The choices we make – with Joanne Miller

Making choices

Episode #607 April 13, 2018 People seem to be in a lot of despair. They feel like they don’t have choices. Dan’s wife Joanne joins him on this week’s podcast and shares some of the trials and tribulations of their life and how the choices they’ve made have impacted them. Hi, this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show.  In this episode I invited Joanne to join me in responding to the flood of messages we’re getting from listeners who feel trapped by their circumstances.  Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show. Questions: 1.  How … Read More

I am responsible!


Episode #593 January 05, 2018 –  We all have two choices in life: accept life as it is or accept responsibility to change it. 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, … Read More

I quit my job but now I’m desperate, depressed and frustrated!

desperate, take action, seth godin

Episode #588 December 01, 2017 Questions: What are your top recommendations for events in 2018 Should I self-publish the work through Amazon and the Kindle Self-Publishing outlet?   How do I copyright my written material?  How do I self promote when self-publishing?  I just quit a job that I hated.  Now I’m desperate, depressed and frustrated. Good News Cliff Feightner poem: So they don’t like the things that you’ve done Let them go and have their fun There’s a world out there Full of people who care And you’ll have your day in the sun. Quotation: “We don’t take action because … Read More

Oh no – this happened. How do I move forward?

making decisions

Oh no – this happened.  How do I move forward? My wife, Joanne, and I have used a concise process for all the years of our marriage. When confronted with a decision, we allow a 2-week maximum for arriving at a decision. Whether it is where to move, what kind of car to purchase, making a career or business decision, or how to handle a difficult relationship with a relative, we approach the process as follows: 1. State the problem. 2. Get the advice and opinions of others. 3. List the alternatives. 4. Choose the best alternative. 5. Act. And … Read More

Finding your path as a high school student

finding path

Finding your path as a high school student  — Last week a listener asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? This week another listener asked – what would you tell a junior or senior in high school who has yet to decide on a major? My suggestions include: allow yourself the freedom of exploration – follow your curiosity.  Find ways to make money – even if you don’t think you want to be an entrepreneur.  Shadow professionals who are doing work you think you might enjoy.  Other questions we explore … Read More

Are you in misery – move!

This story about the dog and nail is one of the most commented-on stories in The Rudder of the Day. I heard a story from my friend Bob about an old dog lying on the front porch.  A neighbor approached the porch and could hear the dog softly moaning.  He asked his friend why the dog was whimpering.  And the owner said:  “He’s lying on a nail.” Predictably the man said, “Well, why doesn’t he move?” To which the owner replied, “I guess it doesn’t hurt quite that much yet.”  About a year after sharing this story in my weekly newsletter … Read More

Don’t be a donkey- Make a decision

In medieval logic there is the dilemma of a donkey that is placed equidistantly from two piles of food of equal size and quality. A perfectly symmetrical situation. If the behavior of the donkey is completely rational, it will have no reason to prefer one pile to the other and therefore cannot reach a decision over which pile to eat first.  So it remains in its original position and starves to death. This dilemma is called “Buridan’s ass.” I find many people immobilized by the challenge of choosing – even if both choices are apparently attractive.  Two great schools, two … Read More

And the donkey died because………

Here’s a story from No More Dreaded Mondays: You may know the medieval logic dilemma of the donkey that is placed equidistant from two piles of food of equal size and quality—a perfectly symmetrical situation. If the behavior of the donkey were completely rational, it would have no reason to prefer one pile to the other; therefore, it could not decide which pile to eat first. So it would remain in its original position and starve to death. This dilemma is called “Buridan’s ass.” I find many people immobilized by the challenge of choosing—even if both choices are attractive. Two … Read More

How smart are you?

I just returned to Franklin, TN from the INBOUND conference in Boston. So many new ideas and new connections. Guy Kawasaki talked about the 10 lessons he learned from Steve Jobs. Here’s just one: “Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence. When the world thought that changing ones mind was a sign of stupidity, Steve Jobs thought the opposite. Nearly all of us in our everyday lives think that changing our mind is a sign of stupidity and not intelligence. We don’t want to look like a fool in front of others, and so non-desirous of changing our mind. Interestingly, by … Read More

Stuck in indecision for fear of making a wrong move?

This is a guest post from Joel Boggess. He is a life coach, the host for Finding Your Voice Radio and he is on the advisory team. His new book is titled “Finding Your Voice”. As I wrote in the foreword, the investment of your time will come back multiplied with more confidence and enthusiasm – and you’ll discover a powerful voice that will inspire and encourage others along the way.  Here are other links to Joel’s work and new book:  Amazon book page, Webpage.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here. Stuck in indecision … Read More