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Shorts vs Panties

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:58:19 +0000

This morning I opened a new pack of undershorts that Joanne picked up for me.  Wow – six pairs of new Jockey shorts.  Out of curiosity I asked her what she paid for these.  She said it was $5.99 for the pack of six.  Okay that’s $.99 each – and these babies have double stitching, a variety of colors, the extra overlap for the trap door that we guys need – all in all just a real classy piece of workmanship. Then I asked her what she pays for her panties. She said normally $8-10.00 each.  Of course those are much ... Read More

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Want to live a larger life?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:50:12 +0000

Recently a 36-yr-old MBA in exec position in an exciting industry shared this concern in her coaching profile:  “I have a vague sense that my life is too small.” Living large does not necessarily mean a bigger salary, house, cars or retirement fund.  It has nothing to do with fancy vacations or the latest fashions.  Rather, it means having a life that is full of meaning and purpose.  And that can occur – or be absent – at any place on the continuum of the traditional parameters of “success.”  I’ve seen millionaires who are living life “small” and those with scarce financial resources who are ... Read More

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This feeds my soul

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:33:02 +0000

Joanne brought home some white hyacinths a few days ago. The aroma filling our kitchen is intoxicating.  The weather is getting warmer and outside I see daffodils peeking up through the cold dirt. It reminded me spring is coming, but it also brought to mind this old quotation: “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 do I love that so much?  And why does it even make any sense?   Surely if you were down to only two loaves of bread the responsible ... Read More

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I believe other people are out to help me!

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:24:58 +0000

My academic background is in clinical psychology.  But I always wondered, why do we focus exclusively on human pathology and dysfunction?  What about the positive side, the moments when human beings are at their absolute best?  It seems we can give everyone a label, categorizing every action as a dysfunction of some kind.  My wife is an “enabler” because she enjoys helping people, I’ve been accused of being in “denial” because I choose to focus on the good in my past rather than the bad.  My son was “ADHD” because he found it hard to sit in a traditional classroom.  ... Read More

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15 Hours a Week + 10% Entrepreneur = A Sigh of Relief

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:06:48 +0000

This is a guest post by Rachel Eubanks. She is a beginner, a struggler, a wannabe, a hard worker, but most of all a truth teller. She writes about the beauty and the ugliness of starting your own business as she experiences it each week. With a teaching background, she has no formal training in business so she surrounds herself with wise people and listens to podcasts such as ours. You can read her journal and posts at inspiretoengage.com and also follow her on Instagram. Have you ever been holding your breath and didn’t know it until you exhaled loudly? ... Read More

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I’m a box of parts and nothing fits together

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:27:27 +0000

This is actually a quotation from one of my workshop attendees.  The young man went on to describe how he had the ability to do a lot of things but had never found a clear focus for his career.  This time of year we always see a great number of college graduates who present the same feeling.  “Now that I have this degree, what am I supposed to do?”  Having a degree does not necessarily lead a person in a clear direction.  That’s why we know that 10 years after graduation, 80% of college graduates are working in something totally ... Read More

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100% College Admission – how sad I am

Thu, 04 May 2017 13:23:32 +0000

I wrote this post 4 years ago, but was reminded once again, as at this time of year we’re seeing schools scrambling to brag about how many of their brilliant students are being admitted to fine colleges and universities.  And my feelings are stronger now than 4 years ago. ********************************************* Last Sunday on a leisure drive back from lunch, Joanne and I passed one of the most prestigious private high schools in our area.  A big 10ft banner was proudly posted at the front entrance stating: “100% College Admission for our Seniors – again.” I’ll have to admit I cringed upon seeing that.  ... Read More

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Don’t chase the snake

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:02:09 +0000

When I was 10 years old, one of my best friends was Bob Queen.  One afternoon while exploring the back acreage of our 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 for him was on his own well being, not on repaying the snake.  How often ... Read More

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Artist or employee – maybe not an either or

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:22:27 +0000

In preparation for Innovate, we are hearing from lots of “starving artists.”  You know the routine – you do a demo for your next album and hope to get a $100 gig at a local restaurant to buy groceries tomorrow.  Sell one painting for $300 then wonder how you’ll pay the rent this month.  Get your book published but then wonder how the $1.50 royalty is just compensation for all the work involved.  Not everyone tries to make a living from their “art.” The Story of T.S. Eliot T S Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social ... Read More

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Today is the day for this……..

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:34:47 +0000

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life ... Read More

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But I had no choice

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:41:52 +0000

You’ve heard the story about a man riding a horse at breakneck speed.  It appears he’s going someplace very important.  A man standing along the roadside shouts, “Where are you going?”  To which the rider yells back, “I don’t know.   Ask the horse.” This seems to be essentially the story I’m hearing from lots of people today.  They’re riding the horse of circumstances, their habits or other people’s expectations.  If that describes you, it’s time to grab the reins and move your life in the direction you really want to go. I’m currently working with a very prominent lady – ... Read More

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Don’t forget how to fish

Wed, 18 May 2016 20:30:20 +0000

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”  How do you best help someone who is struggling?  If third-world natives are living in poverty, should we send them money?  Or could we teach them how to plant crops or provide a goat that will nourish their family and allow them to sell the excess milk?  If an unmarried woman has a child, should we reward her for having additional children in the way of living quarters and medical care, or ... Read More

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I have a problem

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:25:25 +0000

A few weeks ago I acknowledged a growing challenge with the sidewalk leading to our front door. A full 10ft section had buckled up about 6 inches because of tree roots underneath.  That had ruined the gentle flow of our sidewalk and had created a dangerous lip for people to walk over.  So yes, I had a “problem.” Or was it something else?  When our children were small we never allowed them to come to us with a “problem.”  Rather, it was “an opportunity for a solution.”  And I’ve approached every situation in my business and life in the same way. ... Read More

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Homeless but Classy

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:36:28 +0000

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

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Desirable Difficulties

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:13 +0000

Does this seem like an impossible combination to you?  Is it an oxymoron – words that combine contradictory terms?  We recognize oxymorons in terms like: living dead, organized mess, alone in a crowd, jumbo shrimp, hot ice, cruel kindness, plastic glasses, pretty ugly, just war, or a real phony.  You get the idea. But what about Desirable Difficulties? This week in my podcast I had multiple questions about unexpected challenges:  a dad who has a child with signs of autism, a mom who wants to start her own business but now finds herself living in Thailand because of her husband’s ... Read More

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The Shallow Waters of Avarice

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:00:12 +0000

The lead-in question on the information requested when I coach someone personally is this:  “Briefly describe your current work situation.”  Here is a response I received:  “Antithetical to my personal and professional expectations.  Unfulfilling on multiple levels:  Lack of meaning and purpose; a myopic pursuit of the almighty dollar; a parasitic and never ending voyage into the shallow waters of avarice.” Wow – what a powerful and eloquent statement of being off track.  And of the understanding that money is never enough compensation for investing one’s time and energy.  The dictionary defines “avarice” as extreme greed for wealth or material ... Read More

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Okay where is my money?

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:00:02 +0000

I saw a gentleman one time who brought in several of his many business ideas.  He showed me a letter he received from “retired attorney, Phillip A. Brown.”  Mr. Brown carefully explained how he had been shown this wonderful system for success.  All he did was mail out 200 copies of this same coffee-stained crooked page and he had precise records of earnings that totaled $968,494.00!!  And the letter says clearly “YOU WILL RECEIVE OVER $800,000 GUARANTEED!!!  Yes, in all caps and with the exclamation marks. And “This is 100% legal service.” This was one of those where you have ... Read More

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I work only for the money

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:52:42 +0000

“Law school sucked all the life and creativity out of me.”  “I’ve never been happy practicing law.”  “I have never had a sense of purpose.”  “I feel destined to do something great, but have no idea why or what.”  “I work only for the money.” These are statements from a young attorney – who in his last position had been sick for 6 months, “triggered initially by stress.”  But a new “career opportunity” presented itself and he is now working in a prestigious position with a Fortune 500 company.  Unfortunately, the sickness is returning, starting with the symptoms of a ... Read More

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Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:00:44 +0000

This is a guest post from Troy Stoneking. In his own words, “I’m a very happily married man who writes, speaks, coaches and consults for individuals and organizations. By combining decades of experience in both the corporate world and entrepreneurship I help others find what they love to do in life whether at a job or in their own business. In addition I show companies how to find and keep the best people. I’d love to connect with you at TroyStoneking.com or on Facebook at Troy Stoneking!”  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.  The road from ... Read More

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What would happen if everyone did work they love?

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 23:38:20 +0000

Here’s a common question from a 48 Days Radio listener: Hi Dan!  There’s something that subconsciously troubles me about the notion that we should all do work we love.  Part of me feels guilty trying to focus on my passions knowing that at the end of the day, we NEED people to work in slaughter houses and be janitors etc.  Obviously, janitorial work is very important, but are there really people with a passion for feces?  If everybody applied your philosophy how would the “dirty jobs” get done? Thanks,  Dail  Great question!  Reason would tell us that no one would ... Read More

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When hope is gone

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:49:07 +0000

This is a time of year when many people are confronted with the fact that their dreams did not come true, their job still stinks, and life is no better than last year.  What do you do when hope seems to be fading?  But is it realistic to lose hope if the car breaks down or you lose your job? A couple of years ago, Joanne and I had the pleasure of doing a 2-hour presentation at the Tennessee Prison for Women, right before Christmas. Joanne is a regular there – she loves the ladies and they love her.  I ... Read More

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Why Eagles fly and Turkeys get eaten

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:05 +0000

(I’ve never been able to identify an author for this story, and have taken the liberty to modify it over the years.)      Once upon a time in the long, long ago the Eagle and the Turkey were very good friends. Everywhere they went these friends went together.  It was not uncommon for people to look up and see the Eagle and the Turkey flying side by side through the air.      One day while flying, the Turkey said to the Eagle:  “Let’s drop down and get a bite to eat.  My stomach is growling.”  “Sounds like a ... Read More

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Good for nothing education?

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:09:56 +0000

In this week’s 48 Days Podcast, Joanne and I reviewed the many contributions listeners sent in regarding raising creative and entrepreneurial children.  Many of the submissions expressed dismay with our current models of “education” and how the important skills seemed to be learned outside of a classroom. In my continued research into how education is changing, it became clear this is not exactly a new idea. In 1744, when George Washington was just a twelve-year-old boy, the Collected Chiefs of the Indian Nations met to discuss a letter from the College of William & Mary suggesting that they “send twelve of their young ... Read More

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The All New 48 Days to the Work You Love Seminar

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:21:43 +0000

For more than a decade, 48 Days to the Work You Love has been instrumental in helping people from all walks of life discover or create work they love. Almost daily I hear from people who followed the process and changed their lives. Earlier this year, my publisher released the tenth anniversary edition of the trade book. It isn’t just a reprinting of the original book; it has approximately 60% brand new content. Since the release of the book, the 48 Days Team has been hard at work redesigning the 48 Days Seminars. I’m excited to announce the release of ... Read More

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No car but no mortgage either

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:11:21 +0000

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

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How can these guys both be in the same business?

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:47:39 +0000

Last week I talked with two guys, both in the landscape business.  The first complained bitterly about customers who were hard to please, did not pay their bills on time and didn’t understand the big picture of landscaping.  He went on to say his machines would break down through no fault of his own and that he was filing bankruptcy that day. The next morning I spoke with Noe, the guy who has taken care of my landscaping and lawn maintenance for the last 15 years.  He told me how great business was, how he had just raised prices by 10% and ... Read More

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A Wheat Field in Kansas: New Beginnings of the Mind

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:46 +0000

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Derek Olsen, co-author of the book One Bed, One Bank Account and co-host of The Better Conversations Podcast. Derek and his wife Carrie encourage married couples to have better conversations about money that will strengthen their marriages. Derek and Carrie challenge everything money related on their blog, in their books, and on their podcast. When it’s time to get serious about your money, come find us.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Living in Kansas City means I have the pleasure of driving across Kansas several times a year. I ... Read More

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My Boss is Satan’s offspring

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:00:28 +0000

It’s really not difficult to determine a person’s point of reference. No, I really didn’t make that up.  As usual, the rich life stories I hear in working with people in transition offer enough real anecdotes that I don’t have to be very creative in finding phrases that colorfully describe real situations. In anticipation of meeting with me, a very “successful” young lady wrote this in her pre-coaching form:  “My company is going in a strictly money-motivated direction, and my manager may very well be Satan’s offspring.” She further validated her suspicions with lots of examples that certainly convinced me ... Read More

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