How do I keep my dream alive when it’s not paying the bills?

creativity vs paying the bills

This question was prompted by a very painful note from a Dad, who has a 17 yr-old son who wants to be a writer. So this is especially for all of you artists, musicians, writers, sculptors, comedians, and performers. How do you keep nurturing your dream when you can’t pay the rent and there are no groceries in the refrigerator? Do you have to choose between nurturing your creativity vs paying the bills? Episode #651 February 15, 2019 Hi, this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 … Read More

Whose dream are you working on?


Josh knows he’s helping his boss build his dream. He wonders if it’s really possible to be a responsible provider for his young family and still pursue his own dream. The answer is Yes! Create a plan to move toward your own dream. Let’s look at a plan. Episode #632 October 19, 2018 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 … Read More

Would you hire this guy?

facing challenges

His parents give him up for adoption. He: never finished college, job hopped a lot, spent a year just wandering about India, had dyslexia – was a poor student and didn’t read well. Would you hire this guy? I drew a statement from this guy for today’s quotation. How Are You Facing Challenges Episode #620 July 13, 2018 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 … Read More

How do you talk to a billionaire?  

how to talk to a billionaire

Questions: I find it very frustrating when you say if anyone wants a job they can find one. I’m more than a sales coordinator – what can I call myself? All my decisions are made with “making art” as my final goal.  How can I do that? Any ideas on what I could do as a pilot that could help me and my family? Good News. More questions. Cliff Feightner poem: This is a day you won’t dread Especially if you’ve followed and read Dan’s teachings and books Gave them more than just looks You’ll love how you go earning your … Read More

Guess what – I just bought the farm!

homeschooling, curious, entrepreneur

Guess what – I just bought the farm! History tells us that when a military jet crashes on a farm the farmer typically gets the government to pay off the mortgage on that farm.  And thus the saying, “He bought the farm” refers to someone dying.  But then there’s the positive side of just deciding to have a small farm.  I’ve got an opportunity where you might just be able to do that – for $300. Do you think the benefits of homeschooling outweigh the costs?  And How can we nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of our children? How do you feel … Read More

Don’t hide what feeds your soul

What are you doing to brig beauty into your life

As I was listening to my friend Chris McCluskey’s podcast on Worship, Work and Play, I heard him reference this old adage: “If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one of them and buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul.” – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) Why does that capture us so?  And why does it even make any sense?  Surely if you were down to only two loaves of bread the responsible thing to do would be to guard them carefully and ration them out as food for your family. And yet a life without beauty is not … Read More

Homeless but Classy

Boston artist Kenji Kayayama has started creating high-quality, hand painted signs to replace makeshift cardboard posters typically used by homeless people.  Their original art is used and they are given an opportunity to tell their story.   It seems many of the homeless are trying to find their voice as much as they are trying to solicit for money. Can you imagine the frustration in being homeless?  Not only is there the need to find food and a place to sleep but it often is the ultimate in feeling like a failure. What do you think is the most helpful … Read More

The 5% Challenge

I am very intentional about my use of time, working from a schedule that I create weeks in advance.  But that does not mean that I work head down for 8 hours without taking a break.  I once worked with a high-level financial executive that told me for 26 years at his previous company he had worked “head down, pencil up.”  And he was dreadfully out of touch with currents trends and opportunities. Instead of working “head down” even 8 hours straight, I suggest you build in time for “head up.”  In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner outlines his 5% Challenge.  … Read More

Help us with a name and win this beautiful eagle

Give us a great name and you could be the proud owner of this bronze eagle replica.  Read on….   Do we serve best from a full cup or an empty cup?  People often spiritualize having nothing – that somehow living in poverty is more Godly than having plenty. And yet we know a pure heart and an empty bank account can’t feed the hungry or build a school in Uganda. I recently did a 5 minute video to demonstrate the different ways we may view having “enough.”  I hope you find it stimulating and inspiring. Giving from a full … Read More

You’re a donkey if you think like this……

I trust you are ready for Thanksgiving – for being thankful for everything we enjoy. Lots of things happening in the 48 Days community – but first: I heard about a donkey that was tied to a 6’ rope.  Unfortunately, there was a tasty bale of hay just 8’ away.  How could this poor donkey ever get to eat that hay? Before we suggest a solution – let’s look at some of the exciting things 48 Days community members are doing right now: *********************************** Todd and Emily Marriott are running a contest for a free custom song (ready in time for … Read More