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

Just pick up the phone!

Dan, I am hiring a person for our government agency.  I decided to place my name on the ad with my office phone number so applicants could call with questions. I posted the advertisement on March 11 and as of today (March 22) of the 74 applicants, zero have tried to call me to ask about the position.  I am a little shocked that no one has tried to call me about the position. Trey No One Has Called.  Did you get that? In a competitive hiring environment 74 people still just send out resumes and then hope the phone rings.  How … Read More

Is 48 Days just hype?

Dear Cynic – You are right to question spending any money or time in a 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 room.

Half the size – twice the price

On Thanksgiving weekend Joanne and I traveled up to the Amish country in Ohio to visit my dad in his retirement home.  As always, I am amazed at the micro enterprises that cover the back roads of this farming area where I was raised.  At one shop, where I bought some fresh unpastuerized apple cider, we saw a pile of miniature straw bales, about half the size of regular bales.  My brother told me a local Amishman had rebuilt a hay baler to produce the tiny, decorative bales.  While regular sized bales sell for about $2.00, these half sized ones … Read More