just “stretch your soul”

“I was just a child,” related a retired Baptist preacher, “when one spring day my father called me to go with him to old man Russell’s blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired and they were ready, fixed like new. Father handed over a silver dollar for repairing them but Mr. Russell refused to take it. ‘No,’ he said, ‘there’s no charge for that little job.’ But father insisted. And if I live a thousand years,” said the preacher, “I’ll never forget that great blacksmith’s reply. ‘Sid,’ he said to my father, ‘Can’t you … Read More

Washing machine rental – Is your idea this good?

In September of last year I made a small loan to a lady in Columbia.  Although I don’t know Yaneris Canate Rios personally, she made an application for $1,125 through Kiva.org.  In Yaneris’ tiny community of El Milagro the ladies still all washed their clothes by hand.  She wanted to purchase 5 washing machines to rent to her neighbors.  I provided the last $50 to complete her loan.  Each month I would see tiny payments come on – averaging about $3.84 as a repayment on that loan. This morning I received a note from Kiva:  Success!! The loan was 100% … Read More

Start Something that Matters

Blake Mycoskie knows that many of us are juggling these three questions: Should I just focus on earning a living? Should I pursue my passion and find work that I love? Should I devote myself to a worthy cause that inspires me? Fortunately for us, in his new book Start Something that Matters, Blake tells us we don’t have to choose.  As he shares the story of how he started TOMS, one of the fastest-growing shoe companies in the world, he says we don’t have to choose.  And furthermore, we’ll have more success if we don’t settle for less than … Read More

$.25 each – three for a dollar!

All the Cyber Monday specials today reminded me of this story: A grocer put up a sign that read “Eggplants, 25¢ ea.–three for a dollar.”  All day long, customers came in exclaiming: “Don’t be ridiculous! I should get four for a dollar!” Meekly the grocer capitulated and packaged four eggplants. The tailor next door had been watching these antics and finally asked the grocer, “Aren’t you going to fix the mistake on your sign?” “What mistake?” the grocer asked. “Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant.” Ashley has put together some great 48 … Read More

Faster and Cheaper – Good News or Bad?

In June of 2009 I wrote that we had started looking at the possibility of a 48 Days iPhone app.  At that time we were told it would be a $20-30,000 process of development.  While we were in discussions we had a couple other companies tell us that because they were doing similar applications they could do our project for $8-10,000.  Then our social media consultant began pointing us to websites like Mobile Roadie where for $499 we could build our own app and be ready to go.  About six weeks ago a 48 Days reader showed us a complete … Read More

I find you very interesting – but not……………

In our last Coaching with Excellence conference we were talking about creating a trusting relationship before you can “coach” someone.  Participant Jerry Ford shared this thought: If you are interesting, people will like you, If you are interested, people will love you. That seems to capture an important and far-reaching principle.  When someone spends 30 minutes telling you how they traveled to Africa and spent three weeks digging a fresh water well you may put them on your list of interesting friends.  But if another person follows up on your mention that you are looking for a job, asks you … Read More

Just look at your “friends”

When Tim Ferriss was 12 years old, an unidentified caller left this Jim Rohn quotation on his answering machine:  “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” That message changed Tim’s life forever.  At only 12 years old, he recognized that the kids he was hanging out with were not the ones he wanted influencing his future.  His school intensity changed.  He spent his junior year in Japan studying Zen meditation.  He was accepted at Princeton University where he became an all-American wrestler and a national kick-boxing champion.  At age 23 he founded BrainQUICKEN, … Read More

Dan, are you just taking advantage of our pain?

Here’s a question I received this week: Dan, are you out there?  Is there really any hope?  Do you really have some workable solutions for the rest of us?  Or are you just cashing in on our insecurities? Down and out Dear Down and Out – You are right to question spending any money or time in any self-help program.  But don’t slam the door completely.  I started selling 48 Days to the Work You Love in a 3-ring binder with two CDs in 1996.  And yes, I generated over $2 Million with that version, packaging them in our upstairs bonus … Read More