I’ve got a PhD but no JoB

Cherish your visions and dreams

I’ve got a PhD but no JoB  I’ve got B.S., and MBA, a PhD, a DDS – and no job. My heart breaks every time I see these painful letters.  Typically the writer has a mountain of student loan debt, the embarrassment of no job, and few marketable skills.  In this episode I talk about redefining “education” and getting degrees for the personal experience, not for the “job.” I have a dream to help divorced moms When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and … Read More

The 4 Critical Elements of your Work

As I talk with people who are growing in success I keep seeing essential components we can identify that will make us even more successful. It doesn’t matter if you’re a graphic designer, bookkeeper, artist, writer, speaker, computer programmer, web designer, attorney, dentist, coach, inventor or CEO, you can take a look at these elements and see how you’re doing.   Whether you have 1 customer or 10,000 you can look at your job, self-employment, or business to see how you’re engaging your skills to make money and make the world a better place. Rank yourself 1-100% on how well … Read More

Fishing for minnows or whales?

I just returned from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego.  Over 80 workshops on using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, StumbleUpon, podcasting, blogging, Google+ and YouTube for exploding any company’s growth. But now I’ve been pondering the information.  Where should I spend the most time and effort?  If I look at my customers in a pyramid like this and know that time and resources are limited, where are those resources best spent? Think about your own business.  Whatever product or service you have, you could classify your customers in the same fashion.  It seems that most of … Read More

How can I grow my client base – and make money?

Here’s a question that relates to any online business – whether you’re a coach, a fitness trainer, an artist, a musician, an organic gardener or a fudge maker. Nate from Missouri asks: “How can I grow my client base? I started an online business in February of 2013. It is an affordable way for people to get a Fitness Program and Trainer via the web. I started this because I lost 64lbs and battle with my own disability, Stargardt’s Disease. I am a Trainer and use all this to help people. But I am struggling, as my budget is low … Read More

Tomato Sale – Today Only

Here’s a great little story – and also, a great marketing twist you can use in your own business. A grocer put up a sign that read “Tomatoes, 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 tomatoes. The hardware store owner next door had been watching this happen again and again 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 … Read More

American Idol – you can do it!

Okay, here’s an example of the power of this 48Days.net community. On May 11th, on our weekly telemember call, I had 48Days.net member Chad Jeffers as my guest. As Carrie Underwood’s guitarist he called in from Austin, TX that night. We talked about his rise in music and his newly released book, 25 Notes for the Successful Musician.

Network Marketing — Good or Bad?

A reader recently asked, “Dan, what do you think of the concept of network marketing if the product is great and the training is exceptional?” Well let me ask you this.  If I told you the new Ferrari 612 Scaglietti has exceptional safety features, rollover ratings, great re-sale value, above average fuel efficiency and sells for only $312,088 – would you run out and buy one?   Obviously there are other considerations, such as your driving interests and financial position, as there are in this reader’s question.  The primary issue is not is it a great company, with a great product … Read More

Happy Birthday — Hula Hoop

The Hula Hoop turns 50 this year – at least as we know it.  Actually, hoops were used as toys, being pushed along with sticks over 3,000 years ago in Egypt.  Native Americans used hoops as a target for teaching accuracy in hunting.  But then in 1957 Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin of Wham-O started marketing a lightweight plastic version of the Hula Hoop.  They sold over 100 million from January to October of 1958 at $1.98 each.  Knerr and Melin were not able to patent the Hula Hoop as it had been around for many years.  All they did … Read More