No car no mortgage and a happy life

As many of you know, my grandparents on both sides were Amish.  So I have deep family roots in that culture.  Every time we visit family and friends in Holmes County Ohio,  I find myself fascinated by the quantity of businesses operating in that strong Amish area. We watch 18-wheelers turn down tiny gravel roads to get to the various businesses tucked among the back roads. The diminishing number of people directly involved in agriculture has affected even this agrarian group. Reports indicate that in this community, more than half the Amish have left the farms to work in small … Read More

Just Doing My Job

Henry David Thoreau once said:  “A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread.” Just doing a job cannot justify doing something unethical, immoral, or dishonest.  The guards in the German concentration camps, after becoming friends with the prisoners, would often justify walking them to the gas chambers with, “I’m just doing my job.” Unfortunately, I still see people who are selling cars they know are defective, products they can’t deliver, Florida resort land that is nothing but swamp, dental work that isn’t really needed, financial figures that are not quite … Read More

The wise prayer of a weak and insecure man

Isn’t it safer to just be average? Okay – here’s one of my responses that’s going to get me in hot water with some people. Recently a podcast listener asked this question – a very common theme from our Christian listeners. “Dan- Help. I have a poor man’s mindset and can’t seem to shake it. I’m stuck trying to understand Proverbs 30:7-9.  How can I change my mindset and start making more money?”  Eric Let’s look at what Proverbs 30: 7-9 has to say: 7  Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: 8  Keep … Read More

Deteriorating Integrity

“The rules I used to follow are for people who are where I used to be.”  In this week’s Leadership Podcast, Andy Stanley stated this as one of the signs of weakening integrity of any leader. Yes, integrity implies honesty, but more than that.  It also indicates consistency of actions, values, methods and principles.  Thus if a leader is courteous on his/her way up, we would expect them to continue to be courteous.  In The Millionaire Mind, author Thomas Stanley (no relation to Andy that I know of) says the one common characteristic of decamillionaires is integrity. And yet as … Read More

Just Doing My Job!

Henry David Thoreau once said: “A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread.” Just doing a job cannot justify doing something unethical, immoral, or dishonest. The guards in the German concentration camps, after becoming friends with the prisoners, would often justify walking them to the gas chambers with, “I’m just doing my job.” I know we have all been inundated with the messy details of the unraveling of Wall Street so I won’t bore you with more of the same. However, hopefully we will learn the lessons from this blatant … Read More