Not till God tells me………

“Dan! I’m feeling like I’m in a dead-end situation, but I’m not going to move until God tells me to do so!” I received this note recently from a reader – and it represents thousands of similar notes I’ve received over the last 20 years. The writer continues, “Dan, I’m miserable, frustrated, anxious, sick, exhausted, bored, nervous, worried, concerned, restless, fearful, frightened, apprehensive, troubled, upset, angry, exasperated, incensed, infuriated, discouraged, aggravated, maddened, offended, disappointed, distressed, anguished, tormented, suffering, afflicted, suffering, persecuted” – well, you get the idea.  But he’s not going to move until God himself “tells” him to. Just … Read More

Outta Work but headed for “Work I Love”

Last week I sent out a note in our weekly newsletter that mentioned if you are out of work right now you could send a brief note to explaining how you lost your job and what you are moving TO.  And that we would be drawing a name each week for our Ultimate Fresh Start Package. About 10 minutes after the newsletter went out, the messages started rolling in – and have not stopped.  While many are very sad and disheartening, I was also thrilled to see the optimism sneak in – even for those of you who are … Read More

Don’t Chase That Snake!

Looking back can keep you trapped in defeat – looking forward will release your success When I was 10 years old, one of my best friends was Bob Queen.  One afternoon while exploring the back acreage of our neighboring farms, a snake bit Bob. Seeing the snake slither off, my immediate response was to run after the snake, track him down and repay the scoundrel for what he had done to my friend.  Bob, however, being a much wiser hunter and outdoorsman, quickly pulled out his knife, lanced the bite, sucked the blood out and spit out the poison.  The focus … Read More

Unemployed Need Not Apply

Okay, here’s a phenomenon we’re seeing that is probably going to outrage some of you and confirm that “life is not fair” to others.  Job listings spotted on Monster, Careerbuilder and other websites flatly state any applicant should be currently employed.  There are job ads being posted that specifically say, “No unemployed will be considered.” Let’s just cut to the chase and list some reasons why: Employed workers are perceived as more skilled and valued Hiring a top performer is seen as a way of accessing a competitor’s strategies Employers still may assume jobless workers were laid off for performance … Read More